Jersey Airport is the main hub of the Channel Islands, receiving flights from airports around Europe. Located just a few miles west of St Helier in St Peter parish, it is not far from St Brelade’s and St Ouen’s bays. The main airlines serving Jersey are British Airways, Flybe, EasyJet, Air France, Aurigny Airlines, and local carrier Blue Islands from Guernsey. For convenience, North American travelers could consider flying with British Airways (via London Gatwick) and have luggage booked right through to their final destinations.
The single terminal airport is quite busy, handling around 1.5 million tourist and business passengers a year, mostly from London and other UK cities. Around two dozen cities in Europe are served by a dozen carriers. Facilities at the modern terminal are good with some impressive shopping (local, high end brands and duty-free), a café, coffee shop, bar, currency exchange and ATMs. British Airways and Flybe have VIP rooms, plus there is wireless internet throughout, as well as car rental desks.
Taxis wait right outside Arrivals with set prices to all Jersey destinations at reasonable rates. Visitors can take a cab on demand or pre-book with Liberty Cabs (+44-1534-767-700), or Signature Executive (+44-7797-789-123) for limousines. Public buses are the cheapest option and number 15 runs every 30 minute to St Peter, St Aubin, St Brelade, and St Helier—while private coach buses can also be rented that may include WiFi-ready double-decker seating. Some of the bigger hotels run courtesy shuttles so check with your accommodations for easy airport transfers.
If you decide to rent a car with Avis, Budget, or Hertz, it’s an easy drive into St Helier, with the main A12 highway running near the Jersey Airport. Link up with the A1 for the capital city; about five miles and a 15 minute drive. St Brelade’s Bay is only a few minutes south, while St Martin is eight miles to the east (bypassing St Helier). Allow more time for commuting in summer, as the roads tend to fill up.