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 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 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 out side 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.
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,DVS.
The 2 major bus routes on the island are the 1 and the 15. The one goes to the east of the island and the 15 goes to the west. During the day these run approximately every 20 mins. They get less frequent in the evening and stop running at about 11:30. 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 (http://www.libertybus.je) for the buses change seasonally and can be obtained from the bus station near town. All buses will go to and from this bus station. Note that if you are not going to or from town, you will probably need to get 2 buses and timing this can be difficult.
How much you pay is dependent on how far you travel, with the maximum fare being £1.70. Students with a valid NUS card should be able to get travel for 60p as should those under 16. The "This is Jersey" website will contain more information as well as up to date timetables.
Despite its small size, Jersey has over 350 linear miles 563 kms of paved road on which to explore this beautiful Island.
Traffic in Jersey moves on the left side of the road, as in 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 throughout the entire island is 40 mph/64 km/h.
Car hire in Jersey is easily arranged and very good value. Visitors must hold a valid driving licence with no endorsements for dangerous or drunken 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.