Whether you prefer two wheels or four, there are plenty of ways to discover the delights of Jersey. You have chosen Jersey as your destination, booked your accommodation and arrived in the Island.
Now all you have to do is decide how to explore it. Part of the joy of travelling around Jersey is that it is small enough to get your bearings relatively quickly but large enough to get lost in – even if it is not for very long!
If four wheels are your preference, you can travel over with your own car or hire one once you get here.
Either way, your number plate will act as a beacon for your status as a visitor – whether you have the distinctive red ‘H’, which marks out hire cars, or lack the local ‘J’ number plate.
However, this can only work in your favour because although Islanders drive on the left, there are a few different road systems to navigate. One of these is the filter in turn, where motorists give way to the right in turn – a polite roundabout, if you like.
A different number plate alerts Islanders to the fact that you are new to Jersey and may be a little unsure how things work.The blanket speed limit is 40mph, although lower limits apply to certain stretches of road, such as in residential areas. The beauty of this is that it slows down the traffic to a more relaxed pace, allowing you to soak up the sights and sounds of Island life.
If you would rather take the bus, the Connex Network and its seasonal Tourist Bus Service links St Helier with villages, Island attractions, points of interest and bays throughout the year. But sometimes, two wheels are better than four and a bicycle provides the perfect way to discover Jersey in a leisurely fashion.
The Island is only nine miles by five miles but it has 350 miles of roads, by-ways and lanes and a 96-mile signposted cycle network.Cyclists benefit in particular from Jersey’s network of ‘green lanes’, where cars are restricted to a mere 15mph and priority is given to slower modes of transport, such as horses, cycles and pedestrians.These winding and narrow country lanes show the Island’s beautiful countryside off at its best and are a pleasure to navigate.
Jersey has no railway – the former Jersey Railway Company route between St Helier and La Corbiere has been turned into a trail for hikers and cyclists – but you can jump on board Le Petit Train. ‘Lillie’ and ‘Terence’ both depart from St Helier and run around the bay to St Aubin, offering a fun way of travelling while learning some fascinating Island facts.
If you like to see things from a different perspective, there is nothing better than chartering a boat for fishing or a trip round the Island, or even taking to the air in a private plane to see the Island’s beauty from above.