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LIST: UK FERRY OPERATORS

This is a list of ferry companies operating out of UK ports.
Brittany Ferries 08709 076 103 Pound sign Brittany specialise in long sea crossings with routes from Plymouth to Roscoff (Brittany) and Santander (Spain); from Poole to Cherbourg; and from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, Caen, St. Malo & to Santander. There is also a route from Cork (Ireland) to Roscoff. It was originally set up (in 1973) with the support of the Chambers of Commerce in Brittany as a means of getting French farm produce into the UK market.
Caledonian MacBrayne 08705 650000 Ferries operating in the Clyde and Hebrides. They sail to twenty-two islands and four peninsulas on Scotland's West Coast.
Condor Ferries 0870 243 5140 Condor operate a combination of fast & conventional ferries between the UK mainland, France and the Channel Islands, with routes from Weymouth, Poole and Portsmouth to Cherbourg, St Malo, Guernsey & Jersey.
DFDS Seaways 08702 520 524 Pound sign North Sea ferry company operating ferry crossings and 'mini-cruises' to Holland from Newcastle, and Denmark from Harwich in Essex. In case you wondered, DFDS are the initials of the original company founded in 1866: Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (The United Steamship Company).
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle 08705 35 35 35 Ok, well perhaps not technically a 'ferry company' but a 'short (under) sea crossing operator' at least! We all know where this one comes from and goes to.(No? Folkestone-Calais)
HoverTravel 023 9281 1000 Fast (10 mins) Solent crossing by hovercraft (foot passengers only) from Southsea to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Irish Ferries 0818 300 400 High-speed and conventional ferry services between Holyhead-Dublin and Pembroke-Rosslare.
Isle of Man Steam Packet 0871 222 1 333 Ferries to the Isle of Man from Heysham (Lancs), Liverpool, Belfast, & Dublin.
LD Lines 0825 304 304 Daily ferry services between Ramsgate - Ostend, Dover - Boulogne, Newhaven - Dieppe and Portsmouth - Le Havre. LD is part of Louis Drefuss Armatures, a French shipping company. They have a new route planned across the Bay of Biscay from St Nazaire to Gijon on the north coast of Spain, which means that motorists could cross from the UK, drive across Brittany (4½ hrs, Le Havre-St Nazaire), and continue on by ferry to Gijon.
MyFerryLink 0844 2482 100 Pound sign Formed in Aug 2012, MyFerryLink is the Eurotunnel-owned successor to SNCF-owned SeaFrance which went into liquidation in Jan 2012, using the same ships on the same Dover-Calais route.
Norfolkline 0871 5747300 Pound sign Norfolkline (part of DFDS Ferries group) claims to be the fastest car ferry service to France from UK, operating between Dover-Dunkerque, which it says is a more convenient ferry route than Dover-Calais. They also operate Irish Sea services from Liverpool to both Dublin & Belfast, and a service from Rosyth (Scotland) down through the North Sea to Zeebrugge (Belgium).
Northlink Ferries 0845 6000 449 Ferry services from the NE Scottish mainland to the islands of Orkney and Shetland. They operate three times daily from Scrabster (near Thurso) to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland - with four of these sailings going via Orkney's capital, Kirkwall.
P&O Ferries 0871 664 64 64 P&O Ferries operate three country routes: from Portsmouth to Bilbao in Northern Spain, Dover-Calais, and from Hull to Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Zeebrugge (Belgium).
P&O Ferries (Irish Sea) 0870 24 24 777 Routes from Liverpool to Dublin, and from Troon & Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland.
Red Funnel Ferries 01703 333042 Isle of Wight ferries from Southampton. Their conventional ferry carries cars, coaches, freight & passengers between Southampton & East Cowes. The 'Red Jet' Hi-Speed passenger-only service connects Southampton and West Cowes.
Stena Line 08447 70 70 70 Pound signHigh speed and conventional ferries to Ireland and the Netherlands, with routes from Stranraer to Belfast; Fleetwood to Larne; Holyhead to Dublin and (across the bay) Dun Laoghaire; Fishguard to Rosslare; Harwich to Hoek van Holland and Rotterdam.
TransEuropa Ferries 01843 595522 Car ferry service between Ramsgate-Ostende.
Wightlink 0870 582 0202 Isle of Wight car ferry service from Portsmouth to Fishbourne & Lymington to Yarmouth, and a FastCat foot passenger service from Portsmouth to Ryde.

Notes

  • Ferrybooker.com is an online ferry and cross-Channel booking service enabling reservations with all operators offering UK departures. The site features complete searchable timetables, holiday offers and add-ons including accommodation, insurance, car hire and currency.
  • FerryOnline is a very useful fare comparison & booking site covering all of the ferry routes ex-uk.
  • Aferry.to is an online ferry booking system for European ferries services, not just ex-UK but in the Adriatic, Aegean, Baltic, Mediterranean,etc. There are also special offers and 'Ferry + Hotel' packages. It has an extremely simple to use graphical 'point & click' selection process.
  • FerrySavers.com offers low-cost ferry fares, travel insurance and special offers on Irish & European routes but not Scandinavia.
  • The Passenger Shipping Association has an information website, www.ferry information service.co.uk, giving details of ferry companies, their routes and driving tips for the countries they go to.
  • Openseas is a really useful timetable & ticketing site for the Greek ferry network, and they now have apps for iPhone and Android

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