About Cherbourg ferry port

Cherbourg is one of the best-connected ferry ports in France and is a gateway to the beautiful Cotentin Peninsula. Cherbourg is ideal for visiting the Manche department of Normandy, Brittany and west France.

Cherbourg port address

Quai de Normandie

Tel: 02 33 88 44 88
GPS co-ordinates: 49.644577,-1.605079

By car

Take the N13 to Caen and the D901 to Cherbourg. Once in Cherbourg, it is easy to find the port, which is clearly signposted.

By taxi

Taxis are generally available at the terminal when the ship arrives. If there are none, our staff at the information desk will be happy to book one for you.

By bus

A free shuttle bus, run by the port authority, is available from Cherbourg port to La Cité de la Mer, near the town centre. It is not suitable for disabled passengers. It leaves approximately 30 minutes after the ferry arrives and runs for both Barfleur and Normandie Express arrivals.

Returning on Barfleur? The shuttle bus runs twice a day from La Cité de la Mer to the terminal. The buses leave 1hr 15mins and 1hr prior to your scheduled departure time. 

Returning on Normandie Express? The same schedule runs Mon-Wed as for Barfleur. However, Thu-Sun there is only the bus 1 hour prior to scheduled departure time.

By train

Regular services operate from Cherbourg train station to Caen, Rouen, Paris St Lazare (via Caen) and Rennes (via Lison). The station is in the centre of town and is a 5 minute taxi journey from the ferry terminal.

By foot

A free shuttle bus is available, please see above.  If you wish to walk, it takes approximately 20-30 minutes to the town centre and 40 minutes to the train station from the terminal.

Check-in advice

Due to our new health and safety measures, passengers must check-in at least 90 minutes before departure.


Baby change room
Showers (free)
Payphones (phonecards available from the bureau de change or freight office)
Tourist information

Disabled facilities

Wheelchair-accessible building with lifts
Disabled parking
Disabled toilets in terminal and vehicle check-in lanes
Transport for disabled foot passengers
Wheelchairs available in case of emergencies    

Travelling with Dogs

There is a small grassed area outside the terminal where dogs are allowed but they must be on a lead and muzzled. Once you're past check-in, your pet must stay in the vehicle.

The nearest parks to the port are around 12 minutes drive away. Parc de la Fauconniere is to the south of Cherbourg on the outskirts of the town whilst Le Park Emmanuel is in the centre of Cherbourg on the west of the river.

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.


In front of the terminal is a free car park for short and long stays. Part of the car park is reserved for motorhomes and caravans. Vehicles are parked at the owner's risk. Toilets facilities are open 24 hours.

A secure car park is available behind the terminal for €5 per day.

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 Cherbourg? 

Cité de la Mer

Walk: 25 mins (2km)

Drive: 6 mins (2.3km)

Head under the sea (without getting your feet wet) at Cherbourg's Cite de la Mer! Housed inside the strikingly Art Deco former Transatlantic Liner Terminal, from where tens of thousands crossed to the Americas aboard the great ocean liners of the 20th century, this huge family attraction is one not to miss.

There's a host of stunning aquariums including the deepest tank in Europe, a gallery of remarkable underwater machines with even deep-sea submersibles on show and a fantastic exhibition devoted to what life was like aboard the Titanic, which departed from Cherbourg before its fateful journey.

And that's not to mention the submarine that's parked out back! Step into La Redoubtable, the largest submarine open to the public in the world!

Cité de la Mer

Château des Ravalet

Walk: 52 mins (4km)

Drive: 11 mins (5.6km)

Not far our from the centre of Cherbourg lies this elegant Renaissance-era chateau. The house itself has a fascinating history thanks to the intriguing lives of some of its former owners.

But if it's peace and quiet you're after, then a walk in the gardens is just the ticket. Take a turn through the pretty pathways and find your own little slice of heaven in these 30 acres of attractive gardens,

Château des Ravalet

Musée de la Libération

Walk: 58 mins (4km)

Drive: 9 mins (3.1km)

Set high on a hill in the historic Fort du Roule, this museum tells the story of Cherbourg's occupation by the Germans during WW2 and its liberation by the Allied troops on 25 June 1944.

Discover what life was like to live in Cherbourg during that difficult time as well as about the soldiers that fought here with a variety of exhibits and archive footage from the liberation.

There's also fantastic views from the fort all across the city.

Musée de la Libération

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 Cherbourg

Routes to Cherbourg


Poole to Cherbourg

Our shortest route, taking just 4.5 hours, this route is perfect for visiting the Cotentin Peninsula and the D-Day beaches. And we have options to sail back from Cherbourg overnight.

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Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Our fastest route, sailing from Portsmouth to Cherbourg aboard Normandie Express takes just 3 hours.

With sailings every day throughout the summer, it's perfect if you want to get to France quickly!

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