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EMERAUDE FERRIES After over a century of navigating in local waters Emeraude Ferries continue to offer the best service possible to the Channel Islands and their residents. With an enviable record for both punctuality and technical reliability, the Solidor 5 has proved to be a favourite for the clients and crews alike.

Emeraude Ferries sailing to and from France and the Jersey Islands

  • Fast Jersey to St Malo ferries
  • Fast St Malo to Jersey ferries
  • Superior travel at low cost
  • Duty free products on board

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: On December 8th, 2005 Mr Pascal Girardet, President of Emeraude Lines SAS, met with employees and their delegates in order to inform them of the current economic and technical situation of the company.

Pascal Girardet confirmed that Sogestran (the parent company) has decided that the vessel Solidor V, which is currently undergoing its annual refit, will not be replaced for the time being. Therefore, Emeraude will not resume operating the Saint Malo to Jersey route before the end of February 2006.

He once again confirmed that the group alone, or with a new partner, aim to find a solution that will best fit the needs of this route and enable the continuity of Emeraude and its employees. Finally, he assured that everything is being organised in Jersey and Saint Malo to ensure that all Emeraude customers will be refunded on bookings during this period.

In the interim please reserve your Channel Islands ferry tickets with one of the alternative services offered by Condor Ferries or one the other Channel Island ferry operators using the price look-up and online reservation form above.


Emeraude Ferries - From starting life in 1904 as "Bateaux de la Cote D' Emeraude" transporting passengers and cargo around the Emeraude coast, to today, now called Emeraude Ferries, carrying vehicles, passengers and freight on high-speed car-ferries between Jersey and St Malo. 

Emeraude Ferries run an airline-style fare structure based on a system of selling by availability rather than price being based on the duration of the trip away.  Passengers who book early will be able to secure return fares from as little £112 for a car and up to two passengers, or £40 for a foot passenger. 

Emeraude Ferries offers:

- all year round fast ferry service between Jersey and Saint Malo
- price independant of the duration of stay
- amendable bookings
- a superior travel experience at low cost
- duty free products on board to offset the cost of your ticket

A Brief History 1904 - 2005


The technical problems solved, Solidor V returns to the route - a choice much proclaimed by her many admirers in Jersey and France alike!


Emeraude France replaces its sister ship the Emeraude GB.  The latest vessel is a newer 74 metre Sea-Cat than its predecessor and offers improved boarding facilities, higher levels of comfort and disabled facilities for passengers. 


The Hoverspeed SeaCat 'Great Britain' is chartered to take over the Saint Malo to Jersey route after continuing technical problems with the Solidor V.  This famous vessel (the Great Britain set the transatlantic crossing record for the fastest average speed in 1990 and flew the coveted 'Blue Riband' for eight years) has a greater capacity than previous Emeraude vessels and a more than comfortable passenger area.


Emeraude Lines is bought by Sogestran and renamed Emeraude Jersey Ferries.  A large French group, and market leaders in many different areas, the future for Emeraude is ensured... 


Another new era begins for Emeraude Lines with the arrival of Solidor V.


Continuing its expansion, "Emeraude Lines" increases the frequence of direct sailings to Guernsey with "Solidors III and IV", as well as its links with Normandy including a sailing to Alderney.


Emeraude Lines introduces a second car-ferry to the St. Malo to Jersey route "Solidor IV" as they continue to expand. Daily sailings between Jersey and Guernsey are now operated by the new car-ferry. "Normandie Express" is introduced on the Normandy and Inter-island routes.


Solidor III provides a full year of service.


Emeraude Lines is delighted by the new levels of service offered by "Solidor III" and accepts delivery. Our first website is launched. "Trident Eurotours" changes it's name to "Emeraude Travel", 


The "Solidor III" is launched on the 8th of June. This brand new stabilised high-speed car ferry takes over the St. Malo to Jersey and Guernsey routes. "Solidor III":- capacity of 450 passengers and 51 cars and cruises at a speed of 33 knots. Dielette to both Jersey and Guernsey is opened as a route.


Due to continued technical problems the "Emeraude" is returned to the shipyard on the grounds of not reaching the required specification. The "Solidor II" is returned to the routes of St. Malo to Jersey and Guernsey. "Emeraude Lines" places an order for a new high speed car ferry from the "Kvaerner Fjellstrand" shipyard


Emeraude Lines launches the new high-speed car ferry "Emeraude" that replaces Solidor II on the St. Malo to Jersey route. For the first time a car ferry service is offered from Guernsey to St. Malo direct. "Emeraude":- capacity of 400 passengers and 42 cars and capable of travelling at 32 knots.


Emeraude Lines orders the first of its high-speed ferries. The Saint Quay Portrieux route closes due to a lack of demand. "Trident Eurotours" opens in St. Helier, Jersey opens, specialising in holidays in France from the Channel islands.


Emeraude Lines purchases SMCJ to open the Carteret to Jersey route. Giving "Emeraude Lines" the largest network of services in local waters, connecting a total of nine ports.


The route of Saint Quay Portrieux to the Channel Islands is opened. As is the route from Portbail to Jersey with the purchase of the operating company JPF.


All of the companies' merge to create the joint stock company "EMERAUDE LINES".


The "Solidor II" replaces the "Solidor I" on the St. Malo to Jersey route. "Solidor II" Ex Langeland with a capacity of 600 passengers and 90 cars / freight


The company wide brand of "Emeraude Lines" is created.


The fast catamaran fleet renamed to "TRIDENT". "Westamarin W95" high-speed catamaran is purchased. The tour operator and travel agents "BCE VOYAGES" a subsidiary company of BCE is created. They specialise in short break and tailor made holidays in the Channel Islands from France


Emeraude Ferries LTD is created as a subsidiary company of BCE. The start of the daily service by traditional car ferry "Solidor I" from St. Malo to and from Jersey. "Solidor I" Ex Langeland (Kiel/Bagenkop) with a capacity of 500 passengers and 50 cars


Emeraude launch the first fast catamaran "Westmarin W86" (made by Norvegian Shipyard) imported into French waters. Inter-island travel is now possible with the routes between Jersey, Sark and Guernsey.


The routes from Saint Malo and Granville to Jersey in the Channel Islands are opened.


The opening of the new road link between Saint Malo and Dinard makes the car ferry link obsolete. An alternative route must be found.


The original guise of Emeraude Lines, "Bateaux de la Cote D'Emeraude" (BCE), is created. Starting by transporting passengers and cargo all around the 'Emerald Coast' of Brittany, North France - including the ports Saint Malo, Dinard, Cap Frehel, Dinan and excursions up the River Rance. The original car ferry route was between Saint Malo and Dinard.


Emeraude 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.

Enjoyed the Emeraude Ferries experience?
We hope you enjoy the Emeraude Channel Island Ferry experience and don't forget, your holiday starts as soon as you walk onboard!