Guernsey is history and sea cliffs in the English Channel
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 10 minutes (total distance 342 miles)
No of flights per week: 7
Airlines that fly direct: Aurigny, Blue Island
No. of Airports in Guernsey: Guernsey Airport
Seasons: High = May - September; Low = November - February
Currency: GBP British Pound (£)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is the 3rd largest airport in the UK outside of London, meaning there are plenty of places to shop, eat and relax whilst you’re waiting to board your flight.
Guernsey is only a short plane ride away but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the airport’s facilities before you fly. The main departure lounge has many shops to keep you entertained before you fly. You’ll find high street favourites like JD Sports and Superdry as well as airport mainstays World Duty Free, Boots and WHSmith.
Hungry? You’ll also find a fantastic selection of cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from. If you’re travelling with kids, Frankie & Benny’s and Giraffe do a great children’s menu, or head to Wetherspoons for some classic pub grub. Those wanting to take something on board with them should head to Pret a Manger or M&S Food to Go. You’ll also find your favourite coffee chains like Caffé Nero.
If you like to get to the airport at the last minute, board your plane and go, why not book into our Express Lane? It’s a separate lane through Security, designed to enable passengers to pass through the Security area more quickly. Book online to save £1.
Getting to Birmingham Airport is easy whatever mode of transport you use. Travelling by public transport is easy – you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail link from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of 7 car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%. To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Travelling as a family? Read our top tips for travelling with children.
Arriving at Guernsey Airport
Getting to and from Guernsey Airport couldn't be easier. Located in the Forest, the airport is minutes from the West Coast, St Peter Port and the island's main harbour, giving straightforward access for onward sea travel to Herm and Sark.
The bus in Guernsey is great value. You can travel to anywhere on the island for only £1. There are a plethora of bus routes with frequent services, taking you to your destination or hop on for a scenic ride around the stunning island. A flat fare of £1 applies to all standard journeys of any distance on all routes.
Guernsey has a regulated, licensed taxi service with a rank located directly outside the terminal building. Demand for taxis can be especially high early morning or during the evening, so it's advisable to book in advance whenever possible.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Guernsey
When you think of an island-hopping holiday, your mind may wander to distant destinations like Greece or the Caribbean. However, Guernsey offers a fantastic option just a short flight away. The second-largest island in the Channel Islands, Guernsey has some stunning beaches, rugged cliffs and a lively, compact capital of St Peter Port.
Guernsey isn’t part of the UK but there’s no need to convert currency, as the local currency is the pound sterling (£). The Guernsey climate is similar to that of southern England, although the weather is reliably warmer and sunnier.
Culture in Guernsey
There's more to Guernsey than cream teas: there are Neolithic graves, Victorian forts and German fortifications to explore. Adventure lovers will find sports such as coasteering and rock climbing, and the north coast is excellent for water sports. Foodies will want to visit St Peter Port which lures visitors in with its great dining scene. From the world’s smallest chapel to the oldest man-made structure in Europe, there’s lots to see and do.
On Guernsey island, you will find fresh, locally produced food with flavours of both France and England. Some specialities include rose veal, spider crab (traditionally served with bread and butter), ormer casserole (a fruit cake), bean jar (pork and bean stew) and Guernsey Gáche (a fruit bread). And, make sure you order a pint of locally brewed Rocquette cider whilst you’re there.
Every October, the Channel Islands (including Guernsey) host the Tennerfest. In Guernsey, most the restaurants participate in this island-wide event, offering a three-course meal for £10-£20 per person. Diners can feast on everything from fresh seafood to local delights such as Bean Jar and artisanal cheeses.