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
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
Guernsey Airport (GCI)
The airport is situated four miles (6km) from St Peter
Port on the island of Guernsey.
No GMT offset (in the summer months
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
Avis, Europcar and Valu-Rent-a-Car have desks at the
The airport has an ATM, bank, restaurant, cafeteria, bar, duty
free shop, newsagent, gift shop, tourist help desk, children's
lounge and VIP lounge.
The public car park is open during Airport hours and operates on
a 'pay station' system.
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 companies at the airport include Avis, Europcar and
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.
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
There is short- and long-term parking available at the