Friday, 7 September 2012 1:51 PM
There are numerous ways to both get to Jersey and travel around it once you arrive, making it a practical getaway destination if you are based in the UK. Of course, that's not its only selling point – and it's also home to stunning scenery and a wealth of culture.
For all the information you need on getting to Jersey and travelling around once you arrive, read on.
How to get here
There are numerous ways to reach the Channel Islands from the UK, but arguably the most convenient is flying, because this will see you touch down in Jersey within a matter of a couple of hours. Indeed, if you embark on your holiday from an airport in London you will be here inside of 60 minutes.
At least 12 flights take off from the UK capital bound for the island every day so you will have plenty of choice about when you travel. However, you don't have to journey all the way to London to catch your plane, as flights depart from 25 regional airports across the UK including Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester.
It is also possible to charter a flight, and because several operators offer this service, you may find that doing this is more affordable than you think. Once you arrive in Jersey, you can also book a private aircraft to travel in should you wish to treat yourself. You can find out more at Jersey Airport, which is both modern and welcoming.
If you don't wish to fly you're in luck, because there are other ways to reach the island. One of the most popular is taking the high-speed catamaran across the English Channel, which you can board in Portsmouth or Poole. This vessel carries cars so could be the perfect option if you wish to take your own vehicle with you.
Alternatively, you can enjoy a more leisurely trip across the waves by taking the traditional ferry, which is decked out with all the facilities you need for the trip. These also carry cars so you won't have to leave yours at home if you don't wish to.
Finally, you can sail here yourself, as the Channel Islands are an extremely popular destination with yachtsmen. The waters around the isles are renowned for their excellent cruising conditions, so either bring your own vessel along or charter one from a yacht club on the island.
Once you're here
Jersey only measures 9 miles by 5, making it very easy to get around. While you might have planned to stay in one place once you have reached Jersey, it is well worth travelling around it if you get the chance. Luckily, with so many forms of transport at your disposal you should find this easy.
The public bus network will take you to practically anywhere you want on the island and you can purchase a one, three or five-day pass that will make getting around more convenient and affordable.
Finally, it's worth hiring a bike during your break in Jersey so you can see more of the countryside and areas where motorised transport can't travel. However, simply walking is a great way to get around and you'll find a comprehensive network of well-signposted routes to choose from. To make strolling even more enjoyable, you can check out some of the guided tours offered on the island.