About Caen ferry port

Caen ferry port in Ouistreham is 15km north of Caen itself and has direct access onto the autoroute fast road network for a convenient onward journey into France.

Caen port address

Avenue du Grand Large
Ouistreham
14150

Tel: 02 31 36 36 36
GPS co-ordinates: 49.284013,-0.249698

By car

The terminal is well sign-posted from the main access routes around Caen as "CAR FERRY". The autoroute is close to the port and offers easy access to Paris, the Loire, the south, and Brittany.

Take the N175 to Mont St Michel and Brittany. Use the N13 for Bayeux and Cherbourg. The N158 leads to Le Mans and the Loire Valley.

By train

The nearest railway station is in Caen, about 18km from the port. Regular TER and Intercité services depart from Caen train station to Paris St Lazare.

By taxi

There are usually taxis waiting outside the terminal for ship arrivals and departures. If there are no taxis, the tourist information desk can call a taxi for you.

Taxi fares from the terminal to Caen train station range from around 30€ during the day (7am to 7pm) to 40€ in the evening (7pm to 7am).

By bus

Twisto operates the number 61 bus service between Ouistreham and Caen. This service does not run for evening ferry arrivals or departures and the buses are not adapted for disabled travellers.

The route takes you to Caen city centre and buses depart about 500 yards from the terminal. View timetables and further details on the Twisto website.

Flixbus operates a direct coach service from the Ouistreham ferry terminal to Paris. Flixbus also operates from Caen city centre to other French towns such as Rouen, Amiens, Nantes, Avranches, Dinard and Lille. For more information visit their website.

Caen city centre bus prices
Journey Price
One Way 1.50 Euros
Return 2.70 Euros
24-Hour ticket 3.75 Euros

Check-in advice

Please allow the following check-in times. Your departure time will be printed on your e-ticket. 

Type of booking Minimum check-in time
Standard ferry or holiday booking 45 minutes
For disabled passengers or passengers with reduced mobility 60 minutes
Travelling with pets 90 minutes
Group bookings (10+) 90 minutes
When carrying dangerous goods 60 minutes

Facilities

 
Bureau de change
 
Cafe/bar (open daily 06:30 to 23:00)
 
Free wifi
 
Payphones (use phone cards only, available from the tourist office)
 
Shuttle bus for foot passengers
 
Muzzled dogs on a lead are allowed in all areas of the port

Terminal opening hours

The Brittany Ferries information desk is open from 06:45 - 23:59.

Travelling with your pet

Once you're past check-in, your pet must stay in the vehicle. Dogs on a lead are welcome in the local area.

Disabled facilities

 
Wheelchair-accessible single-storey building
 
Disabled parking outside terminal
 
Disabled toilets in vehicle check-in lanes
 
Transport for disabled foot passengers
 
Wheelchairs available in case of emergency    

Electric Cars

We are in discussion with the local authorities to install a charge point close-by the passenger terminal. You can find more charging points across France.

Parking

As well as parking in the port car park, you can park your vehicle in the vehicle check-in lanes overnight (after the last departure of the day) if you are travelling on the first departure in the morning.

Your vehicle is parked at your own risk and should not be left unattended. Toilet facilities are open 24 hours.

Duration Fee
Up to 2 hours FREE
2-6 hours 1.50 Euros/hour
6-14 hours 0.80 Euros/hour
14-24 hours 5 Euros
Additional 24 hours 5 Euros
7 days 25 Euros
After 7 days 3 Euros/day
30 days 75 Euros
After 30 days 1.50 Euros/day
Lost ticket 100 Euros
Special tariff "Day in London"* 9.90 Euros
*Arrive Friday between 8pm and 11pm and leave the following Sunday between 7am and 9am.

Got a few hours to spare?

If you have a few hours to spare before your sailing, then why not check out some of the great attractions in Caen? 

Sword beach

Walk: 13 mins (1.1km)

Drive: 2 mins (1.1km)

This expansive beach stretches right up to the port in Ouistreham and was one of two British landing beaches on D-Day. Less bloody then the battles at some of the other beaches, the British forces found their way off the beach and into town where they took on the Germans hiding at the Grand Bunker, which is now a museum.

They were then aided in their march towards Caen by the paragliders who had been dropped in the dead of night to take the bridge over the canal, now known as Pegasus Bridge. Sword beach is perfect for a leisurely stroll before getting on board for your sailing home.

More about Sword Beach

Grand Bunker museum

Walk: 11 mins (900m)

Drive: 4 mins (1.3km)

This 52ft high bunker was the last pocket of resistance when the British stormed Sword Beach. The Germans held out here for 3 days until the Royal Engineers finally blew up the armoured door leading to their surrender.

Today, it looks as it would've done on the day the doors were sprung as it's been turned into a museum. Walk around all sorts of areas including the medical bay, transmissions room and ammunitions store to discover what life was like for the soldiers living here during the war. You can go right up to the observation post at the top and look at across Sword beach with a 360 degree view.

More about Le Grand Bunker

Pegasus memorial

Walk: 1 hour 5 mins (5.3km)

Drive: 12 mins (6.1km)

The capture of this bridge over the Caen canal was critical for the success of the D-Day Landings, especially those troops landing at Sword beach. The original bridge has been removed and replaced with one suited to modern traffic. But the original has moved just a short distance to the Pegasus Memorial, a museum dedicated to the fight to take the bridge and the surrounding area.

In the grounds, as well as the bridge you'll find a replica Horsa glider like those which landed the paratroopers in the early hours of the morning on 6 June 1944. Inside are some fantastic displays with archive footage and personal artefacts from the men who landed here.

More about Pegasus Memorial

Caen city guide

Find an en route hotel

You can choose any hotel from the selection on this website for accommodation en route to or from your holiday destination and at our ports in France and Spain - all include breakfast and prices shown will be reduced as they include some ferry travel costs.

For a quote or to add one of these to your booking, please call our Reservations centre at the number below.

add an en route hotel to your booking

Make your ferry or holiday reservation online and then call our Reservations Team on 0330 159 7000 quoting the hotel reference.

Double room in France from only £66 B&B

The hotels closer to our ferry ports are busier in the summer so please try and book early! Remember, prices will be cheaper to those shown as these do include some ferry travel costs.

Hotels in Caen

Routes to Caen

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Portsmouth to Caen

Sail from Portsmouth to Caen in less than 6 hours during the day or cruise across on an overnight sailing.

The perfect gateway for Normandy, Caen has an excellent road network for all of France and is in a beautiful area of Normandy. It's also the best route to take to visit the D-Day sites, bringing you right into the heart of the D-Day Landings area.

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