Travel & Tips
The basic visitor information you’ll need during your stay on our island.
*All fares and rates quoted are subject to change.
Air Canada: 888-247-2262
American Airlines: 800-433-7300
British Airways: 800-247-9297
Delta Airlines: 800-221-1212
JetBlue Airlines: 800-538-2583
United Airlines: 800-864-8331
Banks are usually open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are many ATMs islandwide that dispense Bermuda dollars.
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.
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)
You can buy pre-paid calling cards in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50 from LinkBermuda (297-7000) and TeleBermuda International Limited (296-9000). Digicel offers post-paid and pre-paid voice and text plans (500-5000; digicelbermuda.com), whilst One Communications offers pay-as-you-go long-distance plans. (700-7000; onecomm.bm)
Visa and MasterCard may be used for cash advances at local banks. In addition, HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited and The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited provide ATMs islandwide for MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus cash advances. Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards are accepted virtually everywhere on the island.
The Bermuda dollar is divided into 100 cents and is equal in value to the U.S. dollar; both are legal tender on the islands. Bermuda introduced new banknotes in 2009 with distinctly Bermudian designs, featuring wildlife on one side and local landmarks on the other. The exchange of other foreign currencies is done in banks. Credit cards are widely accepted in stores, restaurants and hotels.
Customs and Duty
U.S. residents who have been out of the country for 48 hours or more may take home items valued up to $800 once every 30 days without incurring duty. Adults may include 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars and one litre of alcohol within their exemption, plus a second litre if produced by a Caribbean Basin country. Original paintings, drawings and sculptures are duty-free but must be declared. Visit cbp.gov.
U.K. residents 17 or older may take home duty-free two litres of table wine and one litre of spirits or liqueurs, or two litres of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs, plus 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco, plus 60cc of perfume and 250cc of eau de toilette, plus other goods worth up to £145. Visit hmrc.gov.uk.
Canadian residents who have been out of their country for 48 hours or more can claim up to CAN$300 worth of goods without paying duty if they carry the goods with them. After each absence of seven days or more, Canadian residents can claim up to CAN$800 worth of goods without duty. For more information, visit cbsa-asfc.gc.ca. For information regarding Cuban cigars and products, visit cbp.gov.
The legal drinking age is 18.
Electrical service is the same as in the U.S. and Canada: 110 volts, 60 cycles AC.
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.
Bermuda has a number of internet service providers offering DSL and dial-up connections. The Bermuda Library on Queen Street offers free internet service with a limit of 30 minutes per person. Its hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The Town of St. George also offers free Wi-Fi around King’s Square (sponsored by the Visitor Information Centre and The Corporation of St. George’s). Just connect to the Destination St. George’s network.
Users can access internet hot spots throughout Dockyard, the island’s first fully Wi-Fi-enabled public access area. There is also a Bloomberg terminal in the U.S. Departures lounge at the airport.
Lifeguards are stationed at the following beaches daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
• Clearwater Beach/Turtle Bay: May 24 to Labour Day
• John Smith’s Bay: May 24 to Labour Day
• Horseshoe Bay: May 1 to October 31
Mopeds and Scooters
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).
You must obey Bermuda’s speed limit of 22 mph/35 kph and remember to drive on the left side of the road. Gas stations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Take in a movie at Liberty Theatre, Union Square, Hamilton (292-7296); Neptune Cinema, The Royal Naval Dockyard (292-7296); or The Speciality Cinema, 12 Queen Street, Hamilton (292-2135, 295-2751; specialitycinema.bm).
Population (July 2015 est.) 70,196
Male (median age 41.2) 33,952
Female (median age 44.9) 36,244
The General Post Office is located at 56 Church Street, Hamilton, and is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon (297-7893). Rates: Local letters are 50 cents, and local greeting cards are 50 cents. Air mail to the United States, the Caribbean or Canada is $1.15; $1.35 to Great Britain; $1.35 to Europe; and $1.55 to Asia, Australia or New Zealand.
Public Holidays 2017/18
Bermuda Day Wednesday, May 24
National Heroes’ Day Monday, June 19
Emancipation Day Thursday, Aug. 3
Somers’ Day Friday, Aug. 4
Labour Day Monday, Sept. 4
Remembrance Day… Saturday, Nov. 11 (Observed Monday, Nov. 13)
Christmas Day Monday, Dec. 25
Boxing Day Tuesday, Dec. 26
New Year’s Day Monday, Jan. 1
Good Friday Friday, March 30
Shop and Office Hours
Generally, shops, businesses and professional offices open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Clocktower Mall in The Royal Naval Dockyard is open seven days a week — except Christmas Day and Good Friday. For full details on hours of operation, please visit dockyardbermuda.com.
Many grocery stores throughout the island are open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, and the sale of cigarettes from vending machines are banned in Bermuda. Offenders face a $1,000 fine.
Taxes and Tipping
There is no sales tax. At most restaurants, a 15–17 percent tip will be added to your bill. At hotels, a 7.25 percent hotel-occupancy tax, a 2.5 percent tourism guest fee and a 10 percent service charge are added to your bill.
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 The Royal Naval Dockyard is $82–$100.
Call to Bermuda: Country code 1, area code 441
Call to U.S. and Canada from Bermuda: 1 + area code + phone number
Call to the U.K. from Bermuda: 011/44/city code/phone number
Call to other countries from Bermuda: 011/country code/city code/phone number
Call to international operator: 00
Alcoholics Anonymous: 297-0965
Animal Emergencies (SPCA): 236-7333
Bermuda Allergy and Asthma Relief Centre: 292-9258
Bermuda Diabetes Association:292-8427
Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre: 297-1010
Bermuda Red Cross: 236-8253
Bermuda Tourism Authority: 296-9200
Directory Assistance: 411
Emergency 24-hour counselling: 236-3770
Fire Service: 911
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (emergency): 239-2009
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (general): 236-2345
Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre: 298-7700
Physically Handicapped Association: 293-8148
Police/St. George’s: 297-1122
Weather forecast: 977
What’s Going On in Bermuda: 974
Women’s Resource Centre: 295-7273
Visitor Information Centres (VIC)
8 Front Street beside the
Hamilton Ferry Terminal 295-1480
7 King’s Square 297-0556
The Royal Naval Dockyard:
In the gazebo adjacent to the cruise ship pier and bus and ferry stops 296-9400
Hamilton Ferry Terminal, Dockyard, Rockaway and St. George’s ferry stops only.
Wheelchair-accessible mini bus:
Suburban Transit Mini Bus 335-1825