What you should know before hiring a car in Guernsey
|Guernsey city centre|
|Guernsey Airport (GCI): 5 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Guernsey: practical information
Where to rent a car in Guernsey
The Channel Islands are the perfect escape without having to travel far. Guernsey makes up a small grouping of islands including Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Lihou. Most visitors arrive to Guernsey with tickets from London to Guernsey onboard either Flybe or Aurigny. Since the island is small, you can either get around by taxi, bicycle or rental car (which is the recommended of the three). The easiest is to pick up a car hire Guernsey airport. At the airport Europcar and Avis both have offices. Apart from that you can rent a car in Guernsey in a number of other small towns including Hertz in Mouilpied and Carmel.
Some hotels in Guernsey also have their own car hire facilities and while they may not be the cheapest car hires in Guernsey they are rather convenient.
Driving in Guernsey: parking and other tips
All over Guernsey you will see marked Disc Parking. These zones are identified with blue signs marking Disc Zone which means you can park here but only between certain specified hours. As soon as you park, get a clock ticket from the nearby meter to show what time you have arrived. You cannot park longer than the time period permits, most spaces have a 2 hour limit. The good thing is that this clock parking ends at 18:00 so you can park your car hire Guernsey in the city overnight in Disc Zones as long as you move your vehicle before 8:00 in the morning.
A big plus: parking is free and unlimited on Sundays and Bank Holidays. In smaller towns you won't have a problem finding parking for your rent car in Guernsey. Just follow the locals as there are many parking lots scattered around, especially in shopping areas.
Road trips from Guernsey: what to do, what to see
Saint Peter Port
From Saint Peter Port you can explore practically the entire island of Guernsey since it's only 6 miles long and about 3 miles wide. Circle it quickly or take your time enjoying the views and villages you encounter along the way. There is one main road that basically follows the coast (give or take) but plenty of opportunities to go off on your own for adventures while on holidays in Guernsey!
Getting off the island is fairly easy thanks to so many ferries going from Guernsey to France, the UK and other nearby Channel Islands. Sark is a historic island that is completely car-free, so you can leave your low cost car hire in Guernsey. It's small but is an essential stop while in Guernsey. The island itself is a mere two square miles, easily explored on foot of bicycle. Sark is known for its rugged landscapes, including the caves that you can explore at low tide.
Further afield is France, accessible by ferry to a number of ports. St Malo have year-round ferry services while Dielette and Granville only offer summer ferry services. Take your rent car from Guernsey along for the ride, there is plenty of exploring to do once you hit land. Normandy's beaches are not only historical but they're perfect for beach trips.