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Schedule & Information
Bermuda's public buses are all pink in color. The color is inspired from the pink sands in the beaches that Bermuda is so famous for. Bermuda bus service provides a convenient, comfortable and efficient mode of public transportation within the island. The bus network is so extensive that you can reach out to almost all corners of the island by bus. All buses are air-conditioned. Most visitors use the bus services.
Bus routes are divided into 14 zones of about 2 miles each. The bus fare depends on how many zones you are traveling. Actually there are two types of fares in buses, one for up to 3 zones and the other for more than 3 zones (also called 14-zone fare). For paying bus fares in cash, you will need to tender exact fare in change. Dollar Notes or bills are not accepted. More popular options for tendering fare are Transportation Passes, Tokens, or book of tickets.
Bus passes, tickets, tokens and fares
The transportation pass is convenient and economical option of getting around the island if you plan to use buses & ferries several times a day. It gives unlimited hop on and off access to public buses as well as in ferries. However, for only one-time point to point travel between one place to the other, cash or token would be cheaper. You can also buy a pack of 15 tickets which can be used in buses.
There are several places like the Visitors Information Centers, post offices, bus/ferry terminals etc where you get Passes, Tickets or Tokens
Bermuda Bus Routes & Destinations
There are 11 bus routes in Bermuda. All buses start from the central bus terminal at Hamilton City, reach out to various destinations within the island and return. The only exception is route #6 which caters to St Davids from St George.
The Hamilton Bus Terminal is located at Washington Street, next to the City Hall. Check out Bermuda Bus Routes & Destinations
to know about all the bus routes in Bermuda, bus services to popular destinations, zones of travel, route color codes and more.
Bermuda Bus Schedule
Unlike the ferry service, bus service in Bermuda follows the same weekly schedule for all routes through out the year. Which means that frequency of bus service does not get affected during winter. However during public holidays and weekends, the bus service does get reduced. The Government of Bermuda link Bus Schedules
provides an hour by hour detailed schedule and timings for all bus routes in Bermuda. Once you visit the link, you will see both Eastern and Western route maps. There will be small color bars with bus route numbers. You will need to click on a bar to see the schedule for that route.
Bermuda Bus Stops
Bermuda bus stops have poles that are either blue or pink in color. While you might find small concrete hut like structures at some bus stops which are the waiting areas for passengers, but some bus stops in Bermuda may just be a pole on the road jutting out from the ground. So look for the pole rather than the shade of a typical bus stop.
A pole may be pink or blue in color. If the pole is pink, the bus you will get is returning to Hamilton City at the central bus terminal near City Hall. If the pole is blue, the bus is going out of Hamilton to other destinations. The buses have the final destination displayed in front of them so that you know where the bus is going. In order to stop a bus, you need to stand by the pole so that the bus driver can clearly see you.
Tips for using Bermuda Buses
While the bus service in Bermuda is quite frequent during the normal hours of weekdays, the service gets slower (i.e. time gap between two bus services for a destination increases) towards late evenings, Sundays and public holidays. During the rush hours (i.e. essentially the office hours), the buses get quite crowded. So try to avoid using public buses during such hours. The best time to use buses would be between 9:30am to 3pm, and again after 6pm.
Here are some more tips for you to know when the bus service can be easier to avail and more time saving than the ferry service. Sometimes the ferry can be far more effective.
Between the dockyard at the west end and Hamilton city, the ferry can be a lot faster than the bus. A direct ferry between Hamilton and dockyard will take about 20 minutes compared to about an hour by a bus. And the ferry service between these two places are also quite frequent. Bus ride from Dockyard to St. George (west end to east end of the island) takes about two hours with a transfer at Hamilton as there is no direct bus. Whereas a direct ferry from dockyard to St. George takes only 35 minutes. However this ferry service is limited and operates only between April to November.
If you are in Hamilton City and like to go to St. George at the east, bus is a better option. There is no direct ferry between Hamilton City and St. George. You will need to take a ferry to the dockyard and then a connection to St. George. The whole ferry journey will take more than an hour including the wait time at the dockyard. On the other hand, a bus ride from Hamilton to St George takes just about an hour and the service is more frequent.
Bermuda Minibus & Van Service
While public buses in Bermuda very popular and efficient, there are several reasons why you may need an alternative mini bus or van service, although the rate might be slightly higher. The bus service won't reach you to every possible place in the island. Or when the buses are crowded (which is often he case in high cruise season), then a shuttle round trip services to the beaches in a minibus could be a great alternative. Check out Bermuda Minibus & Van Services
for all such options.
Bermuda Bus Courtesy
Buses are the best places to meet local Bermudians. When you board a bus in Bermuda, it's a general courtesy to greet the bus driver by wishing him 'Good Morning' or 'Good afternoon'. You will see that Bermudians always do so and even to the fellow passengers. The bus drivers in Bermuda are generally quite friendly. Unless it's a rush hour and the road is full of traffic, a bus driver will usually call out the bus stop if you ask him to do so when you board.
Buses stop only on request or when there is someone waiting at the bus stop. To stop a bus, you will need to press a buzzer available in the bus. On your request, the driver will be happy to announce your destination stop on arrival. Eating and drinking are not allowed in a bus. You can not also carry heavy luggage in a bus.
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Terry Collier (September 2013)
Hi, I am visiting late September and would like to know the time of the last bus to leave Hamilton bus station going to Kings Wharf at the Naval dockyard on Wednesday 26/09/2013. Thanking you in advance
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2013)
Hi, Last bus from Hamilton to dockyard is at 10:45pm (route #8) all days of the week. The previous one is at 9:15pm (route #7) all days except Sunday. Average run time 62 minutes.
Robert Meininger (July 2013)
Hi - When we leave St George to take a bus to Hamilton - do we catch the #10 or #11 bus? Or, are they the same - which bus takes us closest to the town? Then, when we leave Hamilton to head back to the Dockyards, is it easier/faster to take the ferry of a bus? Many thanks!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2013)
Hi, All buses (except bus #6 from St. George) finally terminate at the central bus terminal at Hamilton located near City Hall. From St. George, bus #10 and 11 will reach Hamilton faster compared to #1 an 3. But you can take any of them to reach Hamilton City although they follow different routes.
From Hamilton, take the ferry (Blue Route) from the Ferry terminal on Front Street. It's a direct ferry to the dockyard and takes only 20 minutes compared to a bus which takes about an hour. Regards,
Ben (June 2013)
We will be visiting your beautiful island in July. This is my question. What time is the last bus out of Hamilton going to St. George's via Middle Road. Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2013)
Hi, Bus #3 takes the middle road and goes out of Hamilton via Devils Hole, Crystal Caves, Grotto Bay etc to St George (there are some services which go only up to Grotto Bay). On a week day, the last service to St George is at 4:45pm, on Saturdays at 6:15pm and on Sundays at 5:30pm. Regards,
Sylvia Gordon (June 2013)
Where does the 6 bus start in St. George, going to Turtle Beach? Is it near where the ferry comes in? Is Turtle Beach on the same stretch of beach as Clearwater? I love Turtle Beach, an escape from the cruise passengers!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2013)
Hi, The main bus terminal of St. George is at the western end of Duke of York Street and just north of Somer's Wharf. While it is not next to the Ferry Stop, it is within walking distance. Bus #6 starts from here. Turtle Bay Beach is adjacent to Clearwater beach in St. Davids. But note that all services of bus #6 will not go up to Clearwater beach (some will). Ask the driver. Regards,
Kelly (February 2013)
I am visiting again but this time I will have two small children with me and will need a double stroller for our day trips. How easy is it to travel the island on bus with a double stroller? we are worried about not being able to bring it and having to carry two small children for most of the day. Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, February 2013)
Please note that strollers, suitcases, golf clubs or any kind of heavy luggage are not permitted in Bermuda buses. Regards,
As a first time visitor to your beautiful island I suggest that you post route numbers and timetables at all your bus shelters. Then visitors can feel confident in using the service. This will also take congestion off the roads as more people that take the bus the better for everyone. Back in the UK, timetables and routes are displayed at all stops and you can also get text messages sent telling you when the next bus is due and if it is going to be late! Best wishes to the bus service!
There are no zone marking that one can verify how many zones they have traveled. Most bus drivers really don't know. This is confusing not only to Bermudians, it is EXTREMELY confusing to the visitors.
I love the buses, but we used to be able to get them at the airport. That was a huge convenience. Now if we arrive on a weekend there is no place to get the passes. Please make them available for the tourists when they arrive at the airport.
Thank you. (Oct 18, 2011)