St Malo is the major ferry port in France nearest to the Channel Islands, hence it is served by Condor Ferries (which depart from Poole), but also Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth. St Malo is a beautiful place to visit in itself, but also offers drivers a wonderful gateway to the rest of Brittany.


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Portsmouth to St Malo7 per week11 hoursBrittanyBrittany Ferries
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How long is the ferry crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo?
The crossing takes around 11 hours and is operated by Brittany Ferries.

Does the ferry sail overnight?
Yes, the ferry is overnight. This makes it a great way to get to France – travel while you sleep! And you will arrive refreshed and relaxed for any onward journey.

Is this the best ferry to get to Brittany?
This depends on your starting point, but you do have a choice of either the Poole or Portsmouth to St Malo route, or the Plymouth to Roscoff route. Roscoff is about 130 miles from St Malo. There are a few other routes you could choose from but which would mean a bit more driving: from Poole or Portsmouth to Cherbourg, Portsmouth to Le Havre and Portsmouth to Caen. As an alternative, you could also consider taking a ferry to the Channel Islands, and then on to St Malo.

Moving on from St Malo

St Malo is a great place to start a driving tour of Brittany. After spending a few days there, it’s easy to move on and explore other wonderful sights and areas, such as Rennes, Nantes, Lancieux or Morbihan, for example. Brittany has a lot to offer anyone with an adventurous spirit – from amazing gastronomy to a rich and wonderful Celtic and France culture.