Transportation & Tips For Visitors to Bermuda

Buses

Government-run Bermuda Breeze buses provide a convenient way to get around Bermuda, which is divided into 14 bus zones of about two miles each. Bus fare is payable only with the exact amount in coins, tokens, tickets or passes, but not bills. Cash fares are $3.50 for up to three zones, $5 for up to 14 zones. Children under 5 years of age ride free, and ages 5–16 for $2.75. It is cheaper to use tokens, tickets or a pass. An unlimited one-day pass is $19; two-day, $31.50; three-day, $44; four-day, $48.50; and one-week, $62. An unlimited one-day pass for children is $9.50; two-day, $16; three-day, $22; four-day, $24.50; and one-week, $31. Alternatively, you can buy a book of 15 tickets for $25 for three zones, and $37.50 for 14 zones. These can be purchased at the Central Bus Terminal in Hamilton, the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, Visitor Information Centres and some concierge desks.

Bus stops are identified by either a solid blue or pink pole. Blue poles signify routes outbound from the City of Hamilton; pink ones mark routes inbound to the City of Hamilton. Fares, tokens, tickets and passes are the same for buses and ferries. The Central Bus Terminal is on Washington Street near City Hall in Hamilton. (292-3851; gov.bm/bus-fares)

Ferries

A unique and reliable way to travel around Bermuda is on the Sea Express ferry system. With a convenient network of embarking and debarking points in Hamilton, Dockyard, Somerset, Rockaway, Southampton, Warwick, Paget and St. George’s. Fares, tokens, tickets and passes are the same as for buses. For routes and schedules, visit marineandports.bm or call 295-4506.

Bicycles

You can bring your bike aboard a ferry. Rental rates range from about $30 a day, with $15 insurance waiver required. If you need a little bit more help pedalling, Elbow Beach Cycles Ltd. offers hybrid electric bikes.

Mopeds, Scooters and Cars

Rentals are available by the day or the week. Prices vary, but daily rates range from $40 to $50 for a single-seat scooter. Double-seat scooters are slightly higher. It is mandatory for both drivers and passengers to wear helmets, which are included with the rental. A $30 nonrefundable insurance waiver is also required. You must be 18 or older to rent a motor scooter or a moped, and most rental agencies will require that you demonstrate the ability to operate the vehicle properly following an instructional session on safety and handling. Contact Elbow Beach Cycles Ltd. (296-2300).

Two-seated electric cars are also available for rent. For all rentals, you must obey Bermuda’s speed limit of 22 mph/35 kph and remember to drive on the left side of the road. For scooters and mopeds, gas stations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Taxis and Mini Bus Services

All taxis are outfitted with meters, and a rate card must be displayed. By law, the rates are fixed. The base fare is valid for one to four passengers; taxis carrying five or six passengers charge a slightly higher rate. Fares begin at $7.95 for the first mile and $2.75 for each subsequent mile. Rates are 25 percent higher from midnight to 6 a.m., and on Sundays and public holidays. Taxi drivers displaying tour guide flags are qualified tour guides. Rates start at $50 per hour for up to four passengers and $70 per hour for five or six passengers.

Taxi businesses include Bermuda Island Taxi (295-4141), BIU Taxi Co-op Transportation (292-4476), BTA Transport Taxis (296-2121), CEO Transport Limited (234-4366) and Quality Transport (337-2578). The approximate fare from the airport to Hamilton is $42–$53, to Southshore Hotels is $44–$55, to St. George’s is $13–$16 and to Royal Naval Dockyard is $82–$100.

Island Express Mini Bus offers a range of transportation services islandwide, including airport transfers, weddings, and corporate or sporting events. They also specialise in tailormade islandwide sightseeing tours that can cover attractions and shopping in the capital city of Hamilton. It’s your tour, it’s your choice. The fully air-conditioned buses  an accommodate small or large groups. (777-6464; islandexpressbda.com)

St. George’s Transportation Shuttle Service
Shuttle tickets (297-0556) are available at Hunters Wharf Ferry Park (credit card only) and at the St. George’s Visitor Information Centre (cash/cc). Price for a round trip to Tobacco Bay / Fort St. Catherine is $12; Round trip to Clearwater Beach, $15.

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