Car Hire at Jersey Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
It might seem small at nine miles by five miles, but Jersey is the biggest of the Channel Islands. Located near the north-western coastline of France, this island features a number of exciting landmarks to see are Durrell Wildlife Park and the Jersey War Tunnel, a former underground military hospital back in World War II. Discover more of what this island can offer by renting a car from Jersey Airport.
Where to hire a car at Jersey Airport
A number of car rental operators can be found in Jersey Airport, such as Avis, Europcar, and Hertz. They offer different types of vehicles, but it might be suitable if you take a 4WD due to the hardy terrain. Pre-booking is important, so you can get the type of vehicle you need upon arriving at the airport. You should also be at the right age. Although 17 year olds are allowed to drive in Jersey, many car rental companies require that you must be at least 20 years old before they let you rent a car.
You will additionally need a valid driving licence or an International Driving Permit (IDP) if your licence is not in English. Keep in mind, though, that UK International Driving Permits are not valid. A Certificate of Insurance is also necessary.
What to expect when hiring a car from Jersey Airport
Traffic can be light in Jersey of the Channel Islands, mainly due to the small island population and the expanse of land. The roads connecting the airport to the nearby parishes or communities are La Route des Quennevais, Mont du Jubile, Rue de l'Eglise, and La Route de Beaumont, as well as A1 and A13. These allow easier access to various towns such as St Peter, La Presse, La Puiente, La Corbiere, Les Creux, St Aubin, La Haule, Beaumont, St Mary, St Ouen, L'Etacq, Leoville, and other areas.
There are no toll roads or congestion charges to be found in this territory of the United Kingdom. There does not seem to be any need, as you can reach any part of the island in more or less than an hour. You have to watch out for some one-way roads, especially in the coastal areas. Many of the roads are quite narrow and twist and turn between fields and farms. Cyclists also frequently head out to different locations in the island, with a number of farm equipment and livestock on the side of the road or out on the middle of the pavement.
You should drive carefully and focus your attention to maintain your safety. If you are looking to refill your fuel tank, there is the Airport Motor Centre and Falles Service Station by La Route des Quennevais. St Mary also has a petrol station, with various other petrol stations by A9 and on the eastern and south-eastern parts of the island.
Driving around Jersey Airport
With Jersey Airport located in the parish of St Peter, tourists will not find any difficulty to reach the centre of the community. You can head east from the airport and take the first exit at the roundabout onto L'Avenue de la Reine Elizabeth II. Going this way will take one to the parish in under 15 minutes or so. Parking can be a bit limited, so you will need to arrange for a spot where you can keep the car while exploring the area. You can also look for parking spaces with the Paycard symbol. Payment is made using cards purchased from Jersey Tourism, post offices, garages, and other official sellers.
When driving in Jersey, you should keep to the left hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit throughout the entire island is 64 km/h (40 mph). Slower limits on certain stretches of road such as 32/48 km/h (20-30 mph) in built-up areas and 24 km/h (15 mph) in Green Lanes are also regulated. Everyone in the car should also wear seatbelts. Children, on the same hand, should have a suitable restraint whether in a front or rear seat.
Getting to your destination
One of the 12 parishes of Jersey, those going here will find plenty of interesting sights. There is the Central Market, which was opened in 1882 with Victorian architecture including cast-iron structures. It features stalls selling flowers, fruits, and vegetables, as well as small shops and cafes. Beresford Market, a separate building, offers different types of fish. The 16 New Street, an 18th century Georgian townhouse, operates as a museum that you should also check out.
To get here from the airport, follow L'Avenue de la Reine Elizabeth II to La Route de Beaumont/A12. Continue on La Route de Beaumont/A12 and take La Route de la Haule/A1 and Victoria Ave/A2 to Great Union Rd in St Helier. Follow Great Union Rd to Devonshire Pl to reach St Helier. The trip can be made in 20 minutes, with parking available in different parts of the town.
Les Creux Millenium Park, situated above Beauport Bay, lies southwest of Jersey. It is comprised of pasture and arable fields, acid grassland, woodland, and coastal heathland. You will find here great views over St Brelade's Bay and Portlet Common.
Head east and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto L'Avenue de la Commune and then continue onto La Route des Quennevais. Go onto La Marquanderie and turn right onto Mont es Croix and Chemin des Creux. It takes about 10 minutes to reach this area, with limited parking opportunities.
The most rural of Jersey's parishes, Trinity is home to the States Farm, the Durrell Wildlife Park, and is the headquarters of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society. The Parish Church has a distinctive white pyramidal spire, with other landmarks such as the Le Vesconte Memorial.
To get here, head east and continue on L'Avenue de la Reine Elizabeth II. Take A12, Grande Rte des Augerez, La Verte Rue, La Route de Saint-Jean, and A8 to Carrefour St in Trinity. Follow Carrefour St to Catel St to reach Trinity proper. Parking can be found in some parts of the area.