Your Own Car Around the Island
We had planned to visit Guernsey this year (May 2014) using the Condor Ferry, and relying on the local bus service to get around. After all, Guernsey isn't a very large Island, and you can circumnavigate it by bus in about one and a half hours. However, due to the forecast of unsettled and cool weather and the fact that when I added up all the costs, it was not much dearer to bring our own car over from England (via Jersey in our case). The parking charges in Weymouth for the week would have been £40 (£5 per day), and the cost of bus travel, even with the travel cards for two of us, and individual bus journeys without the card, soon mounted up. Then, what do you do when (if) it's raining and you are waiting for the bus? We actually drove about 100 miles on Guernsey in the 3 days we were there, visiting most of the popular beaches, some more than once!
Hire cars are available, of course, and seem not to be too expensive. However, as always, there are the 'extra charges' to consider, just like anywhere else. So it soon becomes quite expensive.
Let The Bus Take The Strain
Guernsey is cris-crossed with handy bus routes. The bus terminus in St Peter Port is a couple of hundred yards from the main Marina, in the direction of the church, but carrying on along the main road. Bus route 7 and &A will take you all round the Island for (in 2012) £1, and takes about a hour and a half. You can alight the bus at any stop en route, but you will have to pay another £1 when you re-enter. I found that after 20 hours at sea, using the bus to go around the Island the next day was very relaxing, and once out of the town/airport areas, the views become stunning. It also gives you an idea of exactly where you might wish to visit later in the day, or later during your visit.
July 2013. The bus fare is now £2 per journey for visitors!! What a rip-off! So, if you break your journey and catch the bus later, you will pay £4 and so on.
May 2014. There's likely to be more changes to the bus services on Guernsey, due to a plan that has been passed to introduce car parking charges. I think the route around the Island is now Bus number 41, but you can easily check at the St Peter Port Bus Terminus or even your hotel.
Let your Boat Take The Strain
I've been to Guernsey about 6 times now, and each time by boat, not the fast cats, but small sailing boats. My own boat is only 22 feet (6..7 meters), and it takes about 20 hours for the 100 mile crossing from Plymouth.
The marina complex in St Peter Port is easy enough to find, and the channel clearly defined. You will usually be met by one of the Harbourmaster's Staff, and directed to either the marina waiting pontoon, or the visitors' pontoons - where we usually go. Once in the marina you are restricted for exit and entry by the state of the tide, but not so on the pontoons.
Harbour fees are very reasonable (cheaper than in Alderney for example!), and include access to the shower block. The only downfall is the cost of the water taxi, which charges per person, per journey, which can become expensive. Therefore we use our own inflatable, and tie it up to the allocated pontoon. The website will give you all the information you will need.
Guernsey Airport is located in the Forest, a parish in Guernsey, about 3 miles west southwest of St. Peter Port. It is easily reached by bus (Route 7 for instance - every 30 minutes).
Flights arrive and depart here from many locations within the UK, including London Gatwick and Stanstead, Manchester, East Midlands, Birmingham, Exeter, Southampton and Birmingham. There are also 'internal' flights to and from Jersey and Alderney, as well as some from the European Continent.
Location Address: Airport Complex, Guernsey GY8 0DS, Guernsey
Get a bike
Guensey is small enough to get around by push bike. If you don't feel that energetic, the local bus covers the island, with a maximum fare of 50p, or 0.7 Euros per journey.
Hire a car if you feel lost without your own wheel, but the maximum speed on the island is 35mph, having winding narrow roads.
Daily hire from £5
- Hiking and Walking