A view overlooking the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao

Overlooking the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao


Portsmouth to Bilbao car ferry

Cars and passengers taken on all sailings

Cruise to Spain on our Portsmouth to Bilbao route aboard our car ferry, Cap Finistère, for a convenient one or two night sailing, or aboard our brand-new ship, Salamanca, in 2022. There are three departures each week in 2021, and two departures a week in 2022, carrying both cars and foot passengers. Bilbao is a convenient start for onward journeys to destinations throughout Spain and the South of France with easy access to the Spanish motorway network.

It's so easy when you can take your own car on holiday; enjoy a relaxed and familiar driving experience and the freedom to travel wherever you like. You can also pack without worrying about baggage allowances; just fill the car with all your holiday essentials!

In 2021:

  • Outward sailings on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays aboard Cap Finistère

  • Return journeys boarding on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays aboard Cap Finistère

  • Spend 24 to 32 hours enjoying a luxury cruise experience

In 2022:

  • Outward sailings on Sundays and Thursdays aboard Salamanca

  • Return sailings on Saturdays and Tuesdays aboard Salamanca

  • Outward sailings are 2-night crossings whilst return sailings are 1-night crossings

Car ferry to Bilbao

When you take the car ferry to Bilbao you'll be sailing on Cap Finistère or brand-new Salamanca. Cap Finistère offers travel with a laid-back style and has a range of 2 and 4-berth cabins, a choice of restaurants, bars, and cafes to suit all tastes, and leisure facilities including a heated outdoor swimming pool, movie lounge and shops. 

Salamanca is new for 2021 and offers a wholly Spanish experience so that your holiday to Spain really begins as soon as you step on board. With authentic Spanish food in our restaurant and a Tabernas de Tapas, the biggest beds in the fleet and free Video On Demand, travelling to Spain has a great new style.

Research your onboard experience further with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Bilbao.

Getting around Spain by car

Take your car to enjoy a really convenient holiday in Spain or France with the freedom to travel wherever you choose, whether on a fast motorway or scenic, rural route. Your car offers familiar comfort for all the family and it's easy to have a multi-centre holiday, take overnight stops and be flexible to change your plans at short notice.


To Miles (Km)
Alicante 496 (799)
Barcelona 376 (605)
Leon 196 (315)
Madrid 245 (395)
Salamanca 247 (398)
Vigo 435 (700)
Biarritz 91 (147)


To ensure you are fully prepared for driving in Spain, have a look at our helpful guides on what to expect and find out what you'll need to know in the unfortunate event of an accident or breakdown.