How to get around Bermuda

Although usually referred to in the singular, Bermuda consists of more than 150 islands, with a total area of 53.3sq km (20.6sq mi). Eight of the larger, populated islands are connected by bridges. The largest island, Main Island, is sometimes called Bermuda.

The public bus system offers an inexpensive way to explore Bermuda. Ferries also offer an enjoyable way to get around Great Sound Harbour.

Electric minicars, scooters and bicycles are all available for hire and also offer a fun way of getting around the island. Taxis are available but can be expensive when not travelling in a group.


Transport options in Bermuda

Sea: Ferries ply all the main areas of Bermuda, including around the islands and wharfs of Hamilton Harbor and the associated Great Sound, across and over to the Royal Naval Dockyard, and between the Dockyard and St George’s.

You can buy single ride tickets or a combined bus and ferry pass for travel from one to 31 days.

Sea Express (www.seaexpress.bm) operates four main ferry routes: the Pink and Green Routes, both of which have stops en route, are mostly for commuters. The Green Route runs early in the morning and then in the late afternoon. The Blue Route runs extra evening services on Wednesdays during Harbour Nights in summer.

There are fewer services on weekends. Scooters are allowed only on the Blue Route and between Rockaway and Hamilton on the Green Route.

Ferries depart on a regular daily schedule from the terminal on Front Street in Hamilton.

Popular routes include Hamilton to Dockyard (Blue route) which takes 20 minutes, with an hourly service; Hamilton to Salt Kettle (Pink route) which takes 24 minutes, with an hourly service, and Hamilton to Rockaway (Green route) which takes 40 minutes with 6 services daily.

From Dockyard to St George's (Orange route) takes 45 minutes, three to four times daily, Monday to Friday.

Cash is not accepted onboard, instead you need a transportation pass, ticket or token. During the summer months ferries stop at the Royal Naval Dockyard before continuing on to the Town of St George .


On land

The main island has an extensive road network. Care should be taken as many roads are narrow, steep and winding. Outside main urban areas, there is little street lighting.

Traffic drives on the left-hand side. The speed limit is 35kph (22mph) although few Bermudians stick to it. The law requires you to wear a helmet. Legal parking spots are provided in built-up areas.

Horse-drawn carriages are available in Hamilton for short rides.

Electric Car hire: Instead of conventional rental cars, Bermuda offers a fleet of two-seater electric vehicles – a fun and eco-friendly way to explore the island. It only takes about an hour to drive from end to end of Bermuda Island.

Several companies offer a choice of stylish two-seater cars, including Current Vehicles (www.currentvehicles.com), Bermuda Rental Car (bermudarentalcar.com) and Localmotion (www.localmotionbda.com). For something a little more muscular, Rugged Rentals (www.ruggedrentalsbda.com) offers a fleet of electric minicar Hummer HXTs.

Scooters (mopeds) from 50cc to 125cc are available for hire throughout the island – a driver's licence is not required for this. You must be at least 18 years of age or older. Crash helmets must be worn and third party insurance is compulsory.

Oleander Cycles is the largest scooter hire company in Bermuda, but Elbow Beach Cycles is equally good, and can arrange island-wide scooter delivery. Companies offer free transfers between your accommodation and the nearest agency office to collect scooters.

Prices for scooter rentals are pretty much uniform island-wide. The rental agency should also supply a helmet and a lock for safety.

Taxi: Several taxi companies operate in Bermuda, and they are a relatively inexpensive way of getting around for a group. There is a maximum of four passengers per taxi.

All taxis are metered, with rates fixed by the government for a 1- to 4-passenger taxi at USD $7.90 for the first mile, USD $2.75 for each additional mile, with a 25% surcharge between midnight and 6am, all day Sunday and public holidays. $1 surcharge applies per piece of luggage.

Taxis are widely available in all tourist areas, including near hotels and shops, and can be hailed on the street or pre-booked by telephone. Bermuda Taxi Radio Cabs (+1-441-295-4141) and C.O.O.P. (+1-441-292-4476) are two of the main taxi companies.

Taxis also do sightseeing tours and can be hired out for a daily rate – look for a ‘blue-bonnet’ taxi for this service (one with a blue flag on the hood). The sightseeing rate is USD $50 per hour for a 1- to 4-passenger taxi or $70 USD per hour for a 5- to 7-passenger taxi.

Bicycles: Bicycle rental is available from scooter-rental outlets, such as Oleander Cycles. Elbow Beach Cycles also has electric bicycles for hire.

There are no designated bike lanes with the exception of the Railway Trail.

Bus: Government buses serve all areas and are the cheapest transportation option of getting around Bermuda.

Service is frequent, comfortable and air-conditioned. Most hotels and shops are within a short walking distance of a bus stop, which are colour-coded: pink poles denote buses heading into Hamilton while blue poles mark the bus stops heading out of Hamilton.

Timetables are available from www.gov.bm/bus-routes-and-maps. Most services run from 7am to 7pm or 9pm. Services are less frequent on weekends, particularly Sundays.

Other transportation options by bus include the MiniBus Service (+1-441-297-8492) for travel around St George’s Parish and nearby St David’s Island, or the City of Hamilton Trolley, which seats dozens of passengers and runs between the capital and the Royal Naval Dockyard. This is a useful hop-on, hop-off service.


Latest update: How to get around Bermuda: 6 May, 2022



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