Jersey is seen by French people as the closest “British” destination due to its proximity to the Breton and Norman coasts. 

It offers the possibility of immersing oneself in British culture and experiencing British traditions such as the “full English breakfast”, “tea time”, “fish and chips” and British shopping brands. On the other hand, English visitors arrive on the island to discover the Island’s historic French influence, from seafood and al fresco dining to cultural and artistic events. 

Several transport links are available to Jersey and French citizens to connect the island to France. 

  • Manche Iles Express: The shipping company offers regular crossings from May to September. Departing from Barneville-Carteret et Granville in Normandy, the foot-passenger only ferries link Jersey and Normandy. 
  • Condor Ferries: Departing from Saint-Malo in Brittany, passengers can enjoy crossings at all times of the year. It is also possible for passengers to bring their car or bicycle on the ferry.
  • Blue Islands: in 2022, French and Jersey people could enjoy a trial set of direct flights between Rennes and Jersey in the summer.

Visit Jersey provides information on the activities and the places to see when visiting Jersey

The introduction of a pilot scheme for 2023 to allow French nationals to travel directly to Jersey on day trips using valid French national identity cards is hoped to further develop the Island’s relationship with our closest French neighbours and provide a boost to our local economy. Ferry operators estimate that by the end of the summer, when the scheme is due to be reviewed, around 50% of passengers are expected to arrive from France using national ID cards.