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Portugal & Spain Ferries

Ferries to Portugal

Sea Travel to Portugal

Taking a car ferry from the UK to northern Spain is a leisurely travel option for getting to Portugal albeit an expensive one and there are still around a 1000km to go to by road to Lisbon, 1300km to Faro and 800km to Porto.

Brittany Ferries sail twice weekly from Plymouth (March - December) making the crossing to Santander in around 18 hours.

P & O sail from Portsmouth to Bilbao in around 30-35 hours, twice weekly from March - December.

Tickets are available direct from the ferry companies or at most travel agents and vary according to the season.

The nearest sea connections from North Africa are from Morocco to Spain and Tangier to Gibraltar.

There is also a water crossing from Portugal to Spain on a car ferry on the Rio Guadiana from Vila Real de Santo Antonio to Ayamonte.

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Algarve.
Boat arriving at Vila Real de Santo Antonio from Ayamonte across the Rio Guadiana in Spain
Car ferry to Spain.
Car ferry to Spain

Ferries Across The River Tagus in Lisbon

Ferries cross the River Tagus in Lisbon with the main route being the quick connection from Cais do Sodre to Cacilhas. The boat journey takes round 10 minutes and ferries make the crossing roughly every 15-20 minutes.

There are also ferries from Cais do Sodre to Montijo and Seixal on the south bank of the Tagus. Other cross-Tagus ferries include Terreiro do Paço to Barreiro, and Belem to Porto Brandão and Trafaria.


The first boat from Cacilhas to Cais do Sodre on weekdays leaves Cacilhas at 5.20am with the last sailing at 1.20am.

The first boat from Barreiro to Terreiro do Paço on weekdays leaves Barreiro at 5.15am with the last sailing at 1.30am.

The first boat from Seixal to Cais do Sodre on weekdays leaves Seixal at 6.10am with the last sailing at 10.30am.

The first boat from Montijo to Cais do Sodre on weekdays leaves Montijo at 6am with the last sailing at 10.30am.

The first boat from Porto Brandão to Cais do Sodre on weekdays leaves Porto Brandão at 6.30am with the last sailing at 9.40am. There is a reduced service on weekends and public holidays on all cross-Tagus ferry services.

Passengers can use their Viva Viagem cards on the crossings.

See for full fare details and timetables.

Lisbon Ferry map.
Lisbon Ferry map © Transportes de Lisboa
Cacilhas, Lisbon.
Cais do Sodre ferry, Cacilhas, Lisboa

Ferries Across The River Sado from Setubal

There are car ferries and passenger catamarans in Setubal 2.5km across the Sado River to the Tróia Peninsula run by Atlantic Ferries. Ferries leave from Doca do Comércio in Setubal from 7.30am to 10pm; catamarans sail from Cais 3 in the center of Setubal from 6.20am to 4am.

See for further details on departures and fares.

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Estação Fluvial de Belem, Lisbon.
Ferry on the River Tagus, Belem, Lisbon

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