BERMUDA BREEZE BUSES: With 11 bus routes and 14 bus zones of about two miles each, buses are frequent and plentiful, and they service the entire island. They’re easy to spot as they’re painted Bermuda pink with blue stripes. Most buses leave from the Central Terminal on Washington Street, next to City Hall in Hamilton. 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. Note: Exact cash is accepted. For up-to-date routes, visit www.gov.bm/bus or call 292-3851.
BUS FARES: Cash fares on buses only are $3.50 for up to three zones, $5 for up to 14 zones. It is cheaper to use tokens, tickets or a pass on both the bus or ferry. You can buy a book of 15 tickets for $25 for three zones, and $37.50 for 14 zones. Alternatively, tokens are $2.75 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 $2.75 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. All fares, tokens, tickets and passes are the same for buses and ferries. For more information on fares, visit gov.bm/bus-fares or call 292-3851
SEA EXPRESS FERRIES: A unique and reliable way to travel around Bermuda is on the Sea Express ferry system. Four public ferry routes offer a picturesque alternative for travel around the island. All ferries depart from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal on Front Street. Note: Cash is not accepted on the ferries. For up-to-date schedules, visit marineandports.bm or call 295-4506.
• The Blue route stops at Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys Parish on the west end of the island.
• The Orange route only operates in the summer, and it stops at Royal Naval Dockyard before continuing on to the Town of St. George.
• The Pink route makes several stops in Warwick and Paget parishes.
• The Green route stops at Watford Bridge and Cavello Bay, both in Sandys, and Rockaway in Southampton.
FERRY FARES: No cash fares on ferries. It is cheaper to use tokens, tickets or a pass on both the bus or ferry. You can buy a book of 15 tickets for $25 for three zones, and $37.50 for 14 zones. Alternatively, tokens are $2.75 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 $2.75 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. All fares, tokens, tickets and passes are the same for buses and ferries. For more information on fares, visit gov.bm/bus-fares or call 292-3851.
SCOOTERS, BICYCLES AND CARS: 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 Smatt’s Cycle Livery (295-1180 or 238-7800), Elbow Beach Cycles Ltd. (296-2300), or Oleander Cycles (236-2453).
Visitors can now explore the island by renting two-seated electric vehicles from Current Vehicles Bermuda (currentvehicles.com) or from Bermuda Rental Car Ltd. (236-2453; bermudarentalcar.com) These electric cars can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge, and recharging stations are found throughout the island. Visitors must be 25 years old and hold a valid car driver’s licence to rent and drive a vehicle.
You can also rent pedal bikes from a variety of island outfitters, which are ideal for exploring the island.
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, try a hybrid electric bike.
For all rentals, you must obey Bermuda’s speed limit of 22 mph/35 kph and remember to drive on the left side of the road. For scooters and mopeds, gas stations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
TAXIS AND MINI BUS SERVICES: Taxis can usually be found outside Bermuda’s larger hotels, near the airport or on the streets of the Hamilton, the Town of St. George or in Royal Naval Dockyard. All taxis are metered at government-set rates, and exact change is required. Current taxi fares are as follows, based on travel between 6 a.m. and midnight:
• For a 1- to 4-passenger taxi: $7.90 USD for the first mile, $2.75 USD for each additional mile
• For a 5- to 7-passenger taxi: $9.95 USD for the first mile, $3.50 USD for each additional mile
Fares are 25 percent higher for 1- to 4-passenger taxis, and 50 percent higher for 5- to 7-passenger taxis, between midnight and 6 a.m., all day on Sunday and on public holidays. 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).
Bermuda’s taxi drivers are great guides, too. No one knows the best destinations better than they do. Taxi drivers displaying tour guide flags are qualified tour guides. The sightseeing rate is $50 USD per hour for a 1- to 4-passenger taxi or $70 USD per hour for a 5- to 7-passenger taxi.
Island Express Mini Bus offers a range of transportation services islandwide, including airport transfers, weddings, and corporate or sporting events. They also specialise in tailor-made islandwide sightseeing tours that can cover attractions and shopping in the capital city of Hamilton. The air-conditioned buses can accommodate small or large groups (777-6464; islandexpressbda.com).