Bermuda's public buses are all pink in color. The color is inspired from the pink sands of 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. The bus service is very popular to both locals and visitors.
All bus routes (except one) operate between Hamilton City and other destinations in the island. If you are travelling from one end of the island to the other (e.g. west to east), you will need to take a transfer at Hamilton. 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). Transportation Passes, Tokens, or Tickets are the most common form of tendering bus fares. For paying bus fares in cash, you will need to tender exact fare in change. Dollar Notes or bills are not accepted.
Bermuda Bus Schedule
The bus service in Bermuda has a well established schedule since April 2009. It has not changed since then. And unlike ferry, the schedule and frequency of bus service remains the same in both summer and winter. This indicates that the bus service is heavily used by the locals and not quite dependent on the tourists. But note that during public holidays and Sundays (and for some routes even on Saturdays), the bus service does get significantly reduced.
First, let's take a look at a simple bus schedule for popular bus routes. Most of you should be happy with this:
Buses between Hamilton and Dockyard (#7 and 8)
This route goes via the picturesque south shore beaches along South Road (like Horseshoe bay, Church Bay, Warwick Long Bay, Elbow Beach etc.) and Somerset. One-way run time between two ends is about 62 minutes. First bus from Hamilton is at 7am on weekdays, at 8am on Saturday and 9:30am on Sunday. The last bus from Hamilton is at 9:15pm on Monday - Saturday, at 4:30pm on Sunday. First bus from Dockyard is at 8:20am on Monday - Saturday, at 10:50am on Sunday. The last bus from Dockyard is at 10:20pm on Monday - Saturday, and at 5:50pm on Sunday. Frequency of service during morning and daytime varies and is every 20 to 30 minutes, and the service reduces towards late evening. From Dockyard, Somerset takes about 10 minutes to reach, Horseshoe Bay Beach about 35 minutes and Elbow Beach (in Paget) about 48 minutes.
This route takes the Middle road. One-way run time between two ends is about 62 minutes. First bus from Hamilton is at 6:45am on weekdays, at 7:15am on Saturday and 9:45am on Sunday. The last bus from Hamilton is at 10:45pm on all days. First bus from Dockyard is at 6:35am on weekdays, at 7:35am on Saturday and at 9:35am on Sunday. The last bus from Dockyard is at 11:50pm on Monday - Saturday, and at 6:35pm on Sunday. Frequency of service during morning and daytime is every 30 minutes, and the service reduces towards late evening.
Buses between Hamilton and St. George's (#1, 3, 10 and 11)
If you plan to travel directly from Hamilton to St George or the other way, take bus #10 or 11. They run via the north shore road and take at least 10 minutes less time that the other routes.
From Hamilton, this route goes via Tucker's Point, John Smith's Bay, Crystal Caves, Grotto Bay etc and takes the South Road. Total one-way run time is about 60 minutes. First bus from Hamilton is at 9:15am on weekdays, at 8:15am on Saturday and 11:00am on Sunday. The last bus from Hamilton is at 4:15pm on Monday - Saturday, at 5:00pm on Sunday. First bus from St George is at 9:52am on weekdays, at 8:52am on Saturday and at 11:00am on Sunday. The last bus from St. George is at 4:52pm on Monday - Saturday, and at 5:00pm on Sunday. Frequency of service during morning and daytime is every 1 hour.
From Hamilton, this route takes the Middle Road and goes via Devils Hole, Crystal Caves, Grotto Bay etc. One-way run time is about 58 minutes. First bus from Hamilton is at 7:15am on weekdays, at 8:15am on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday. The last bus from Hamilton is at 4:45pm on weekdays, at 5:45pm on Saturday and at 5:30pm on Sunday. First bus from St George is at 9:12am on Monday - Saturday and at 11:30am on Sunday. The last bus from St. George is at 5:12pm on Monday - Saturday, and at 5:30pm on Sunday. Frequency of service during morning and daytime is every 1 hour (from Hamilton the hourly frequency actually starts from 8:45am though).
This route takes the north road and goes via Aquarium, Perfumery etc. One-way run time is about 50 minutes. First bus from Hamilton is at 7:15am on Monday - Saturday and 9:15am on Sunday. The last bus from Hamilton is at 9:15pm on weekdays, at 6:15pm on Saturday and at 5:15pm on Sunday. First bus from St George is at 6:15am on weekdays, 7:15am on Saturday and 10:15am on Sunday. The last bus from St. George is at 10:15pm on weekdays, at 6:15pm on Saturday & Sunday. Frequency of service is mostly every 1 hour.
This route takes the north road as well and goes via Blackwatch Pass, Aquarium, Perfumery etc. One-way run time is about 50 minutes. First bus from Hamilton is at 6:45am on Monday - Saturday and 7:45am on Sunday. The last bus from Hamilton is at 11:45pm on Monday - Saturday and at 10:45pm on Sunday. First bus from St George is at 6:45am on Monday - Saturday and 7:45am on Sunday. The last bus from St. George is at 11:45pm on Monday - Saturday, at 10:45 on Sunday. Frequency of service in the morning and day time varies between 15 to 30 minutes. The service gets reduced towards late evening (when you get a bus every one hour).
Buses between St. George's to St. David's (#6)
This is the only bus route which connects St George's Town with St Davids. The route enters St Davids via Southside Road and exits via St Davids Main Road while serving Clearwater Beach. The total one way run time is 25 minutes. The first bus leaves St George at 9:45am and the last one at 8:45pm (Monday to Saturday). From St Davids, the first bus leaves at 10:10am and last bus at 9:10pm (Monday to Saturday). The route does not operate on Sundays. There is a bus every one hour both ways.
Detailed bus schedule (for those who are still not happy)
The Government of Bermuda link Bus Schedule 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 marked with bus route numbers. Click on a bar to see the detailed schedule for that route.
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 for 15 one way rides. There are several places like the Visitors Information Centers, post offices, bus/ferry terminals etc where you get the Passes, Tickets, 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 starts from St George's town, caters to St Davids and returns. The Hamilton Bus Terminal is located on 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.
Update August 2014: The Hamilton Bus terminal now displays the bus schedules and routes on the wall.
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.
When you board a bus, how do you figure out where to get off? Unfortunately the bus stops do not display the bus timings or route maps, nor there is any display inside the bus indicating which bus stop is coming next. The locals know by heart and they have no problems. But for tourists it can be quite confusing. The best way is to ask the driver to let you know when your destination stop arrives and try to take a seat close to him. Most drivers will be glad to call out the stop so that you can get off. However during busy time and in a crowded bus, he may not always remember.
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 the case in high cruise season), a shuttle round trip services to the beaches in a minibus could be a great alternative. Also the eastern end attractions of St George's and St. David's are better connected by minibus services. 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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Hi. We are going to be in Burmuda on November 11 and 12 2014 with a cruise. I see that Monday November 11 is a holiday and I am trying to find out the bus schedules for that day. We would like to go from the Dockyards (Port) to St. George. I know the ferry will not be running at that time but the buses will. Is there any way I can find out the schedule for that day? Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2014
Hi, buses have similar schedules (for most routes) on Sundays and Public Holidays. So go to the Bus Schedule link I have provided, go to a route and look under Sundays & Holidays.
Mattie (March 2014)
From Kings Wharfs will I be able to travel by bus to Hamilton, and see most of Bermuda, if so what is the fee for bus travel? What buses would one take to get an overview of the islands. Does a bus leave from the Wharf?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2014
Hi, There are two bus routes from the dockyard to Hamilton - bus #7 and 8. The bus stop is close to Kings Wharf pier (3-4 minutes walk). Take bus #7 goes past Sandys parish (where you will go over the smallest drawbridge in the world called Somerset Bridge and see Ely's Harbor), then by the beautiful south shore beaches on Southampton and Warwick parishes. From Hamilton you should take another bus (#10, or 11) for St George which is the historic town and the former capital of Bermuda. You will see the north shore as you go towards St George. After seeing the attractions in St George, take a ferry back to Dockyard (note the timings of the Orange route ferry ... only few services). You can then get some flavor of Bermuda.
Bus fare is $4.50 if you pay exact fare in cash (only change), $4.0 if you buy tokens from Visitors Information Centers at the dockyard. Transfers in buses are free. Tokens can also be used in Ferries. You can alternatively buy a day pass which can be used both in bus and ferry.
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.