Car hire in Jersey
Hiring a car in Jersey
The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is a feast for the eyes. With its breathtaking landscapes, majestic cliff-top views and roving farmland, the charm of the island draws thousands of visitors every year. It is perfect for those looking to shake off the tensions of everyday life, as well as those seeking out a new adventure.
In years gone by, Jersey was an infamous hideout for smugglers and pirates, meaning the island is shrouded in a romantic and mysterious history. The island is also a dream for driving enthusiasts, as there are scenic views in abundance around every bend. You can explore the towns and villages dotted around Jersey once you hit the open road.
What you need to know
Several hire car companies provide vehicles to people visiting Jersey, so you will have a choice when it comes to finding the right rental for you. Our website makes it simple for you by searching for the best deal. You can narrow the search by setting a budget, picking the type of car you want and selecting the dates of your trip. With us, there are no credit card fees and we offer a free cancellation policy, so you aren’t penalised if your plans change. We’re always on hand, should you need us, as we offer 24/7 customer support.
Where to pick up your hire car
Just like the other Channel Islands, you can choose to travel to Jersey by ship or by plane. You can collect your car from Jersey Airport (JER) once you land. Just make your way to the arrivals hall and you will see a plethora of car rental desks. Keep in mind that lots of tourists hire cars when they arrive, which means arranging your transport when you arrive, rather than beforehand, may be challenging.
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Where to go
Your trip to Jersey can be exactly what you need it to be, whether that�s quiet and relaxing, full of adventure or all about learning the history of the island. As it is only nine miles long and five miles wide, you can use your car to explore the length and breadth of the land.
Why not put on your walking boots and go for a hike to explore the northern coastal area of Jersey? You�ll be treated to stunning views and quaint cafes where you can rest your feet. You can take in the sight of the breathtaking St Matthew�s glass church, created by artisan glassmaker Ren� Lalique in 1934. The sparkling pillars, alter and angels inside look like they have been carved into ice and are a sight that shouldn�t be missed.
If you�re interested in history, you should take a drive out to the Elizabeth and Mont Orguil castles. Planning on going to Jersey for your birthday? Tell the staff at the Elizabeth Castle and they�ll fire a cannon in honour of you.
There is so much to see and do while you�re on the island and having the car will mean you are free to explore Jersey the way you want to.
Driving in Jersey
Despite being quite a compact island, there are more than 350 miles to traverse in your hire car when you reach Jersey. Just like mainland UK, you drive on the left and overtake on the right, making it very easy to navigate.
Some roads can be quite narrow, with some bends twisting between fields and farms, so take care when you’re behind the wheel. The maximum speed across the Jersey is 40 mph, but there are stretches of road where there are more restrictions. The limit in built-up areas in 20 to 30 mph and 15 mph in Green Lanes. Jersey is clearly signposted, so just keep your eyes out.
You must display a nationality sticker on the back of your car and make sure you bring the original copy of your Certificate of Insurance, as well as your driving licence. In addition, you will need to pick up a paycard for parking and these can be purchased from Jersey Tourism, post offices, garages, shops and anywhere displaying the ‘Paycards sold here’ sign.
What it lacks in size, Jersey makes up for in beauty. No matter where you drive to on the island, you are guaranteed to see some amazing views. From stretches of golden coastlines to lush greenery, the island is stunning from every angle. The best way to take in these sights is to hop in the car and go for a trip around the island.
One of the nicest drives to do in Jersey starts in the St Helier, which is the capital of the island. Here you can see the ancient Elizabeth Castle, dip your toes into the sea at the Harve des Pas beach or visit the Maritime Museum and see the New North Quay lighthouse.
From St Helier’s, get onto the A1 and take the A2 to St Aubin’s Bay on the south coast of the island. The beach here is idyllic and you can find fresh fish at the many eateries near the harbour. So, take a moment to eat something delicious and take in the spectacular seafront views.
Next, make your way onto the La Route de Beaumont/A12 and head towards St Ouen’s Bay to visit the Jersey Pearl Centre, where you can see amazing jewellery in a spectacular setting and try your hand at picking a pearl.
Top destinations in Jersey
Jersey is separated into 12 different parishes that have been named after the Christian saints who the ancient churches were dedicated to. Each of these are unique and offer something different to visitors. Your hire car will give you the freedom to take a drive to any of the parishes, but here are the top three.
Situated in the parishes of St. Martin and Grouville, Gorey is home to the the Mont Orgueil Castle, which stood strong against French invasion for more than 600 years. There’s hidden artwork and rooms to uncover, a witchcraft exhibition and a ‘wounded man’ statue that showed would-be invaders what laid in store for them if they attempted break in. There is also a beautiful harbour, as well as a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
In the Trinity parish, you will find the Durrell Wildlife Park, which spreads across 32 acres of wetland valleys, dense woodland and open green meadows. It is also home to a fascinating selection of animals, from a family of gentle gorillas to birds and reptiles of all colours and shapes. You can make a day of your trip to the park, as there are two cafes on site, a children’s play area and amazing gift shops.
In the heart of the parish of St Mary sits the La Mare Wine Estate and Distillery. This unique attraction allows visitors to enjoy the surrounding vineyards and gardens, while learning about how wine is made. The estate produces a host of delicious tipples, including some recipes that have been handed down through generations. It’s well worth a visit.
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