Getting around the island
It’s straightforward when it comes to travelling around Jersey. The island has a simple network of roads and country lanes (green lanes). Whether you choose to drive, cycle or take the local public transport, it’s easy to explore.
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 / 30mph in built up areas and 15mph in green lanes. These limits are clearly displayed on road signs.
The narrow green lanes can be a challenge for two way traffic, with passing bays to help when you are meeting other vehicles. The green lanes are also popular with pedestrians and cyclists.
You’ll find the majority of local drivers courteous and patient, especially when they see a car on the road with a foreign number plate.
Visitors are often surprised by the uniqueness of Jersey’s roads. One of the quirks of driving in the island is the filter in turn system. This is where all drivers from different directions have equal priority and take it in turns to filter through a junction.
When driving in Jersey, you’ll need to have the following documents on you when you’re driving (photocopies are not acceptable):
Most households in Jersey have at least one car. 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.
There are various parking options across the island.
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 many 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’s public transport is one of the easiest ways to explore the island. 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. Buses are one of the cheapest ways to travel around, with the majority of journeys being short. 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 is a map of all routes available at Liberation Station or more conveniently online. There is also a website where you can track where the buses are on their routes.
Liberty bus website
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.
Jersey has a great network of routes for cyclists, making discovering the island easy. Cycling provides a slower pace of travel and easy access to the entire island. Many cycle routes are clearly marked throughout the parishes. There are many scenic routes leading through countryside and along the coast. Parking your bike around St Helier and other parishes is easy with many bike racks available nearby. Jersey has a good cycling community, with several of cycle clubs that cater for all riders’ abilities.
When cycling around Jersey, safety is important. Respecting the rules of the road and making sure you have the required equipment is essential. In Jersey, cycles helmets are compulsory for children aged 13 years and under. Taking precautions is necessary when you are riding during reduced light or at night. Road speed limits vary from a gentle 15mph in green lanes to 40 mph on main roads.
Find out more on
Jersey's cycle helmet law
There are many cycle shops and places to hire bikes in St. Helier. You’ll find the people at these places friendly and happy to help with any questions you have about bikes or safety gear.
Jersey cycle guide
Taxis in Jersey are a convenient option. However, they can be expensive. The cost of Jersey taxi fares are similar to the cost of taxi fares in London. 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.
Travelling on and off the island
Jersey is geographically close to both the UK and France. There are over 40 departure points to Jersey across the British Isles and 12 flights a day to and from London airports. Flights times between Jersey and most UK airports are less than an hour. There are also daily flights from Jersey to various destinations in Europe.
Due to being a small island, flights can be affected by the weather, causing frustration and disruption to travel plans. When travelling to further destinations worldwide, you must factor in the extra transit time to a location where you can catch a connecting flight.
Jersey airport website
You can get to Jersey by ferry from the UK and France. The most convenient way to travel is with Condor Ferries, the main ferry operator in the island. You can also travel with your vehicle.
UK departures are from Poole or Portsmouth. The journey typically takes under five hours. France is far closer to Jersey, and travelling to St Malo takes less than an hour and a half. Excursions with other operators are available to smaller ports, such as Dielette, Carteret and Granville. You can also travel to the other Channel Islands of Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney.
In the summer, you can take RIB trips to the smaller islands of Les Ecrehous and Les Minquiers.
For private boat ownership, Jersey offers three award-winning marinas. Boat owners can berth close to a vibrant waterfront and the town centre.
Jersey marinas website