Getting there & away
Condor Ferries (0870 243 5140; www.condorferries.com) runs daily fast ferries (two to 2½ hours) to/from Poole and Weymouth. Return fares start at £90 for a foot passenger, £250 for a car and driver. There's also a slow daily ferry from Portsmouth to Guernsey (seven hours there, 13 hours back) and Jersey (10 hours), for similar fares.
Manche Iles Express (01481-701 316; www.manche-iles-express.com) links the islands with France and runs regular interisland services for foot passengers - including useful Guernsey/Alderney and Jersey/Sark connections (all routes one way £20 to £30, around one hour).
Air Southwest (0870 241 8202; www.airsouthwest.com) flies from Jersey to Plymouth and Bristol. Aurigny Air Services(0871 8710717; www.aurigny.com) links Guernsey with Bristol, London Stansted, London Gatwick, Manchester and Dinard. It also connects Alderney with Southampton and runs frequent interisland services.
Blue Islands(01481-727567; www.blueislands.com) flies from Bournemouth, Brighton, France and the Isle of Man and between islands. bmibaby (0871 224 0 224; www.bmibaby.com) connects Jersey with Cardiff, the East Midlands airport, Edinburgh and Manchester.
British Airways(0870 850 9 850; www.ba.com) links Jersey with London Gatwick and Manchester. Flybe(0871 700 0535, calls per min 10p; www.flybe.com) connects Jersey/Guernsey and Belfast, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, London and Southampton.