The Brittany Ferries


Our routes, our story

Brittany Ferries is a maritime Company which was born out of a wish to open up and connect the relatively isolated region of Brittany.

As early as 1967, the Company’s dynamic President and Founder, Alexis Gourvennec began to lay the foundations of the project. He was joined in this project by the expert teams at CELIB (Comité d’Etudes et de Liaison des Intérêts Bretons) and SEMENF (Société d’Economie Mixte du Nord Finistère).

In 1972, this plan led to the creation of BAI (Bretagne-Angleterre-Irlande), a company with a mission to transport Brittany’s vegetables across the Channel.

In 1974, foreseeing the advent of mass cross-Channel passenger travel, particularly by the British, BAI adopted the name Brittany Ferries.

In 1978, Brittany Ferries became a tour operator.

Today, Brittany Ferries is the leading sea transporter on the Western and Central Channel, and is still the largest employer of French seafarers. Every one of its ships proudly flies the French flag. Thanks to strong partnerships nurtured over the years, the company plays a major part in the social and economic growth of the Atlantic regions it serves.


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    An honour for Brittany Ferries – carrying La Flamme de la Liberté from Cherbourg to Portsmouth
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    Brittany Ferries confirms new weekly sailing on Cherbourg-Rosslare route
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    The only way is Devon (to get to France for Feb half term)
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