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Introduction

A view from Jersey ©Ralf

English is the official language here, but there is no doubting that the Channel Islands have a distinctly French character. Even though they have been a dependency of the United Kingdom since the Norman Conquest in 1066, the Anglo-French cultural fusion found here is hardly suprising. After all, they are situated just off the northwest coast of France and about 90 miles (145km) south of England.


The clutch of five islands is very small, their total area adding up to less than 80 square miles (207 sq km). The largest and most popular are Jersey and Guernsey. The other three are Herm, Sark and Alderney.


The laid back beach and country lifestyle of the island group reflects a French influence. This is embodied in the cuisine most of all, particularly the seafood dishes, and jolly festivals such as Jersey's annual 'Battle of the Flowers'.


For British holidaymakers, in particular, the islands provide a comfortable 'home from home' vacation station in the sunniest and warmest corner of the British Isles. Apart from lovely, scenic beaches that are well-known by avid watersports enthusiasts, there is plenty of history and heritage to explore and discover in the main towns of St Helier (Jersey) and St Peter Port (Guernsey). Museums, historic buildings and traditional events commemorate a colourful past. Most notably, these features detail its more recent military and maritime history as the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during World War II.


Hiking, cycling and golf are also enjoyable leisure pursuits well-catered for on the islands. Its natural beauty and array of adventurous activities account for its well-deserved reputation as an ideal bi-cultural destination for a quiet outdoor-oriented holiday.


Guernsey Airport (GCI)

LocationThe airport is situated four miles (6km) from St Peter Port on the island of Guernsey.
Time DifferenceNo GMT offset (in the summer months GMT+1).
Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)1481 237766.

Getting to city

CT Plus Ltd operates a bus service between the airport and St. Peter Port, and has a network throughout the island. Taxis are available from the airport forecourt and pre-booking is recommended.

Car Rental

Avis, Europcar and Valu-Rent-a-Car have desks at the airport.

Airport Facilities

The airport has an ATM, bank, restaurant, cafeteria, bar, duty free shop, newsagent, gift shop, tourist help desk, children's lounge and VIP lounge.

Car Parking

The public car park is open during Airport hours and operates on a 'pay station' system.

Depature TaxNone.
Websitewww.guernsey-airport.gov.gg


Jersey Airport (JER)

Location4.6 miles (7.4km) northwest of Saint Helier.
Time DifferenceNo GMT offset (in the summer months GMT+1).
Contacts

Tel: +44 (0)1534 446000.

Getting to city

There is a regular bus service (bus 15) from Jersey Airport to St Helier, via Red Houses and St Aubin's Village, which takes approximately 30 mins. The airport bus stop is situated in front of the arrivals hall and passengers travelling to the airport disembark in front of the departure hall. Private coaches operating at the airport include Signature Coaches, Tantivy Blue Coach and Waverley Coaches. There are also chauffeur driven luxury and executive vehicles for hire.

Car Rental

Car rental companies at the airport include Avis, Europcar and Hertz.

Airpor Taxis

There is a taxi rank adjacent to the arrivals hall. Public taxis are metered and different tariffs apply for day and night. It costs about £12 for a taxi into St Helier from the airport and it is possible to pre-book a cab. There are three fixed rates depending on the time and day that the cab is required. Pre-booked cabs are more expensive than ranked taxis.

Airport Facilities

There is a Bureau de Change at the information desk in the departure hall, as well as ATM facilities. There is free wifi at the airport, postal services and executive/business lounges. There is also first-aid and special assistance available at the airport.

Car Parking

There is short- and long-term parking available at the airport.

Websitewww.jerseyairport.com


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