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Quick Facts
Capital Saint Helier
Government Parliamentary Democracy
Currency British Pound (GBP) or Jersey Pound
Area 118 sq km
Population 99,000 (July 2015)
Language English (official)
French (official)
Jèrriais (recognized)
Religion Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Congregational New Church, Methodist, Presbyterian
Electricity 230V/50Hz (UK plug)
Country code +44-1534
Internet TLD .je
Time Zone UTC

The Bailiwick of Jersey is a self-governing British crown dependency and is not administered by the United Kingdom. The Channel Islands are the last remnants of the Dukedom of Normandy and are considered a separate jurisdiction to the United Kingdom.

The island of Jersey [23] is the largest and southernmost of the British Channel Islands. It lies in the English Channel, northwest of France. It is only about 25km west of the Normandy peninsula.

This beautiful island is famous for the Jersey Cow, Lilly Langtry and the Bergerac TV series during the eighties.



Other settlements within the parishes[edit]

  • Gorey - This is an area which straddles the parishes of Grouville and St Martin
  • Saint Aubin - This is an area within the parish of Saint Brelade, otherwise the island would have 13 Parishes!

Other destinations[edit]

  • Les Ecrehous - uninhabited islet, there are however, a few buildings which act as holiday homes.
  • Les Minquiers ("The Minkies") - uninhabited islet.


High earnings, zero inheritance tax rates and a mild climate make the island a popular offshore finance centre. Tourism, financial services and agriculture, particularly dairying, are the mainstays of the economy. Produce includes potatoes (Jersey Royals), cauliflower, tomatoes, flowers, beef and dairy products as well as light industrial and electrical goods, and textiles.


The island of Jersey and the other Channel Islands represent the last remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that held sway in both France and England. These islands were the only part of British territory occupied by German troops during World War II.


Temperate, with mild winters and cool summers. Gently rolling plain with low, rugged hills along the north coast.

Get in[edit]

Jersey is not part of the European Union, European Economic Area or Schengen Area. However, Jersey is part of the European Union Customs Union, meaning that there is free movement of goods and trade between the island and the EU.

In addition, Jersey is part of the Common Travel Area, meaning that there are no passport controls for those coming from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man or the other Channel Islands. However, the airline and ferry companies usually request some form of photo ID.

By plane[edit]

Jersey Airport (IATA: JER) (ICAO: EGJJ) [24] - in the parish of St. Peter. Easyjet and British Airways offer regular flights from London (Gatwick, Luton and Southend) and other airports of Great Britain. Aer Lingus offers flights from Dublin, Ireland.

Liberty Bus serves the airport with three routes - 9, 12, and 15. One way trip costs £2 for adults, £1 for children ages 5-15 (September 2017).

By boat[edit]

Condor Ferries operate regular sailing connecting Jersey with Guernsey Island and the rest of Channel Islands along with select destinations in England and France.

Arrival section of the ferry terminal has a stand with Jersey maps and visitor guides as well as some brochures. There is a small cafe and most car rental agencies will provide ferry terminal pickup/dropoff. It is about 10-15 minute walk to the center of town from the ferry terminal, just follow blue signs for Tourist Information.

Get around[edit]

Download Jersey Mapp app from Google Play or Apple App store for excellent offline map and directions (including bus stops and directions). Available in English, French, and German.

By car[edit]

Despite its small size, Jersey has over 350 linear miles (563 km) of paved road on which to explore this beautiful Island.

Traffic in Jersey moves on the left-hand side of the road, just like the United Kingdom. Take precautions as many of the roads are quite narrow and twist and turn between the fields and farms. The maximum speed limit across the entire island is 40 mph/64 km/h.

Car hire in Jersey is easily arranged and very good value for money. Visitors must hold a valid driving licence with no endorsements for dangerous or drink driving in the last 5 years. You must be aged 21 and over. Some restrictions may be imposed by the hire company's insurance agent in respect of the upper age limit.

  • Sovereign Hire, 14 Havre de Pas, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4UQ, 01534 608062, [1]. 8:30am-5pm. Cars, scooters, and motorcycles  edit
  • Zebra Car & Cycle Hire, 9 Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey JE2 3QA, 01534 736556, [2]. 8:30am-5pm. Over 300 bicycles, electric bikes, variety of 2-15 seater cars. Email/phone to confirm availability prior to booking online  edit
  • Jersey Classic Hire, Unit 10, Springside, Rue de la Monnaie, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5DG, 01534 864118, [3]. Classic camper vans for hire including awnings, air beds, bedding, portable BBQs, wood burning stoves, tables, and chairs.  edit

By bus[edit]

Liberty bus operates the extensive public bus network on the island. Fare is fixed at £2.30 (cash) or £2 for contactless for all journeys, no free transfers between bus routes are possible. Day ticket cost £8 and could be purchased from the bus driver. Two day tickets (£15), three day (£21), and seven day tickets (£30) can be purchased at the Liberty bus station in St Helier (prices as of September 2017). Students with a valid NUS card should be able to get travel for 60p as should those under 16. Family day passes are also available.

All routes originate at Liberty Bus Station in St Helier and spoke out to different parts of the island, there is no "around the island" route. The two major routes are the 1 and the 15. 1 goes around southeast of the island to Gorey and the 15 goes to the west terminating at the airport. During the day these run approximately every 15 mins. They get less frequent in the evening and stop running at about 11:30 pm. The rest of the routes will not run so frequently but are a must if you want to explore some of the island's better attractions and do not have access to a car.

Timetables for the buses change seasonally and booklets can be obtained from the bus station near town, at the information stand when disembarking the ferry and at the airport.

By taxi[edit]

Taxi ranks can be found at the airport and St Helier. Different tariffs are applied for day and night hire and on public holidays. Extra charges are made for waiting time and luggage not carried in the passenger compartment. Tariffs are subject to change.

There are two types of taxis in the Island, Controlled (Public Rank Taxis) and Restricted (Private Hire Cabs). The main difference between Public Rank Taxis and Private Hire Cabs is that the fare structures of the Controlled taxis are set by the States of Jersey, and are in some instances as much as 30% cheaper than that charged by Private Hire companies, which dictate their own fare structures, which vary from one company to another. Public Rank Taxis have a yellow roof sign and a yellow license plate on the rear of the vehicle and have their Taximeters sealed by the authorities, whilst Restricted cabs will have a white license plate on the rear of the vehicle, and white roof sign normally showing the company name and telephone number and the words 'restricted'. Most restricted cabs have Taximeters installed, but are not obliged to by law.

Rank Taxis[edit]

Rank taxi drivers take passengers from the taxi rank to their destination but will take return bookings, and telephone bookings. Taxi ranks are adjacent to the arrivals building at the airport and just outside the arrivals buildings at the Albert Pier and at the Elizabeth terminal, both in the port of St. Helier. Taxi ranks can also be found at various locations throughout St Helier, namely, at Library Place, Snow Hill, and The Weigh bridge (Liberation Square), as well as a night time rank outside La Cala night club, in Beresford Street. There are four fixed tariff rates depending on the time and day that the taxi is required. Public holidays are charged in accordance with the third and fourth tariff, according to the time that the taxi is required. These rates are updated on an annual basis, and a tariff card is displayed in every Public Rank Taxi.

Restricted Cabs[edit]

Cabs provide door to door pick up. Public holidays are charged in accordance with the middle tariff. These rates are updated on an annual basis.

It is advisable to always ask the taxi driver for a receipt in case of any complaints or queries you may have on a taxi fare as it can only be dealt with if a receipt exists. Complaints should be addressed to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Department.

Jersey Lifts[edit]

The Facebook Group "Jersey Lifts" is regularly used by islanders for private lifts from unlicensed taxis. Whilst technically illegal it is universally tolerated. Prices are negotiated between the rider and driver but are usually in the region of around £10.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 4 for 3 Jersey Heritage Pass, [4]. 29 Mar-29 Oct. Seven day pass valid for unlimited visits to four Jersey Heritage run attractions for the price of three single entry admissions. Pick four out of six: Elizabeth Castle, Mont Orgueil Castle, Maritime Museum & Occupation Tapestry, Hamptonne Country Life Museum, Jersey Museum & Art Gallery (Merchant's House), La Hougue Bie Museum (see descriptions of each below) £32.85 adult, £29.45 senior, £22.20 child over 6/student, £98.95 family of four (September 2017).  edit
  • Mont Orgueil Castle. Over looking Gorey Harbour Mont Orgueil Castle, known locally as Gorey Castle, is thought to date back to 1204. However it was continually modified, including by the Nazis during the occupation years. Open daily, with bus routes 1, 1a and 2 running to it, along with cycle routes and free public parking nearby.  edit
  • Elizabeth Castle. Situated on a tidal island off St. Aubin's Bay was started in the 16th century, however modification continued up until the 20th century. Accessible by foot when the tide is out and by a small ferry, extra fees apply. Open daily.  edit
  • Durrell Wildlife Park (Zoo). Jersey's Zoo is awesome and has lots to offer. Open daily, check website for further details.  edit
  • Jersey War Tunnels, Les Charrieres Malorey, St Lawrence, Jersey, JE3 1FU (Head west from St Helier taking the inner main road. From Bel Royal the attraction is well signposted. Bus No. 8a), 01534 860808, [5]. 10am-6pm (1 Mar-31 Oct), 10am-2:30pm (1 Nov-26 Nov). Formerly known as the German Underground Hospital, the tunnels were built during the Second World War by over 5000 prisoners brought in from all over Europe. Cut deeply into rising hills, the site is now a museum telling the story of Jersey, which, along with the other Channel Islands, was the only part of Britain to be occupied by Germany during the war. £12 adults, £11 seniors 65+, £10 students, £8 children 7-15 (as of September 2017).  edit
  • Jersey Lavender, Rue du Pon Marquet, St Brelade, Jersey JE3 8DS (Follow signposts from main road in St. Brelade. Also reachable by bus routes 12, 12a, 14 (in summer), 15 (Tabor Park or Red Houses stops)), 01534 742933, [6]. 10am-5pm (Tue-Sun, Apr 25-1 Oct). Visit sunny gardens, shady woods and nine acres of fragrant lavender fields. Let the young ones loose on the Kids Discover Trail, learn about lavender processing and try some lavender treats at Sprigs Cafe and shop for "lavender farm magic". Springtime and summer blooms. Harvest season June to August with daily tours at 11:30am and 3pm £3 (25 Apr-5 Jun, 28 Aug-1 Oct) / £5.70 adult, £5.20 senior (6 Jun-27 Aug). U14 always free (as of September 2017).  edit
  • Steam, Motor & General Museum, Bue du Bechet, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5BE, 01534 865307, [7]. 10am-5pm (Mon-Sat, 26 Mar-29 Oct). An absorbing evocation of times past. There is something to excite the interest of everyone in this fascinating collection of Steam, Motor, Farm and other machinery. £6.50 adults, £5.50 seniors, £2.50 children over 5 (as of September 2017, cash only).  edit
  • The Channel Islands Military Museum, La Grande, Route Des Mielles, St Ouen, JE3 2FN (Bus routes 12 and 22), 07797 732072, [8]. 10am-5pm (10 Apr-31 Oct). German and civilian memorabilia giving an insight into the German occupation of Jersey, housed in a real German bunker £5 adult, £3 children 5-12 (as of September 2017).  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Escape the Tunnel, (At Jersey Tunnels), [9]. Time slots: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm. 60 minute group/family activity to find the locations of the newly constructed fortifications once you have accessed the German Commandant's Office. Search, identify clues and decipher puzzles to find the locations and uncover the code to unlock the door. £15.  edit
  • Bunkers at Night, 07797 869882, [10]. 7:30pm-10pm. Join Phil & Kimberley for a tour of WWII bunkers and research sites that are not typically open to public. Must prebook £30.  edit
  • Walk on the Seabed, 01534 853138, [11]. Various walking tours during low tide: Seymour Tower, Oyster Trail, Bioluminescence on the Beach, Wild Vegetables of the Ocean Foraging, Moon Walks  edit
  • Tantivy Blue Coach Tours, 01534 706706, [12]. Various coach tours around the island  edit
  • Jersey Bus and Boat Tours, 01534 863624, [13]. Various and boat tours around the island, including vintage open top buses.  edit
  • Fishing Trips with Tony Heart, (Pontoon A 29, La Collette Marina, St Helier), 01534 888552, [14]. Daily 9am to 4:30pm. Fishing trips, 7.5 hours including rods, reels, tackle, bait and beverages. Novices welcome, free tuition included. Evening trips can be arranged as well  edit
  • Go Sailing Charter Trips, (Albert Pier, St Helier), 07797 792858, [15]. Scheduled sailing trips and charters available  edit
  • History Alive Tours, 07797 969818, [16]. Various tours of Jersey military history  edit
  • Le Petit Train Tour, (Liberation Square, St Helier), 07829 743413, [17]. 10:30am-4:30pm. 30 minute scenic train ride with commentary between Liberation Square in St Helier and St Aubin One way/round trip: £5/£8.50 adult, £2.50/£8.50 children under 12.  edit

Battle of Flowers[edit]

Jersey's version of Battle of Flowers, held annually on the second Thursday of August. The parade is then followed by a moonlight parade on a Friday. The carnival involves floats decorated with flowers (real or paper) that cruise down the road. Tickets can be bought online.


English is the predominant official and majority everyday language. French is also an official language, however it is not widely spoken. Jèrriais, a variety of the Norman language, is spoken by around 2,600 people on the island, mostly in country districts.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The economy is based largely on international financial services, agriculture, and tourism. Potatoes (Jersey Royals), cauliflowers, tomatoes, and especially flowers are important export crops; shipped mostly to the UK. The Jersey breed of dairy cattle is known worldwide and represents an important export income earner. Milk products go to the UK and other EU countries. In 1996, the finance sector accounted for about 60% of the island's output. Tourism, another mainstay of the economy, accounts for 24% of GDP. In recent years, the government has encouraged light industry to locate in Jersey, with the result that an electronics industry has developed alongside the traditional manufacturing of knitwear. All raw material and energy requirements are imported, as well as a large share of Jersey's food requirements.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Jersey has an abundance of excellent restaurants [25] covering most tastes. There is one Michelin-starred restaurant (Bohemia) on the island.

There are many French, Italian and Portuguese style restaurants. Chinese, Indian and Thai are well represented too. Only one each of Greek and Sushi and one Mexican, located in Colomberie or Iranian though. There are a few B.Y.O. restaurants (for example the Dicq Shack). Fast-food chains, such as McDonald's and KFC are in town others such as Starbucks are located at the airport. Traditional kiosks serving quick grub can be found at many beach spots.

There are occasionally themed "food weeks" celebrating the different cultures in the Island. Every October (for a little over a month) there is a Tennerfest where you can explore many of the world-class restaurants.

  • Seafish Cafe, (Liberty Wharf, St Helier / Le Boulevard, St Aubin), [18]. Lunch 12pm-2:30pm, dinner 5pm-9:30pm. Closed Sundays. Premium fish and chips.  edit
  • Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St Helier, 01534 880588, [19]. Mon-Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-10.30pm. Jersey's only Michelin-stared restaurant  edit
  • Samphire, 7-11 Don Street St. Helier, 01534725100, [20]. Tue- Fri 09.00am-Late; Saturday; 10.00am-Late;Sunday-closed. British fine-dining with focus on seafood. £20-£30pp.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The minimum age for drinking alcohol is 18 years. For such a small place there are a lot of bars and quite a few different clubs. Despite duty on alcohol being lower than the U.K. most popular bars set their prices close to what you'd expect in London. Normal pub closing time is 11 PM and most clubs have to be closed by 2 AM (there is no "drinking-up-time"). There are a few bars with alfresco areas including one with a view over the bay toward Elizabeth castle. Most of the working men's pubs became trendy wine bars in the early nineties so there's not much chance of finding a pool table in town. There are two bars which sell Absinthe.

There is quite a good music scene, in part due to licensing regulations which allow some bars to stay open till 1 AM if they have live entertainment. The bars with a late licence never have a cover charge but all the clubs do.

The main town of St. Helier is compact enough that you can wander from pub to pub and club to club quite easily.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Jersey may only measure nine miles by five but it's home to an amazing range of places to stay that suits all tastes.

More details can be found on There are four campsites, including one in St. Brelade near the west coast.

  • Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Rue de l'Etau, St. Helier, +44 1534 671 100, [21]. Situated along the popular waterfront promenade, it is just a short walk from the majestic cliffs, unspoilt beaches and lush landscapes that define Jersey.  edit
  • Rocque-berg View Guesthouse, Rue de Samares, St Clements, JE2 6LS, +44 1534 852642, [22]. Friendly non smoking guest house, quietly but conveniently located near Green Island beach, two miles from St. Helier.  edit


Jersey does not have any universities, although there is a college, called Highlands, which offers a very limited selection of university level degrees.


  • Be-flag.png Belgium (Honorary Consulate), 22 Grenville Street, St Helier, 01534 602401.  edit
  • En-flag.png Estonia (Honorary Consulate), La Solitude, St Brelade, 07700 707340.  edit
  • It-flag.png Italy (Honorary Consulate), 1A Douro Terrace, St Helier, 07797 888273.  edit
  • No-flag.png Norway (Honorary Consulate), Petit Bois, St. Clement, 01534 730175.  edit
  • Pl-flag.png Poland (Honorary Consulate), 6 Hill Street, St Helier, 07700 811719.  edit
  • Rw-flag.png Rwanda (Honorary Consulate), St John's Manor, 01534 862300.  edit


Employment in Jersey is subject to strict regulations. The basic principle, enshrined in the 1973 Regulation of Undertakings Act, is that anyone offering employment is required to have a license to employ those who are not qualified to live on Jersey under the various Housing Acts. Those who come to the Island have to be resident for five years before they are regarded as qualified to apply for unlicensed vacancies.

The way that this has been interpreted has varied over the years: for many years it was relatively easy for businesses to get licenses. At the moment, it is far more difficult.

This does not mean that there are no available vacancies, but it means that the Jersey job market is rather unusual. Those who have specialised essential skills (particularly in medicine) will find vacancies, and some of the offshore finance companies have block licences which they will use to bring in specialist or senior staff. At the bottom end of the market there are still some seasonal vacancies for waiters and bar staff (although the States, Jersey's government, are increasingly pushing the tourism industry to use local staff). In between there is very little.

The five year rule also applies to anyone who wishes to set up a business outside the finance sector, unless they can prove that the business does not duplicate an existing business.

Stay safe[edit]

Jersey law derives from Norman customary law, now supplemented by English law and local statute. Law of England and Wales does not automatically apply in Jersey, unless adopted by the parliament, the States of Jersey. Most things are the same as in English law, with the exception of some laws about marriage and divorce.

Although Jersey have failed to ratify many pro-LGBT laws and rights that the UK have recently passed, attitudes towards homosexuality tend to be very similar to those you would find in Great Britain. Some are liberal some are conservative.

Stay healthy[edit]

There is a hospital in St Helier which will be able to deal with most regular injuries. For specialist treatment, it is often necessary for patients to be taken to the United Kingdom.

It is also worth noting that going to a doctor in Jersey will cost you money, normally around £40 a visit. This can vary considerably, as it is up to the doctor's surgery to set the price.

Jersey is not covered by the UK NHS, however, most emergency treatment is free.


Some people from Jersey refer to themselves as British (which is quasi-accurate). Some people refer to themselves as Norman, or some even French! People from Jersey are not English (in the same way the Welsh are the Welsh, the Scottish are the Scottish and the Northern Irish are the Northern Irish). The correct/official way of describing persons from Jersey are 'Jerseymen' and 'Jerseywomen'. Calling them anything else may offend unless you are on good terms.

As a general rule, people from Jersey are very pro-Europe (despite not being a part of the 'European Union') and would describe themselves as being more a part of Europe than Great Britain is, on the basis of geography and French cultures. Despite this, Jersey men and women have no right to work in Europe, however, they have full access to Great Britain's labour market.

Get out[edit]

It's possible to take day trips to other Channel Islands and nearby French ports. Visit itravel website for a combined listing of all offerings.


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