Top tips for renting a car at Saint Peter Port Guernsey Airport
Guernsey isn’t a very large island and it does have a good local transport network but, as a tourist, hiring a car at Saint Peter Port Airport (GCI) is a preferred way to travel. There are lots of out-of-the-way places to visit and getting there with your own transport makes the experience much more enjoyable. The roads are small, however, and often have high hedges with low visibility at junctions. With this in mind, you may prefer to choose a car such as a 4x4 with its higher seating area to increase visibility.
Driving in Guernsey follows UK rules, such as driving on the left, but the speed limits are very different. The maximum speed limit in Guernsey, for example, is 35 mph. In built up areas it is 25 mph. There are no motorways or dual carriageways on the island, only country roads.
Returning your car to Saint Peter Port Airport is very straightforward. Simply approach the airport and you’ll see signs for the car park. The airport campus is small and easy to navigate. Park in a bay, return your keys and exchange documents at the desk in the terminal and you’ll be free to go. Adding 15min to your normal pre-departure arrival time should be enough to comfortably return your car and make check-in.
Saint Peter Port Guernsey Airport car hire companies operate during normal office hours and match the arrival and departures of scheduled flights. It’s rare that your flight would depart outside normal working hours but if you do need to return your car when staff aren’t at their desks you can use the drop-box provided.
Book your rental car at Saint Peter Port Guernsey Airport at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about renting a car at Saint Peter Port Guernsey Airport
Car hire at Saint Peter Port Guernsey Airport is located within the main terminal building. You’ll find their desks in the Arrivals area of this small single-terminal building, just as you exit Baggage Reclaim. The collection and return point is adjacent to the terminal building and a very short walk. You won’t need a shuttle bus to pick up your car so the whole process is very fast overall.
No, if you use car hire at Saint Peter Port Guernsey Airport you are not allowed to take the car off the island. If you want to do a wider tour that includes a destination like France then you will have to arrange to pick up a new car there. Your car hire company can arrange this for you.
Saint Peter Port Airport is a small campus and, since the car hire companies are in the main terminal, you can access all of the airport's amenities. These include things such as staff to assist you, toilets, waiting areas, cafe and snack bars, as well as tourist information desks. There are also plenty of family amenities such as changing areas, play areas, and child-friendly menus in the restaurant.
To avail of car hire at Saint Peter Port Guernsey Airport you will need a valid driving licence and a credit card. It’s not mandatory but you may also be asked for your passport and flight details as secondary identification. In Guernsey the minimum age to rent a car is 20 and anyone under 25 will pay a daily surcharge. Some companies extend that surcharge to cover all drivers under the age of 30. If you are 70 years-plus you may be asked to provide proof of competency to drive. This could be in the form of a letter from your GP, for example.