Cap Fin returns : and it’s full speed ahead for freight-friendly services to Spain

15th July 2021
  • Truck carrying boat departing ship - credit Alfonso Diaz
  • Cap Finistere and El Punto beach - credit Elena Fernandez

On Monday 19th July Brittany Ferries’ ro-pax ferry Cap Finistère returns to service on the company’s Portsmouth to Bilbao route. The restart follows an extended six-month break in the ship’s sailings forced by coronavirus travel restrictions, and consequent drop in freight and passenger demand.

But now demand is returning, and the first Cap Finistère sailing of 2021 will depart Portsmouth for Bilbao at 17:00 on Monday 19th July. The ship will offer three weekly round trips linking the UK and Spanish ports, with a range of sailing times designed with hauliers in mind. These include popular weekend departures leaving Portsmouth on Saturday lunchtimes and departing Bilbao on Sunday afternoons – thereby getting around weekend driving bans in France.

Cap Finistère’s homecoming marks a welcome return to full capacity and service frequency on Brittany Ferries’ UK to Spain routes. Altogether four ships (including the company’s newest and largest freight carrying vessel Galicia) will link five ports: Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth in South UK and, Santander and Bilbao in northern Spain.

In total there will now be nine weekly southbound sailings and nine weekly northbound sailings between the UK and Iberian Peninsula.


Brittany Ferries’ regular weekly UK/Spain timetable commencing Monday 19th July 2021:


UK to Spain timetable

Day Depart Time Arrive Time Ship
Monday Portsmouth 17:00 Bilbao 17:30* Cap Finistère
Tuesday Portsmouth 09:00 Santander 14:30* Galicia
Poole 23:59 Bilbao 14:00 Pelican
Wednesday Plymouth 15:45 Santander 13:15* Pont-Aven
Portsmouth 23:00 Bilbao 07:45 Cap Finistère
Thursday Portsmouth 22:15 Santander 08:00 Galicia
Saturday Portsmouth 12:00 Bilbao 12:45* Cap Finistère
Poole 16:00 Bilbao 08:00 Pelican
Sunday Plymouth 16:45 Santander 14:00* Pont-Aven

*denotes arrival the following day; †denotes arrival two days later


Spain to UK timetable

Day Depart Time Arrive Time Ship
Monday Bilbao 14:00 Poole 20:00* Pelican
Santander 17:00 Plymouth 14:00* Pont-Aven
Tuesday Bilbao 20:30 Portsmouth 20:30* Cap Finistère
Wednesday Santander 17:30 Portsmouth 19:15* Galicia
Thursday Santander 15:45 Plymouth 10:45* Pont-Aven
Bilbao 20:00 Poole 10:00 Pelican
Friday Bilbao 10:30 Portsmouth 09:15* Cap Finistère
Saturday Santander 15:00 Portsmouth 20:00* Galicia
Sunday Bilbao 15:30 Portsmouth 14:15* Cap Finistère

*denotes arrival the following day; †denotes arrival two days later

For more information visit, or call Brittany Ferries Freight Reservations on +44 (0)330 159 5000.