The Channel Islands still hold a huge amount of appeal to many British tourists. There’s something so special about a group of Islands that are a little bit like home, but with plenty of French flavour and of course, that wonderful island spirit. Since so many of us Brits want to go there, Guernsey and Jersey are well served by ferries from England. Currently all of the Channel Island routes are operated by Condor ferries.


Journey Time
Portsmouth to Guernsey6 per week7 hoursCondorCondor Ferries


Does this ferry also go to Jersey?
Yes, Condor Ferries from Portsmouth stop at Guernsey first, then travel on to Jersey.

Do I need to book a cabin?
No, although cabins are available of course, with a choice of cabins inside the ship, or those with a window to the outside, plus a Superior class cabin too. But if you don’t book a cabin, you can book reclining seats or even Club Class seating, for extra comfort during your trip.

Which ferry company runs the route?
Condor Ferries run all the crossings from England to the Channel Islands, plus various other routes to France – St Malo, which is quite near to the Channel Islands, and Cherbourg. Condor also run ferries between Guernsey and Jersey, the 2 main Channel Islands.

How long is the ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Guernsey?
There’s a choice of crossings: the faster crossing takes around 7 hours. The slower ones up to 14 hours.

Does the ferry sail overnight?
Currently none of the crossings outward, from Portsmouth to Guernsey, sail overnight. However, some of the return crossings leave Guernsey and travel through the night to arrive in Portsmouth early the next morning.

Moving on from Guernsey

As mentioned above, there are regular ferries from Guernsey to Jersey (many as part of the same longer crossing). So you will find it easy to hop between the 2 main islands. You could also take a Condor ferry to the French mainland at St Malo. You can also take a ferry to Sark and Alderney (although not the car).