Brittany Ferries was launched in 1972 under the initiative of Alexis Gourvennec. Financed by the SICA (Agricultural Cooperative) of Saint-Pol-de-Léon and by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Morlaix, in order to offer trade opportunities to the Breton agricultural cooperatives on the British market. The company was then called BAI (for Bretagne, Angleterre, Irlande). It was a limited liability company with a capital of 100 000 francs. To permit its creation and development, a deep-sea water port was built between 1970 and 1972 in Roscoff: the Port of Bloscon.
On the 2nd January 1973, the Kérisnel a sturdy military vessel bought in Israël undertook the first crossing. The result for the first year of operations was 18 000 people and 6 000 lorry transported for a turnover of 7,7 million Francs. The following year, the company changed its name to become Brittany Ferries, and a new boat, the Pen-Ar-Bed set sail.
As years went by, the freight transport company from the start converted into a tourist company. In 1990, Brittany Ferries transported 2 639 000 passengers and 3 million in 1994, the year of the opening of the Channel Tunnel. The company became France's leading shipping company for the transport of passengers. It is one of the leading employers in the West with more than 2 500 permanent employees. Its staff altogether represents 20 % of the personnel of the French merchant navy.
In 2009, the company transported 2 571 000 passengers, 789 000 passenger vehicles and 196 000 commercial vehicles. 85 % of its clientele is British
Today, Brittany Ferries operates on the following routes:
- Caen/Ouistreham - Portsmouth
- Cherbourg - Poole
- Cherbourg - Portsmouth
- Saint-Malo - Portsmouth
- Roscoff - Plymouth
- Roscoff - Cork
- Santander - Plymouth
- Poole - Santander
- Santander - Portsmouth
- Bilbao - Portsmouth
- Bilbao - Roscoff
The call from the open sea ! Brittany Ferries cruises
Enjoy all the pleasures on board: the sea itself, walking decks, entertainment, shops, restaurants, piano bar…
• Day cruise to England (Plymouth) Departing in the morning and coming back in the evening.
• Day trip to Plymouth Departure in the evening and return two days later in the morning.
39 € TTC/adult*. 19 € TTC/child* (4-12 years)
• Weekend cruise to Ireland (Cork). Enjoy the comfort of the Pont-Aven before your charming stopover. Excursion to Kinsale or Cork. Departure from Roscoff, on Friday evening and return on Sunday morning.
99 € TTC/adult*. 65 € TTC/child* (4-12 years)
*offer subject to conditions