Car hire in Guernsey
Hiring a car in Guernsey
Guernsey, the second-largest of the Channel Islands, offers a completely unique experience to visitors. While it is not technically part of the UK, it has a feeling of Britishness running through its veins, but manages to a exude an impression of being abroad because of its closeness to France. There are very few other places in the world that occupy this duplicitous space.
The island is home to 27 different bays to explore, each with stunning stretches of golden sand and spectacular sea views. It also offers visitors the chance to explore breathtaking cliffs, delightful cobbled streets, impressive architecture and a rich military history. Driving around the coastal circuit that makes up Guernsey is a treat for everyone and is one of the best ways to explore what makes the island so special.
What you need to know
Hiring a car in Guernsey makes everything more accessible to visitors and it’s a pretty simple process, particularly when you use our website. Through us, you’ll be able to narrow your search based on the type of car you want, how much you’d like to pay and when you would like the car to be available. We work with some of the best suppliers in the business, including Avis, Hertz and Europcar.
There are no hidden costs, no credit card fees, and 24/7 support is available. You also don’t need to worry about what happens if your plans change, as we offer a free cancellation policy. This is why so many people trust Holiday Autos to get them the best possible deal on their rental car.
When driving on the island, you must bear in mind that there is a speed limit of 25 mph in built-up areas and 35 mph in rural areas. You should read the ‘Driving in Guernsey is Different’, which can be picked up on arrival or downloaded from tourist information websites beforehand.
Where to pick up your car
If you decide to travel to Guernsey via plane, you can collect your car from Guernsey Airport (GCI). You just need to head to the supplier desks within the terminal building and find the company you have chosen to go with. They’ll ask you to fill in your paperwork and then hand you the keys, leaving you to start your holiday and explore what the island has to offer. You can also collect your hire car from Guernsey Harbour, if you decide to travel to the island by ferry rather than plane.The supplier desks can be found inside the arrivals terminal, which you enter once you’ve departed the ship.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time. Booking with Holiday Autos was easy and I received the car that I had asked for, just perfect!”
Where to go
No matter what time of year you decide to visit Guernsey, there's tonnes to see and do for everyone. There are beaches aplenty for sun-worshippers, with some filled with other like-minded visitors and others in deserted hidden coves that are perfect for anyone looking for a quiet place to relax. The coast itself is lined with stunning cliffs that can be admired from a passing car or explored in more depth on foot. Guernsey has more to offer than just pretty scenery though, with St Peter Port giving visitors the chance to roam cobbled streets filled with museums, galleries, bars and restaurants.
Tourists can choose from many different eateries offering dishes cooked from produce grown on the island, such as vine-ripened tomatoes, delicately-flavoured mushrooms and different types of pepper. The seafood served in Guernsey's restaurants is caught by local fisherman, guaranteeing that it will fresh and delicious.
As Guernsey is an island, there are no nearby towns and cities to visit. However, you can indulge in a bit of island-hopping and visit its neighbours. By boat, it takes an hour and 25 minutes to travel to Alderney, 20 minutes to Herm and 50 minutes to Sark. You can take your hire car and explore Guernsey’s neighbours at your own pace.
Visitors can enjoy the golden beaches and ancient Neolithic burial sites located on Herm, experience the natural wonders and unique wildlife located on Alderney or take in the dramatic scenery provided by the cliffs of Sark. You could time your trip to coincide with some of the amazing events that happen across the islands throughout the year, such as Herm and Sark’s popular beer festivals and the Alderney Week celebrations.
Driving around Guernsey using the coastal roads is one of the best ways to truly appreciate how beautiful the island is. Start in St Peter Port - home of the landmark Castle Cornet - and turn left on to the Le Val des Terres, which is a track used in motoring competitions. Here you can uncover the history of the German occupation during the Second World War by visiting the La Valette Underground Military Museum. If you follow the road to the airport south, you’ll be treated to more stunning land and seascapes and be given the opportunity to stop off at the the German Occupation Museum.
Turning left at the airport will take you down the stunning west coast of Guernsey and lead you to Fort Grey, which is home to an original defensive Martello Tower. The views are simply stunning and are best enjoyed on lazy beachside stroll, perhaps with an ice-cream in your hand. If you follow the coastal road to Le Grand Havre you can stop off and explore the Guernsey Freesia Centre, before coming to the quaint village of St Sampson. From here, you’re just a couple of miles away from St Peter Port.
Top attractions in Guernsey
Guernsey is a beautiful island that provides visitors with the perfect backdrop for strolls, picnics and sunbathing, but there is certainly more on offer than just picturesque scenery. The island has set up several museums that allow tourists to learn about maritime and military history.
This 800-year-old castle stands at the mouth of Guernsey’s harbour and contains five different museums, as well as four period gardens. There are also Living History performances that bring the castle to life, guided tours and a noon-day gun firing. The castle offers visitors spectacular panoramic views of Guernsey and its neighbouring islands.
German Occupation Museum
The museum depicts what it was like for islanders when the Germans occupied Guernsey during the Second World War. It has an authentic recreation of a street scene from this period and exhibitions on maritime history. This attraction is one that the whole family can enjoy, as well as something for history buffs
The Little Chapel
Built in 1923 as a labour of love by Brother Déodat, the Little Chapel measures just nine feet long and 4.5 inches wide. It was originally supposed to be a miniature version of the grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. However, it became famous in its own right and attracted attention from across the world, making it one of the Guernsey’s most popular attractions.
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