In Jersey we drive on the left-hand side of the road, like the UK. The island's maximum speed limit is 40 mph / 64 km per hour. However, drivers must keep watch for lower limits on the roads, such as 20 or 30mph in built up areas and 15mph in green lanes. These limits are clearly displayed on road signs.
When driving in Jersey, you’ll need to have the following documents on you when you’re driving (photocopies are not acceptable):
- a certificate of insurance or an International Green Card
- a valid driving licence and International Driving Permit (IDP) accompanied together (UK International Driving Permits are not valid)
Compared to the UK, it's cheaper to maintain a vehicle, with lower fuel costs and no road tax. Routine inspections of vehicles are being phased in over the next couple of years.
Most of the parking in and around St Helier is paid parking. There’s a smartphone app called PayByPhone, is a cashless parking service that allows you to pay for parking using your smartphone. Paycards can also be used to pay for parking. These are available from most newsagent shops and garages.
Monthly season parking tickets are also available, allowing you to park in any long stay car parks without having to use paycards or the PayByPhone app. Not all parking is paid parking, there are some parking areas where you can park for free, using a parking disc to display your arrival time.
All drivers must hold a valid licence to drive a motor vehicle of any class or description on a road in Jersey.
If you take up permanent residency and intend to stay for more than 12 months, you must have a Jersey driving licence. Your foreign licence is valid for use if you are not taking up permanent residency or staying for more than 12 months. You must make sure that you have the appropriate categories on your licence to drive the relevant class of vehicles.
Jersey has a good bus service with routes linking the main locations and attractions. The central bus station is Liberation Station, located in St Helier. All buses have easy access for wheelchair users.
Bus stops are marked by traditional posts, some with shelters on the side of the roads. There are stops on outer island routes identified with ‘BUS’ painted in white on the road. You can find timetables at every bus stop on each route. There's a map of all routes available at Liberation Station or on the liberty bus website. You can also track where the buses are on their routes.
There are school bus services for certain primary schools and all secondary schools in the mornings and afternoon. A school journey is defined as travelling from home to school, or from school to home. If your school journey involves more than one bus trip, you can change buses without paying again.
Find out the bus routes and timetables on the Liberty bus website.
Many cycle routes are clearly marked throughout the parishes, along scenic routes leading through countryside and along the coast. Parking your bike around St Helier and other parishes is easy with many bike racks.
In Jersey, cycles helmets are compulsory for children aged 13 years and under.
Find out more on
Jersey's cycle helmet law
There are many cycle shops and places to hire bikes in St. Helier.
Jersey cycle guide
Public taxis are meter controlled, with an average fare from the airport to St Helier costing around £12 - £13 and £16 if pre-booked.
Different rate tariffs apply to both public rank taxis and private booked cabs depending on the time and day and public holidays. Currently, Uber and Lyft apps don't operate in the island, but there are a number of local taxi apps available.