You have two choices with St. Malo. Either Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Condor Ferries from Poole.
Tel: 02 99 40 64 41
GPS Co-ordinates: 48.642572,-2.024215
Portsmouth to St. Malo
Brittany Ferries operate a number of overnight crossings to St. Malo from Portsmouth.
When we last checked the timetable they set off at around 8pm in the evening from Portsmouth and arrived just after 8 am in France.
The return trip was an all day crossing, leaving at around 10 or 11 am and arriving back in the UK just after 6pm. Some over night return crossings are available in some months of the year.
Poole to St. Malo
The Poole to St. Malo route also stops of at the Channel Islands, and so is great if you want a multi-centre stay.
Despite being a fast ferry, the stop off in the Channel Islands does make for a long crossing (though it does break it up)… and also, St. Malo is a lot further away than Dover to Calais. If you leave Poole at around 8:00 you can expect to arrive in St. Malo at 16:10.
We have sailed on this route with Condor Ferries before. The ferry is not that big and was quite stable. We didn’t have to wait too long to drive on at either end.
However, a note of caution about the ferry terminus at Poole: on the way in there is a bridge that moves for vessels. Don’t get stuck in the traffic queues or you could miss the boat! (We almost did once). Allow plenty of time to get there.
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