Rosslare to Cherbourg

Irish Ferries’ Rosslare to Cherbourg Route

Irish Ferries is a division of Irish Continental Group, one of the most renowned of Irish maritime companies, and has been the winner of multiple awards for efficient navigation and excellence of customer service on its various ferry routes to France and Britain. The Rosslare to Cherbourg route offers foot passengers and automobile passengers a relatively quick and affordable means to arrive on the mainland for holidaying or touring activities. It is the more luxurious option as compared to the new economy-style Dublin to Cherbourg route, which also uses a smaller vessel and requires one bring a vehicle.

The Oscar Wilde

This Finnish-built cruise ferry still retains its white-blue colour pattern, unlike all other Irish Ferries vessels which sport an Irish green and white combination. It can carry up to 1,458 passengers, has 1,376 beds available, and can be loaded with approximately 580 vehicles. It has served Irish Ferries well since they acquired it in 2007 and has proven its seaworthiness for many years as it has plod the busy waters of the Irish Sea and English Channel.

Amenities on Board

There are four on-board restaurants, including a French cafe and a steakhouse, a piano bar and two lounges which provide entertainment, a supermarket, gift shop, and perfumery, a conference centre, a beauty salon, and the Cinema de Cannes. There will be no problem finding things to keep one occupied during the 16 to 17 hour long journey.


Out-bound and return trips operate throughout the year on alternating days of the week. All the second times mentioned are for the following day, and one should note that Cherbourg is in the next-east time zone (an hour is gained or lost with each trip)- local times are always given.

The out-bound schedule is:
Sundays- 18:00 (6 p.m.) to 14:00 (2 p.m.)
Wednesdays- 21:30 (9:30 p.m.) to 17:00 (5 p.m.)
Fridays- 21:30 (9:30 p.m.) to 16:30 (4:30 p.m.)

The return trip schedule is:
Tuesdays- 20:00 (8 p.m.) to 14:00 (2 p.m.)
Thursdays- 21:30 (9:30 p.m.) to 15:30 (3:30 p.m.)
Saturdays- 21:30 (9:30 p.m.) to 14:30 (2:30 p.m.)


The exact charge will vary based on what type of vehicle, if any, one brings, on what type of room one selects, etc., but a single adult foot passenger fare starts at 28.5 Euros (22.4 Lbs., $36) and a single passenger with a small car can expect to pay a minimum fare of 101.5 Euros (79.7 Lbs., $128). Those who book for a 2015 trip before year’s end can also expect to get a 10 percent discount, and other special deals are also outlined on the Irish Ferries website.

Rosslare, Ireland

This small Irish village has been a famous resort town for over a century and is well connected to Dublin through the Rosslare Europort’s railway system. It is one of the sunniest parts of all Ireland and has wonderful blue flag beaches, golf courses, and more.

Cherbourg, France

This important port city on Normandy’s Cotentin peninsula has many historical and cultural landmarks and other tourist-frequented sites to accommodate its large annual mass of visitors. Its central location along the French north coast and proximity to numerous nature preserves makes it an ideal spot for a memorable getaway.