Forget about renting a car in Bermuda. 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. Here is what you need to know.
Taxis in Bermuda are plentiful, and drivers are generally professional and polite. But they're not cheap: aside from distance, there is a charge for large numbers of people (no more than seven), and for bags. 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.
Bermuda Mopeds and Scooters
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 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. Here are a few scooter-and-moped rental companies you may want to check out:
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.
In Hamilton, you can buy books of bus tickets at a discount. This can also be done at some post offices as well. 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.
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
All ferries originate in Hamilton, at the ferry terminal on Front Street. There is a fee, of course, with extra cost for bikes but 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.
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.