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HD Ferries is pleased to announce the new high speed passenger and freight ferry operation dedicated to providing a reliable service linking the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey) to France (St Malo). The HD Ferry service runs every day during the summer, and three times per week in the winter.
About HD Ferries
Following the cessation of the Emeraude Lines ferry service in 2005, the States of Jersey, Guernsey and the French region of Brittany have sought an additional operator to meet the demand for ferry travel between the Channel Islands and France.
HD Ferries was one of the companies approached and after 9 months of investigation and negotiations are pleased to announce a new ferry service linking the ports of St Helier (Jersey), St Peter Port (Guernsey) and St Malo (France). The service is designed to provide a high speed, no frills value for money service for both passengers and freight.
The service is due to commence operations on 15th March 2007 subject to completion of the necessary States regulatory approvals. Tickets have gone on sale from today at www.hdferries.com, as well as through several websites and major agents based in the Channel Islands and France.
The vessel, named HD1, is an Incat K series high speed fastcraft with a service speed of 38 knots and an average crossing time of 1 hour on each route. The HD1 is capable of carrying up to 400 passengers plus 100 cars or 70 cars and 10 x 8 metre freight units. There is a spacious lounge onboard as well as a duty free shop, bar and light refreshment area.
HD1 will provide a daily summer service starting and ending in Jersey from March to September and a three times per week winter service. With six segments per day the residents of the Channel Islands and St Malo will have a wide range of additional options to complement the existing Condor services.
The 0715 sailing from Jersey to St Malo will also allow customers to connect with the mid morning TGV and be in Paris for lunch time!
Timetables for HD Ferries
HD Ferries operates the most regular Channel Islands to France ferry service. Below are the summer schedules for 2007.
|SUMMER SCHEDULE * |
15th March – 30th September, every day
||09:15 in St Malo (French time)
||11:15 in Guernsey
||19:00 in Jersey|
||21:30 in St Malo (French time)
|From St Malo
|09:45 (French time)
||09:45 in Jersey
|22:00 (French time)
||22:00 in Jersey
* All times shown are local times
* Jersey and St Malo departure times are subject to tidal variations
HD Ferries Channel Islands Fast Ferry Fleet
HD Ferries operates a fast catamaran, the HD1, on the new Channel Islands service.
- HD1 was built in 1998, making it the newest fast ferry serving the Channel Islands
- HD1 has a top speed of 47 knots, which makes it the fastest ferry serving the Channel Islands with an average crossing time of just 1 hour.
- HD1 can carry up to 100 cars, or a mixture of 70 cars and 10 freight vehicles.
- HD1 has a large garage height of 3.1 metres as well as an open deck area, allowing it to accommodate large vans and 8 metre freight vehicles.
- HD1 can carry up to 400 passengers in its spacious and comfortable lounge seats.
- HD1 has a fully licensed bar and cafeteria onboard.
- HD1 has a well stocked shop offering a wide range of duty free goods
HD Ferries - Passenger Information
You've decided to visit the Continent - what do you need to know?
All passengers travelling to France, including infants must be in possession of a valid passport or appropriate national ID card. Non EC passport holders must ensure that they have any Visa necessary for entry into France. Travel will be refused and neither refund, nor compensation will be paid where these conditions are not complied with. If in doubt please contact the Immigration and Nationality Department on +44 (0) 1534 730358. The carrier shall not be held responsible for any breach of customs and/or police formalities by a passenger, as per clause 11 of the General Conditions of Carriage.
Everyone has got the necesary ID - what's next?
Once you are sure that everybody can travel, we recommend that you make a reservation. This can be done by sending your request from this web site, by telephone to our reservations centre or by visiting our counter in Elizabeth Terminal. Reservations will be confirmed once payment has been made in full.
Reservation made - what happens on the day of departure?
Rendez-vous at Elizabeth Terminal 45 minutes before departure time for foot passengers, 60 minutes if you are travelling with vehicle (more information). Once you have your boarding cards and registered your baggage (if necessary), you can buy yourself a newspaper to read during the crossing or whilst you wait for the boarding announcement(amenities at the terminal).
What can I expect onboard Solidor 5?
Launched in 2001, Solidor 5 offers everything one could expect on a moderrn high speed vessel. With comfortable aircraft style seats, duty-free boutique and bar cafeteria serving a wide choice of drinks and snacks, sit back and enjoy the computer stablized ride. For the complete experience at a small extra charge let yourself be taken care of in the Premier Class section at the front of the vessel. Sip your complimentary glass of Champagne as you enjoy the view from the panoramic windows.
Once arrived in France...
Saint Malo - passport and customs control and you have arrived in France. Passengers with vehicles, take care to remember that you must drive on the right - the Naye roundabout is always a tricky experience! For ideas of what to do in France and around the Saint Malo area, please look at the 'Destinations' section of this website, and for more general information click 'here'.
About Jersey and the Channel Islands
Jersey is the most southerly island of the British Isles. Located some 100 miles (160 km) south of mainland Britain yet only 14 miles from the coast of France, Jersey provides the visitor with a kaleidoscope of sensory stimuli. Despite its small size - Jersey measures just nine miles by five - all your senses are made to work overtime in this tiny island. Ferry services operate from Jersey to Weymouth, Portsmouth and Poole, as well as to Guernsey and St Malo.
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