Portsmouth to Bilbao Ferry

Brittany Ferries operate the Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry.

The Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry is operated by Brittany Ferries with up to 2 sailings per week and a crossing time of 24 hours. Onboard you will find fantastic facilities including restaurants, bars, play areas, and more.

You can also sail with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander, giving you great flexibility when booking your ferry to spain.

Alternative Ferries

Portsmouth to Bilbao Ferry

  • Twice weekly sailings
  • Depart Portsmouth Sunday and Friday
  • Fantastic “cruise experience”
  • Save the hassles of flying
  • Crossing time of 24 or 32 hours
  • Travel with pets (cats / dogs)

Both foot passengers and vehicles are carried on the Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry, sailing in style on the luxury cruise ferry Cap Finistere. There’s a selection of cabins to suite different budgets, and of course fantastic onboard entertainment to make the journey both fun and relaxing.

Onboard Experience

Brittany Ferries are renowned for their high levels of customer service and excellent onboard experience, and the Cap Finistere sailing between Portsmouth and Bilbao is no exception. Cap Finistere provides a relaxed atmosphere where passengers can enjoy the comfort and space onboard, and most people feel that the ferry journey itself is an integral part of their holiday.

Food and Drink

There’s a choice of food and drink service onboard, ranging from fine dining in “Restaurant du Port”, a high quality brasserie, “Le Petit Marche” offering healthy meals and snacks, to “Le Cafe Salad Bar” serving pizza, pasta, and burgers. In addition there are two bars to choose from each offering the usual full range of drinks plus selected snacks.


Of course with 24 hours to enjoy the crossing, there is a range of onboard activities to keep all the family entertained. There’s a cinema showing the latest film releases, slot and games machines, and WIFI internet access available. A swimming pool is also available – outdoors and heated! Of course there are also shops, lounges and decks to explore. For those who prefer a bit of peace and quiet, there are plenty of areas where you can sit back an relax with a good book.

Kid’s Entertainment

Brittany Ferries don’t forget the little ones and to keep them entertained there’s a play area, the swimming pool, cinema, and child-friendly restaurants. Baby changing facilities can be found throughout the ferry, and you’ll always have your cabin to get some peace and quiet or an afternoon nap. Cots are available on request for younger children.

Travelling with Pets

No need to leave beloved pets with relatives or in kennels. With Brittany Ferries, you can travel with your dog. There are special dog-friendly cabins plus a deck where they can be exercised.


All passengers must travel in a cabin and there’s a choice to suit your requirements. There are 2 berth or 4 berth inside our outside (i.e. with a porthole) cabins and for those looking for a little extra luxury there are the Finistere Club or De Luxe cabins. When booking you can choose your preferred cabin as well as see pictures and a list of facilities inside. All cabins are air conditioned and there are cabins available for disabled passengers, passengers with pets and cots for younger travellers.