Despite Jersey’s compact size of nine miles by five, there is a large road network of around 550 miles meaning getting from one end of the island to the other can be achieved in no time. There is a variety of different modes of transport, from a hire car or bringing your own to enjoy these roads, to a gentle walk along cliff tops and coast or cycle ride along the island’s ‘green lanes’ or the comprehensive bus service. We have listed out all the most popular ways to get around Jersey:
The parish of Saint Helier is the centre of the island-wide bus services, which cover all the major tourist attractions. If you’re planning a Jersey city break, a bus is the only mode of transport you’ll need to use. The buses start and finish from the new Liberation bus station in Saint Helier and provide a comprehensive network of routes around the Island.
Linking many rural communities, sights and attractions which are located in sparsely populated corners of the island, these can easily be accessed and enjoyed thanks to the bus service. ‘Explorer tickets’ offer unlimited travel on buses, representing good value for money, and run to the majority of the Islands key attractions.
See the table below for the Jersey Multi-Journey Bus Pass:
|PAYG (Avanchi Card)||Contactless (Credit/Debit)||Cash|
|Adult 1 Trip||£1.65||£2.00||£2.30|
|Adult 2 Trips||£3.30||£4.00||£4.60|
|Adult Transfer Ticket||£3.00||£3.50||£4.00|
More information about bus tickets, bus routes and bus timetables for LibertyBus can be found at www.libertybus.je.
At the end of 2006 there were 104,537 cars registered in Jersey, and coupled with the small narrow lanes and low speed limit can make driving around a slow process. However driving gives added flexibility and is a convenient way of exploring the many tourist attractions in Jersey.
With many hire cars available and cheap fuel, driving makes sense on the tourist attractions that are further away. Driving in Jersey takes place on the left-hand side of the road, the same as in the UK, but there are a few differences.
Traffic lights in Jersey change from Red to Green with no amber in between, a yellow line across a road means the exit of a minor road and you must give way, and a ‘filter in turn’ sign means take your turn with other vehicles in joining or crossing any stream of traffic. The maximum speed limit in Jersey is 40mph, and you should avoid using the Green Lanes roads with their 15mph speed limit.
Parking can be difficult near popular attractions or in town. Here are some parking rules you need to be aware of: A single yellow line parallel to the kerb or roadside prohibits parking day and night. Parking on Saint Helier streets and in most public car parks is paid for with parking cards, which can be bought at the Sand Street car park or from any shop or garage that display the parking card symbol. On some roads on the outskirts of Saint Helier, parking is free but controlled by parking discs, available for £2 from the Saint Helier Town Hall or the Saint Brelade and Saint Saviour parish halls.
Jersey is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets for cycling and there is no better way of taking in the wonderful sights than from the seat of a bicycle. The 350 mile island-wide cycling network of roads, by-ways and lanes offer a number of trails and you can enjoy a leisurely scenic ride of just a few miles or a challenging ride around the island.
A newly developed Town Cycle Network now joins the existing 96 miles of marked routes and offers a series of routes using Liberation Square as the starting point. The routes are suitable for novice riders who may not be confident in traffic and who require a safe and clearly visible route to the edge of town.
The Green Lanes network is also ideal for cyclists, with the surfaced roads meaning they are nice and smooth and with priority to cyclists, walkers and horse riders, means they avoid dangerous traffic. Routes are well sign posted, and as well as a great way to explore and get some exercise, best of all is that cycling is free!
Some notes for cyclists: When cycling at night, ensure your front and rear lights are lit and your bicycle have an efficient red rear reflector. Stay as close as possible to the side of the road when wheeling your bicycle. It is recommended that cyclists wear a cycle helmet and fluorescent or light coloured clothing.
For such a small Island, Jersey is a walker’s paradise offering a huge number of different types of walks from coastal walks with breath-taking views, country walks through rural paradises, wildlife walks for nature lovers and guided walks including annual walking festivals such as the spring and autumn walking weeks.
Everywhere along the coast you’ll find gentle beach walks and spectacular cliff paths or explore Jersey’s traditional woodland, there are half-hour strolls to long distance hikes, there really is a walk for everyone. Why not try the popular Charity Island walking event ‘the Itex walk’ which is also held on Guernsey. The aim is to walk around the entire Island in just one day.
Jersey’s famous ‘Green Lanes’ was first introduced in the Parish of Saint Peter in 1994 and can now be found in ten of the Island’s twelve parishes. The only two parishes they do not feature are Trinity and Saint Saviour. Easily identified by a special road sign with the words ‘Start of Green Lane’, the 50 mile network of tranquil and highly scenic lanes are a walker’s paradise and is the only way to experience the island’s natural beauty.
Inland footpaths are not as widespread as on the mainland and rights of way which cross private property, in particular woods and fields are rather the exception. As the maximum speed limit is just 15mph, walkers have priority over the car and the lanes are surfaced roads so ideal for cyclists. The tree-lined byways are an ideal way of travelling from parish to parish in a relaxing manor and the almost continual footpath along the north coast gives you access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the British Isles.