Getting around the Channel Islands is fairly straightforward, thanks to a good network of roads and public transport options, including buses and ferries. Both Guernsey and Jersey are pretty compact and easy to navigate.
Public transport in Channel Islands
Guernsey and Jersey have efficient bus services. LibertyPass operates buses in Jersey, and charges passengers a flat rate. Tickets are available for purchase on the bus. In Guernsey, fares are charged based on the distance of the journey, and the island has a pay-as-you-go smartcard system called puffinpass.
The smaller isle of Alderney has the only railway service in the Channel Islands. Mostly a historical attraction, the track is just two miles long and only runs once or twice a day on Saturdays.
Ferries are a popular means of getting from island to island. In addition to these interisland ferry connections, there are regular services to France and the UK.
Taxis in Channel Islands
Taxis cover both main islands, and can be caught at designated ranks or booked ahead of time by phone or online. The official tourism websites of Jersey and Guernsey each have lists of reputable taxi companies.
Driving in Channel Islands
Driving in the Channel Islands is on the left-hand side of the road. While Guernsey and Jersey generally have excellent road networks, the smaller islands of Sark and Herm are car-free zones.
Expats planning to have a vehicle in the Channel Islands will also need to consider the challenges associated with island driving. Parking is limited, so the local authorities strictly control it; motorists who park in the wrong spot and those who run over their allotted parking times may receive fines. On the other hand, fuel is relatively affordable compared to the price in England, and distances are short.
Once a resident in the Channel Islands, expats must get a local licence. Some countries have an exchange agreement, allowing expats to swap their driving licence for a local one. If an expat is from a country without such an agreement, they'll have to take practical and written tests to get their driving licence.
Cycling in Channel Islands
Bicycles are a popular mode of transport in the Channel Islands. Guernsey and Jersey both have cycle networks, with many routes available for different ability levels.
Air travel in Channel Islands
Guernsey and Jersey each have a major airport accessible by bus and taxi. Both airports offer parking and car rental facilities. Flights between these two islands are about 20 minutes long.
►See Banking, Money and Taxes in Channel Islands for information about the currency
"Public transport is safe and easy to use, everything is walking distance from where you live. The buses are always on time and very frequent."
Check out our interview with South African expat Suzhanie to learn more about life on the Channel Islands.
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