Getting around the Channel Islands is reasonably straightforward, thanks to a good network of roads and public transport options that include buses and ferries.
Public transport in Channel Islands
Both Guernsey and Jersey have efficient bus services. In Guernsey, passengers are charged at a flat rate. In Jersey, fares are based on the distance of the journey and tickets can be bought from the driver.
The smaller isle of Alderney has the only railway service in the Channel Islands group. 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 inter-island 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.
Driving in Channel Islands
Driving in the Channel Islands is on the left-hand side of the road. While Guernsey and Jersey have reasonably good road networks, the smaller islands of Sark and Herm are car-free zones.
Expats looking to have their own motor vehicle in the Channel Islands will also need to consider the challenges associated with island driving. For instance, parking is limited and as such it’s strictly controlled by the local authorities; motorists parked in the wrong spot and those who run over their allotted parking times are liable to be fined. On the other hand, fuel is relatively inexpensive compared to the prices common in England, and distances are short.
Once resident in the Channel Islands, expats will need to get a local licence. Some countries have an exchange agreement, allowing expats to simply swap their 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 licence.
Cycling in Channel Islands
Bicycles are a highly popular mode of transport in the Channel Islands. Guernsey and Jersey both have cycle networks with a number of different routes available for different ability levels.
Air travel in Channel Islands
Guernsey and Jersey each have a major airport that is accessible by bus and taxi. Parking and car rental facilities are offered at both. Flights between these two islands are about 20 minutes long.
►See Banking, Money and Taxes in Channel Islands for information about the currency
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