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 / 441-293-1777|
|American Airlines||………………….||800-433-7300 / 441-293-1420 / 441-293-1556|
|British Airways||………………….||800-247-9297 / 441-293-1944|
|JetBlue Airlines||………………….||800-538-2583 / 441-293-3608|
|United Airlines||………………….||800-231-0856 / 441-293-3092|
|WestJet||………………….||888-937-8538 / 441-293-1333|
Sign up for a shuttle service from your hotel to the airport on your return home. Simply fill out the form in your welcome packet, hand it to the front desk and you are done. Then simply meet your driver outside a few minutes before your pick up time. They will be waiting for you, and it’s a nonstop ride to the airport. Coming back to Bermuda again? Just contact your hotel in advance and they will arrange a pick up for you at the airport on your arrival or contact CEO Transport Limited (441-234-4366).
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. For more information, check with your concierge.
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 for up to three zones, $4.50 for up to 14 zones. Children under 5 years of age ride free, and ages 5–16 for $2. It is cheaper by using tokens, tickets or a pass. An unlimited one-day pass is $15; two-day, $25; three-day, $35; four-day, $44; one-week, $56; and monthly, $55 (children’s passes are half the adult costs). Alternatively you can buy a book of 15 tickets for $20 for 3 zones, and $30 for 14 zones. These can all be purchased at the Central Bus Terminal in Hamilton, the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, at Visitor Information Centres, and some hotel and guesthouse concierge desks.
A practical way to reach Royal Naval Dockyard is on a government-operated Bermuda Breeze bus, routes 7 or 8. A blue or pink pole indicates a bus stop. If the pole is blue, the bus travels from Hamilton to Dockyard; if the pole is pink, the direction of the route is towards Hamilton from Dockyard. You must have exact fare in coins if you pay cash; bills are not accepted. Bermuda is divided into 14 zones. Trips up to three zones cost $3.50; longer trips are $5.00. The cost of a token is $2.75 for three zones and $4.50 for up to 14 zones. The most economical option is a Transportation Pass which is valid on all routes on both ferries and buses and cost are, adult 1 day $19.00, 2 day $31.50, 3 day $44.00, 4 day $48.50, and 7 day $62.00. Children passes are 1 day $9.50, 2 day $16.00, 3 day $22.00, 4 day $24.00, and 7 day $31.00
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. (441-292-3851, bermudabuses.bm)
You can buy pre-paid calling cards in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50 from LinkBermuda (441-297-7000), Logic (441-296-9600) and TeleBermuda International Limited (441-296-9000). CellOne Bermuda, Bermuda’s first 4G network, also offers SIM cards and Micro SIM cards (441-700-7000).
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.
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.
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 seaexpress.bm or call 441-295-4506.
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 to 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.
Other locations that offer Internet access are Docksiders Pub, the Hot Spot, Internet Lane, iStore, Juice ’n’ Beans, Logic Internet Café, Print Express and TeleBermuda International. 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
• Cooper’s Island: May 24 to Labour Day
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 non-refundable 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. (441-296-2300) or Oleander Cycles (441-236-2453).
You must obey Bermuda’s speed limit of
20 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, Royal Naval Dockyard (292-7296); or Speciality Cinema & Grill, 12 Queen Street, Hamilton (441-292-2135, 441-295-2751; specialitycinema.bm).
Population (July 2013 est.) 69,467
Male (median age 40.9) 33,600
Female (median age 44.3) 35,867
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 (441-297-7893). Rates: Local letters are 35 cents, and local greeting cards are 30 cents. Air mail to the United States, the Caribbean or Canada is 70 cents; 85 cents to Great Britain; and 95 cents to Europe, Asia, Australia or New Zealand.
Public Holidays 2015/16
Bermuda Day Monday, May 25
National Heroes’ Day Monday, June 15
Emancipation Day Thursday, July 30
Somers’ Day Friday, July 31
Labour Day Monday, Sept. 7
Remembrance Day Wednesday, Nov. 11
Christmas Day Friday, Dec. 25
Boxing Day Saturday, Dec. 26
New Year’s Day Friday, Jan. 1
Good Friday March 25
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 Royal Naval Dockyard is open seven days a week — except Christmas Day and Good Friday. For full details on hours of operation, please visit thewestend.bm. 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 $6.40 for the first mile and $2.25 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 $40 per hour for up to four passengers and $55.50 per hour for five or six passengers.
Taxi businesses include Bermuda Island Taxi (441-295-4141), BIU Taxi Co-op Transportation (441-292-4476), BTA Transport Taxis (441-296-2121), CEO Transport Limited (441-234-4366) or Quality Transport (441-337-2578). The approximate fare from the airport to Hamilton is $27–$33, to Southshore Hotel is $33–$42, to St. George’s is $13–$16 and to Royal Naval Dockyard is $58–$72.
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 441-297-0965
Animal Emergencies (SPCA)
441-236-7333 / 441-737-1108
Bermuda Allergy and Asthma
Relief Centre 441-292-9258
Bermuda Diabetes Association 441-292-8427
Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre
Bermuda Red Cross 441-236-8253
Bermuda Tourism Authority
Crime Stoppers 800-8477
Directory Assistance 411
Emergency 24-hour Counselling
Fire Service 911
King Edward VII Memorial
Hospital (emergency) 441-239-2009
King Edward VII Memorial
Hospital (general) 441-236-2345
Marine Rescue 911
Physically Handicapped Association
Police / Central 441-295-0011
Police / Somerset 441-234-1010
Police / St. George’s 441-297-1122
Weather forecast 977
What’s Going On in Bermuda 974
Women’s Resource Centre 441-295-7273
Hamilton: 8 Front Street beside the
Hamilton Ferry Terminal. (441-295-1480)
St. George’s: 7 King’s Square. (441-297-0556)
Royal Naval Dockyard: In the gazebo
-adjacent to the cruise ship pier and bus
and ferry stops. (441-296-9400)
Wheelchair-accessible hotels and resorts:
Elbow Beach Bermuda, Fairmont
Hamilton Princess Hotel, Fairmont
Southampton Hotel, Rosedon and
Coco Reef Resort.
Wheelchair-accessible ferries: Hamilton
Ferry Terminal, Dockyard, Rockaway and
St. George’s ferry stops only.
Wheelchair-accessible mini bus: Suburban
Transit Mini Bus. (441-335-1825)