How to Get Around Bermuda

How to get around the island of Bermuda via cab, scooter, bus and boat

Bermuda is a small island but, to loosely paraphrase Steven Wright, I wouldn't want to walk it. And forget about renting a car: it's illegal for non-residents to drive cars here. So, how do you get around the island once you arrive? There are taxi cabs, of course, and you can still rent a scooter just like your parents probably did on their honeymoon. Bermuda also has an excellent public bus network, and reliable ferries and water taxis that can carry you between the cities of Hamilton and St. George and various points of interest on the island.

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    Taxis in Bermuda are plentiful, and drivers are generally professional and polite. But they're not cheap: You'll pay $6.40-$8 for the first mile depending on how many people are in your party, plus $2.25-$2.80 for each additional mile and $1 per bag of luggage transported. Taxis can easily be found at the airport, cruise port, hotels, and popular tourist areas. Drivers also can be hired as island guides on an hourly basis. The Bermuda Taxi Association website lists current taxi rates and contact information for taxi companies.

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    Bermuda Mopeds and Scooters

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    A couple sitting astride their pink mopeds is an iconic image from Bermuda's glory days of the 1960s, and you can still rent a moped or scooter to explore the island's back roads and beaches. Be forewarned, however, that Bermuda's roads are narrow and sometimes twisty, traffic can be heavy at times, and driving is on the left side of the road as in Great Britain. It's really no surprise, then, that moped accidents are the most common form of injury suffered by island visitors.

    The moped or scooter you rent will be powerful enough (maximum 55cc engine) to get you up the island's hills but not so much that you'll be doing much speeding. Gas is expensive, too. Having said all that, renting a scooter or moped gives you the maximum amount of freedom to explore Bermuda.

    Scooter and moped rental companies:

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    ••• Bermuda buses in the Hamilton depot. © Andrew Currie via Flikr

    Bermuda is served by an extensive and reliable bus network, allowing visitors to travel from one end of the island to the other in air-conditioned comfort. Fares are based on a zone system -- the further you travel, the more you pay. Bus stops are marked with painted poles: blue poles are for buses heading out from Hamilton, while pink poles are for buses heading into Hamilton.

    Bus fares range from $3 to $4.50 per trip, but if you're going to use the bus a lot then a day-pass may make more sense: they cost $12 per day for adults, $6 per day for kids, with discounts for multiple days. You also can buy books of bus tickets at a discount at the main bus terminal in Hamilton and at some post offices. If paying in cash, you'll need exact change, in coins.

    Buses generally run from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. You can find bus route maps online at the Bermuda Ministry of Transportation.

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    ••• Bermuda high-speed ferry. © Kansas Photo via Flikr
    For a fast and scenic alternative, consider taking a ferry to get around Bermuda. The island's Sea Express ferries operate on four routes:
    • Pink: Hamilton-Paget-Warwick (with stops at Belmont Ferry, Darrell's Wharf, Salt Kettle, Hodson's Ferry, and Lower Ferry)
    • Blue: Hamilton-West End-Dockyard (with stops at Cavello Bay, Watford Bridge, and Dockyard Wharf)
    • Orange: Hamilton-Dockyard-St. George's (summer only)
    • Green: Hamilton-Rockaway
    As you see, all ferries originate in Hamilton, at the ferry terminal on Front Street. Adult one-way fares are $4-5 depending on route. with extra fees for bikes and discounts for kids. Day passes are available that are good on both ferries and buses. Ferries run from roughly 7 a.m. to early evening only.
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     Bermuda may be too big to walk, but you can pretty much bike it from one end to the other, and a traffic-free "rail trail" that follows the path of the defunct Bermuda Railway across most of the island makes a bike adventure especially enjoyable.