By | 16th January 2018

Is it worth hiring a car in Jersey?

Do you need a car in Jersey > Should you rent a car in Jersey UK > Jersey ( JER )

Do you need a car in Jersey? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Jersey?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Jersey?

Jersey Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 84 - of which 48 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




  • Beaches — Jersey has many absolutely superb beaches, with Plemont being a personal favourite.
  • Although buses are available and you would have no problem getting to the beach, do you really want to be hanging around waiting for a bus at the end of a long day?
  • Bus services are much more geared towards shuttling people in an out of the capital St Helier, and even though the island is small, they just aren’t that good getting around the beaches.

Why not? Visiting Jersey without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Jersey public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Jersey. 


  • There are many islands which look like mere specks on the map, but which can be deceptively large for the first-time visitor. Jersey is not one of them. You could walk across the island in an afternoon and local buses are also widely available.
  • Footpaths — Jersey has a great network of coastal and interior foot paths which can enable you to see parts of the island that a car cannot reach.
  • Fort Regent.
  • Neighbouring islands — instead of forking out for a hire car, why not take a trip to one of the other Channel Islands? Guernsey and Alderney can easily be reached by air or sea, whereas the much smaller island of Sark can only be reached by boat. You although most Channel Islands ferry services will take cars, they will charge you much more for the privilege. Why bother?
  • Boat trips from St Helier.


Car rental in - Jersey Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Jersey?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Jersey?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Jersey?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Jersey if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Jersey if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Jersey if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Jersey on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Jersey is delightfully compact, but the a hire car is still useful to explore its beaches and landscapes at your own pace.

Would you hire a car in Jersey?

Have you driven in Jersey? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Jersey?
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