Guide to Driving In Guernsey - Drive Safe in Guernsey

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Guernsey and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

20 mph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

35 mph

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motorway speed limit

n/a mph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 80mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Guernsey on the Left side  
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The currency in Guernsey is GBP £
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To rent a car is  20 years and to drive is 17 years of age
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Driving Laws in Guernsey

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Guernsey?

Driving in Guernsey
Pocket guide to driving in Guernsey
Profile:
Guernsey
Saint Peter Port
GBP £
Driving in Guernsey
SPEED: (mph)
20
35
n/a
Speed limit in Guernsey
Holiday:
Rush hour in Guernsey
Cameras:
NO
YES
Speed cameras in Guernsey
FUEL:
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Guernsey
DRIVE:
LEFT
Drive LEFT in Guernsey
MIN AGE:
17
20
Min driving age in Guernsey
DRINK:
80mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Guernsey
EMERGENCY:
999
Emergency phone number in Guernsey
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Guernsey
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Guernsey
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Guernsey
The only things to be aware of on Guernsey are the slow pace of life meaning no rushing traffic, the limited number of roads and the low speed limits. Relax and you'll have a great time!

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112 or 999

Police Fire: 112 or 999

Police Ambulance: 112 or 999

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Guernsey by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
Guernsey is often very busy, especially in peak season, and you’ll find that parking isn’t easy to come by. 
 
Paid parking
 
Most parking is free but you need to buy a parking disk to take advantage of the free but limited parking. You can buy the disks from the police station, post offices, some petrol stations and information centres. 
 
Enforcement
 
Enforcement of parking is done by the police and traffic wardens and if you exceed your time you’ll get a fixed penalty notice. 
 
Disabled parking
 
Although only loosely part of Europe, Guernsey does recognise the disability blue badge system and, if you park in municipal parking areas, you should check the signs for your entitlement which usually give you extended time.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112 or 999

Police Fire: 112 or 999

Police Ambulance: 112 or 999

The emergency number in Guernsey is the UK standard 999 for all emergency services including the coastguard. You can also use 112.

What to do in an emergency

If you have a problem with your car you should phone the assistance number given to you on the rental documents or attached to the windscreen of your car. If you are driving your own vehicle, use your emergency assistance company's partner in Guernsey which includes offices of the major UK roadside assistance organisations.
 
Accidents not involving injury do not need to be reported, you simply need to exchange details. All other accidents must be reported within 24 hours; not to do so is an offence. 

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Everyone on Guernsey speaks English but you might get a chance to practise your French too!

Guernsey Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Guernsey by Month

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Guernsey and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.
Kellie Hodge
Posted by Kellie Hodge
About the Author -

Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

Visitor Comments

  • 11/27/2018

    Milo

    Your statement regarding the use of rear seat belts is incorrect. Only children under the age of 14 are required to wear seat belts in the rear seats of a vehicle in Guernsey. Passengers above 14 in the rear seats of the car are not required by law to wear a seat belt. This was noted in the 2004 amendment to the Guernsey Seat Belt Law.
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