destinations accessible by ferry from France

PRACTICE – Corsica, Sardinia, the Balearic Islands or Ireland … These islands are directly accessible from French ports. Connections, duration, comfort on board … Our guide to traveling by sea instead of by plane.

It is a mode of transport that is often forgotten in the face of the train and the plane. But from Ireland to Morocco via Corsica and the Balearic Islands the ferry sails seven countries departing from French ports such as Cherbourg, Marseille or Nice. He can no doubt be blamed for being slow. Sure, but it should suit travelers who want to take their time well, as well as those who want to reach their destination by car, motorcycle or bicycle.

If some crossings are made during the day in a matter of hours, especially between France and England, others require one night, or even more. Simple armchair, private cabin or suite with views … On board everything is made to feel like a hotel, with categories of comfort within easy reach of all budgets. To make the journey more comfortable, some ships have a spa, swimming pool, cinema, video game area or kennel. Like a crossing air …

Le Figaro has compiled the list of regular maritime connections from the French mainland based on data from the Directferries ferry comparison. The examples of prices shown are based on simulations for a single trip for one or two people without a car in the cheapest cabin, excluding promotions. Prices are subject to change depending on the travel date and the cabin category selected (with view, suite, family cabin, etc.).

The United Kingdom

A P&O Ferries ship crosses the ‘Channel’ between Calais and Dover. Image’in – stock.adobe.com

An hour and a half is the time it takes to reach Calais from the port of Dover, in the south of England, via the Pas de Calais Strait (31 km). Longer, but probably much more comfortable than through the Channel Tunnel. The axis is particularly well served with around fifty daily crossings operated by P&O Ferries, DFDS and Irish Ferries. Please note that only P&O Ferries offer pedestrian crossings. From Dover it takes two hours to reach London by motorway. Unless you prefer to pamper yourself with an iodized vacation on the Kent coast …

Crossings between France and England are also offered from Normandy (Le Havre, Cherbourg …) and Brittany (Saint-Malo, Roscoff …)

What are the lines?

  • Calais-Dover with P&O Ferries (23 / day), DFDS (14 / day) and Irish Ferries (4 / day)
  • Dunkirk-Dover with DFDS (12 / day)
  • Roscoff-Plymouth with Brittany Ferries (7 / week)
  • Dieppe-Newhaven with DFDS (3 / day)
  • Caen-Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries (3 / day)
  • Saint-Malo-Poole with Condor (3 / week)
  • Cherbourg-Poole with Brittany Ferries (10 / week)
  • Cherbourg-Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries (5 / week)

Price example: from the € 85 Calais-Dover crossing for four passengers and a car with P&O Ferries.

Ireland

Dublin is connected to Cherbourg in 19 hours by Irish Ferries. Something Irish – stock.adobe.com

Three Irish ports are connected by ferry from Cherbourg and Roscoff: Cork to the southwest; Rosslare, at the southeastern tip; and the capital Dublin, on the east coast of the island. Allow between 12 hours (between Roscoff and Rosslare) and 19 hours (between Cherbourg and Dublin) for the crossing.

What are the lines?

  • Cherbourg-Rosslare with Brittany Ferries (1 / week) and Stena Line (3 / week)
  • Cherbourg-Dublin with Irish Ferries (4 / week)
  • Roscoff-Cork with Brittany Ferries (2 / week)
  • Roscoff-Rosslare with Brittany Ferries (1 / week)

Price example: from € 162 for the Cherbourg-Dublin crossing for one person in a private cabin with Irish Ferries (€ 235 for two people).

Mallorca and Menorca in the Balearic Islands

Cap de Formentor is located about thirty kilometers from the port of Alcúdia, in the northern part of the island of Mallorca. Jenny Sturm – stock.adobe.com

From Toulon, the crossing to the islands of Mallorca and Menorca in the Spanish Balearic archipelago is seen at night aboard a Mega Express ship from Corsica Ferries. It takes 11 hours to travel to Alcúdia (Majorca) and 14.5 hours to Ciutadella (Menorca). Do you hesitate between one or the other of these islands? Make your choice by reading our guide to the Balearic archipelago.

What are the lines?

  • Toulon-Alcudia (Majorca) with Corsica Ferries (3 / week), from 2 April,
  • Toulon-Ciutadella (Menorca) with Corsica Ferries (1 / week), from 2 April.

Price example: from € 87 for the Toulon-Alcúdia crossing for one person in a private cabin (€ 107 for two people).

Corsica

Corsica is particularly well served from the mainland and the ports of Marseille, Nice and Toulon. While some daytime crossings are completed in just six hours thanks to Corsica Ferries’ Mega Express vessels, it takes between 10 and 12 hours for a night crossing. In addition to the two main ports, Ajaccio and Bastia, there are also landings at Île Rousse and Porto Vecchio. The main company operating the Isle of Beauty, Corsica Ferries, offers up to 30 crossings a day during the summer season.

What are the lines?

  • From Marseille : Ajaccio with La Méridionale (4 / week) and Corsica Linea (3 / week) Bastia with Corsica Linea (7 / week) and La Méridionale (3 / week) Île Rousse with Corsica Linea (4 / week) Porto Vecchio with Corsica Linea (3 / week) and La Méridionale (3 / week) Propriano with La Méridionale (3 / week)
  • From On a : Bastia with Corsica Ferries (6 / week) Île-Rousse with Corsica Ferries (3 / week) Porto Vecchio with Corsica Ferries (1 / week)
  • From Toulon : Ajaccio with Corsica Ferries (13 / week) Bastia with Corsica Ferries (7 / week) Île Rousse with Corsica Ferries (6 / week) Porto Vecchio with Corsica Ferries (3 / week)

Price example: from € 86 for the Toulon-Ajaccio crossing for one person in a private cabin with Corsica Ferries (€ 108 for two people).

Sardinia

The medieval town of Castelsardo, about thirty kilometers from the port of Porto Torres, in northern Sardinia. Balate Dorin – stock.adobe.com

Separated from Corsica by only 12 km, Sardinia is accessible by ferry from Nice, Toulon and Marseille. Ships dock either at Porto Torres, the northwestern part of the island, or at the Golfe d’Aranci, to the northeast. From Nice and Toulon, count ten hours crossing to the Italian island, the largest island in the Mediterranean, which is full of beautiful beaches and beautiful restaurants.

What are the lines?

  • From On a : Porto Torres (2 / week) and Aranci Bay (1 / week) with Corsica Ferries
  • From Toulon : Porto Torres (2 / week) and Aranci Bay (1 / week) with Corsica Ferries
  • From Marseille : Porto Torres with La Méridionale (1 / week).

Price example: from € 79 for the Toulon-Porto Torres crossing for one person in a private cabin with Corsica Ferries (€ 97 for two people).

Morocco

Tangier (here Cap Spartel) is connected to Marseille and Sète by sea. pszabo – stock.adobe.com

It takes almost 40 hours to cover the 1100 km that separate Sète from Tangier. The most cosmopolitan of Moroccan cities, located in the Strait of Gibraltar, is open to both Europe and Africa, to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. It offers an ideal starting point for the discovery of Morocco and its imperial cities such as Fez or Marrakech. From here, Casablanca can be reached in two hours thanks to the new TGV, Al Boraq.

What are the lines?

  • Sète-Tangier with CNG (2 / week)
  • Sète-Nador with Balearia and GNV (2 / week)
  • Marseille-Tangier with La Méridionale (3 / week)

Price example: from € 174 for the Sète-Tanger crossing for one person in an interior cabin with CNG (€ 248 for two people).

Algeria

Views of the harbor and Algiers Bay from the Casbah. From France, the Algerian capital is served only from Marseille. Eric Martin / Le Figaro Magazine

Marseille is the only French port offering crossings to Algeria. Currently, only the capital Algiers is served. The companies Corsica Linea and Algérie Ferries provide the connection in approximately 21 hours.

What are the lines?

  • Marseille-Algiers with Corsica Linea (3 / week) and Algérie Ferries (2 / week)

Price example: from € 235 for the one-person Marseille-Algiers crossing in a private cabin with Corsica Linea.

Tunisia

The village of Sidi Bou Said, a few kilometers from the capital Tunis. Korkmaz engine – stock.adobe.com

There is only one sea connection between France and Tunisia. From Marseille, Corsica Linea and CTN Ferries offer 22-hour crossings to Tunis. Once off the table, you can sample some Tunisian street food dishes and set off to discover the fragrant souks and archeological remains.

What are the lines?

  • Marseille-Tunis with Corsica Linea (3 / week) and CTN Ferries (6 / week)

Price example: from € 185 for the Marseille-Tunis crossing for one person in a private cabin with CTN Ferries (€ 309 for two people).

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