Dublin to Cherbourg

Dublin to Cherbourg Ferry

The Dublin, Ireland to Cherbourg, France ferry is the newest of Irish Ferries’ regular routes, and it is designed to be an economy-style and more direct alternative to the more luxurious Rosslare to Cherbourg option. Easily accessible within Dublin, passengers and their vehicles will be transported overnight through the Irish Sea and the English Channel (the busiest waterway in the world) to the port of Cherbourg on the northern coast of Normandy. This new connection greatly facilitates family outings, holidays, and tours of France by those based in Ireland.

Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries is a sub-division of Irish Continental Group, one of the leading Irish maritime companies. It has excelled so as to be voted “Best Ferry Company” by Irish Travel Trade and to win multiple awards from a wide range of groups over a span of many years.

The Epsilon

This route is plied by the newly chartered Epsilon, a fast Ro-pax type ferry built in 2011 that can carry 500 passengers and offers over 2,800 lane-meters of vehicle storage space. Cabins and accommodations are two or four berth with Wi-Fi included, and a bar, restaurant, and cafeteria are all on board for customer use.


This route operates year-long on every Saturday. Departures are at 3:30 p.m. Dublin time (15:30), and arrivals are at 11:30 a.m. Cherbourg time next day. The travel time is 19 hours, and one hour should be added to your clock since you will be moving into the time zone next to the east. The return trip departs on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. (17:00) and arrives on Monday at 11:00 a.m.


The minimum fare is 99 pounds (125 Euros, $160) for one car with its driver. Buses, large vans or trucks, and multiple vehicles and passengers will increase the fare accordingly as will upgrading accommodations.


Apartments and resorts by Pierre and Vacances in Cherbourg and nearby have special partnerships with Irish Ferries. To find out about other special deals and more details on this one, see the appropriate section of our website.

The City of Dublin

This capital and most populous city of Ireland is a centre of trade, education, culture, and tourism. Dublin has been named a class one “Global City” for its important place in the world economy, and it has long been known by tourists to be a treasure trove of Irish life and history. Some important sites to see in Dublin include: Dublin Castle (finished 1230), the Spire of Dublin which is a 120 metre (400 foot) tall stainless steel spire, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (built 1191), Dublin Zoo, the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery, the seven-floor Guinness Storehouse, and numerous parks, shopping centres, and fine Irish restaurants and pubs.

The City of Cherbourg

The port-city of Cherbourg sits on the tip of the Cotentin peninsula in Lower Normandy and has long been an important city fought over by Norman Vikings, British, Germans, and French. It was fortified heavily both in Napoleanic times and during World War II, and the allies scored a major victory there in June of 1944. Cherbourg grants easy access to all of northern France due to its central location and has many benefits of its own to offer the tourist. Some of the most notable sights of Cherbourg are: the Cité de la Mer, a huge maritime museum, Cherbourg Basilica, the La Glacerie race track, the de la Roche Fauconnière botanical gardens, the Musée de la Libération, a World War II museum, the Musée des Beaux-arts with its native painting collections by Thomas Henry and others, and the Le Trident Theatre. There are many wonderful French cafes, great hotels, nature preserves, and shopping centres also within reach.