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Guernsey Airport is located in the Bailiwick of Guernsey in its Forest parish, three miles outside the island’s main town of St Peter Port. It’s the only airport on Guernsey and handles just under a million passengers a year. All flights, except those provided by Aurigny Air Services, are seasonal. Routes are offered by Flybe and Loganair from London-Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Birmingham, Norwich and Exeter. Ground transportation is by taxi and local bus, although exploring the island is best done with car hire at Guernsey Airport.
Who to Book With
Car hire suppliers at Guernsey Airport include international names such as Avis and Europcar, as well as a number of local suppliers, all with desks in the small terminal. The airport is located off the main coastal road around the island, giving fast access to St Peter Port.
Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents to pick up a vehicle:
- Your UK photo driver’s licence
- The credit card used for the reservation
- A passport or utility bill confirming your ID
- Confirmation of advance booking, if made
Driving in Guernsey is a different experience from driving anywhere else in the UK as the speed limit across the island is set at 35mph and most roads are rural, narrow and winding. Parking here is designated as ‘disc parking’, with zones clearly marked and drivers obliged to display parking clocks with the allowed time marked. The clocks can be bought at the Visitor Information Centre in St Peter Port, the police station and various newsagents and petrol stations. Three designated parking zones are available in St Peter Port. Credit cards can be used at most petrol stations.
Guernsey is a tiny island, measuring just six by three miles, and ground transportation provision from the airport and around the island is by bus or taxi. For those wishing to explore at will, self-drive is the best option, allowing stop-offs at deserted beaches and sites of interest, as well as impromptu lunches at friendly rural pubs. Taxis here are expensive and buses finish at around 19:00, making car hire the most economical and practical solution.
Taxis at the airport and in St Peter Port are locally regulated, with one rank at the airport, two in St Peter Port town centre and another at St Sampson’s. Pre-booking is advised, especially for early morning and evening travel when demand is at its highest. Taxis are metered and charge around £4.50 per mile, with extra charges for evening bookings. The island has a number of taxi firms, many of which offer island tours as well as point to point service.
Guernsey Airport to St Peter Port city centre is about £10
Bus travel from the airport is the cheapest option, with flat fares of around £1 covering the entire island. Island Coachways is the provider, with buses timed to meet each incoming flight and routes to St Peter Port and across the island. Small roads cut across the countryside, with bus routes halving the journey time between destinations by avoiding the coast road. Buses run between 07:00 and 19:00 Monday through Saturday, with many routes not operating on Sunday and those still running ending at around 17:00.
Guernsey Airport’s single terminal is modern and well-set up for such a tiny facility, having won the Guernsey Design Award in 2005, a year after it was opened. The building has two stories, with the first floor offering spacious waiting areas with great views over the Channel Islands and a conference room.
Opposite the terminal is a car park with 275 spaces, operated on a pay-station system. Parking is free for the first hour, £3 for the next hour and averages at £1 an hour for longer stays and up to £10 per day for over 72 hours. Designated parking bays for disabled drivers are provided.
Wi-Fi internet access is available in the terminal.
An information desk is found on the ground floor of the terminal.
Service Centre: +44 148 123 7766
Accessibility for disabled passengers is excellent and includes wheelchairs, modified toilets with help buttons, lifts to the first floor, a designated seating area and an induction loop. Car park spaces closest to the terminal are reserved. Passengers are advised to contact their airline with their requirements in advance of travel. Boarding and de-planing assistance is available.
Restaurants and Bars
The terminal’s Caffé Ritazza offers great coffee and well-prepared, fresh food in a pretty setting, combining relaxation with a choice of snacks and other foods. For refreshment on the go, Food Village is a one-stop shop for baguettes, sandwiches, pastries, cakes and hot dishes, all prepared on the premises.
There are no VIP lounges here, but a conference room is available.
Money and ATMs
An ATM is available at the terminal.
The airport offers attractive shopping areas, with a selection of landside traveller-oriented shops selling everything from newspapers, magazines and books to snacks and pharmaceuticals. The duty-free area is located airside and offers perfumes, cosmetics, wines and spirits, jewellery and gifts at tax-free prices.