Although there are no ferry crossings to Bordeaux, plenty of boats arrive on Brittany or Normandy shores daily. Visitors wishing to embark as a foot passenger should know that direct train services from the port towns are few and far between. This means that bringing the car is almost unavoidable unless you’re willing to make a couple of changes.
The time it takes to drive from the UK depends very much on which ferry crossing you’ve chosen and how leisurely your approach is to touring through France. Nonetheless, it is always possible to drive down in a day or a night if you’re equipped with a second driver.