Jersey — Transportation
Jersey Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis in Jersey are metered and found at stands at the airport, ferry terminal, and throughout St Helier. Rates are reasonable and fixed from the airport, though there are various tariffs depending on time of day, as well as wait time and luggage surcharges. There are two types of taxi: public (‘controlled’ with a yellow roof sign) and private (‘restricted’ with a white roof sign). You can pre-book private taxis to meet you anywhere on the island or hail a public one. Liberty Cabs (+44-1534-767-700) and ABC Cabs (+44-1534-525-015) are both well-known.
Jersey is quite small, but it has hundreds of miles of paved roads around the island. Getting a rental car is a big plus as the best of Jersey is out in the country and around the coast. Avis, Budget, and Hertz have desks at the airport and ferry terminal and can be pre-booked and rented by drivers 21 years of age. Roads are in excellent condition, though are typically winding, small and very busy in summer. The maximum speed is 40 mph on the main roads (15 mph along Green Lanes) and there is an orbital and crossroads linking all the main areas.
Jersey Water Taxis
Getting to Jersey by ferry is a good option from both the UK and France, as well as from the other Channel Islands. Condor Ferries runs passenger and car service year round, with conventional trips taking 10 hours or high speed catamarans that can get there in four. Water taxis leave from Portsmouth, Poole, and Weymouth in the UK and from St Malo, Carteret, and Granville in France. Ferry prices are reasonable, cheaper than flying.
All other Channel Islands are connected by ferry, with Guernsey offering the most options. There are boat trips galore from St Helier to nearby islands, as well as lots of places to charter.
Jersey Trains and Buses
Jersey buses (Connex Transport) are useful for those without a rental car, with several routes in operation serving all towns, villages, and bays. Most useful to tourists are number 1 and 15, heading from St Helier east and west respectively. Services run every 20 minutes until 11:30 p.m. Fares are reasonable and buses are modern and comfortable.
The main station (Liberation Station) is on the Esplanade, St Helier. See http://mybus.je/Timetables2012 for Connex Transport timetables. In summer, the Island Explorer serves beaches and attractions.