For a small group of Islands, The Islands of Guernsey have a plethora of transport options both within the islands and between them. From a traditional horse and carriage in Sark to a lazy cycle around the Guernsey lanes, making the most of your break in Guernsey couldn't be easier.
Whether you choose to get around by bus, car, bicycle or on foot, the Islands’ charming network of inland lanes and beautiful coastline are waiting to be explored. Plus, there are regular daily flights to Alderney and ferries Sark & Herm so that you can island hop throughout your holiday.
Driving on our Islands is an Adventure
Cars are by far the easiest way to get around Guernsey. The biggest of our five Islands, you will find that driving will give you the most flexibility when it comes to getting around at your own schedule. However, be prepared to take your foot off the pedal as the maximum speed limit is 35mph on the island. You’ll soon get used to a slower pace of life on your holiday.
Whilst the islands of Herm, Sark & Lihou are car-free, Alderney does have cars and plenty of parking. However, you cannot bring your own car to the island. You can hire a car however, if you want the freedom to get around on your own. There are also taxi services on both of the islands of Alderney & Guernsey. Guernsey has a regulated, licensed taxi service based at three ranks in central St Peter Port, St Sampson shopping area (know locally as 'The Bridge') and at Guernsey Airport. It is advisable to book Guernsey taxis whenever possible, especially when you wish to travel early in the morning or during the evening when demand is greatest.
Cycle around our Islands
Guernsey is the ideal size to get around by bike. Hiring bicycles and using our network of cycle-friendly lanes is the perfect way to enjoy the island at a leisurely pace. Equally, Alderney is a cyclist's paradise with its quiet roads and long, scenic routes ready for you to get out and explore. The island boasts 50 miles of tracks and 10 miles of paved roads. And although Lihou is not accessible by bike and Herm is actually bicycle-free, Sark is an island made for cyclists. With no cars at all, transport comes in the form of a horse and carriage, a tractor or a bicycle. It is a gem of an island, well worth exploring on a bike. Hire a bicycle from one of the hire shops upon arrival on the island and then set off on an adventure.
Island Buses on Guernsey
Guernsey has a comprehensive network of public buses that cover all the major attractions and places to see making them a great options for tourists to easily get around. All bus fares have a fixed price of £1 per journey, no matter the distance you go, although if you take the round-the-island coastal bus route and don't get off before the end of the circular route, you will be charged £5! You can pay with contactless or with cash. Unlimited travel and family travel passes are also available.
Alderney is the only Channel Island offering train travel. The island has a two mile long rail link with a summer and seasonal timetable for steam train lovers! Not only is it a great transport link for the small island but it is also the one of the oldest railways in the British Isles and boasts its first official passengers as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1857. Alderney also has its own miniature railway that operates during the summer months.
And speaking of mini trains, ‘Le Petit Train’ in Guernsey is a fun road-based train called Victor (after the island’s own resident author, Victor Hugo) that transports people around St Peter Port. It’s a great activity to do with the family.
Alternatively, the island has several private coach companies and guided coach tours that are perfect for groups and individuals alike. Take a look at the options here. https://www.visitguernsey.com/travel/buses-coaches/
Aurigny have regular flights to Alderney
Guernsey's very own airline, Aurigny, offers multiple daily flights between Alderney and Guernsey. The journey takes just 10 minutes and offers you wonderful views over the Islands and a unique flying experience.
The Little Ferry Company
One of the easiest ways to get between The Islands of Guernsey is by ferry. The Isle of Sark Shipping Company offers multiple daily journeys between Guernsey and Sark. The boat ride takes 45-50 minutes and often encounters local pods of dolphins along the way, as they like to play in the waves created by the ferry.
The Travel Trident is the company offering short ferry rides between Guernsey & Herm. There are also multiple daily options and the journey takes just 20 minutes. It’s such an easy hop for a day trip.
If you prefer a ferry to a flight, The Little Ferry Company also offers a seasonal ferry schedule between Guernsey & Alderney. Services run twice daily and take about an hour each way. Sailing is a fun way to embrace island life.
A Carriage Ride on Sark
We couldn’t end this blog without a nod to the beautiful tradition of the horse and carriage rides on the island of Sark. Whilst you can take a tour around the island when on Sark, some hotels also offer a pick-up service that you book directly with them, which is often the easiest way to get to your accommodation. It’s a fun and novel way to embrace island life.
We have missed hosting tourists on our islands this summer, but the great news is that you can now book for Summer 2021, so we look forward to welcoming you again.