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Bermuda Bus Routes & Destinations
Bermuda bus routes all originate from the central bus terminal at Hamilton City which is the capital and the main commercial hub of the island. All buses therefore start from the Central Bus Terminal at Hamilton City, reach out to different destinations within the island and then return to Hamilton City. The only exception is bus route #6 which operates between St. George's Town and St. David's Island at the eastern end. From Hamilton City, some of the routes go towards the western parishes, while some towards eastern parishes. There are 11 bus routes in Bermuda and they are spread across 14 bus zones of approximately two miles each. The bus fares vary depending on the number of zones you travel.
The maps of bus routes that I have shown below should help you understand which important locations are covered by which routes.
Western & Central Bus Routes
If you are traveling between Hamilton City and the western parishes like Warwick, Southampton, or the Sandy's (including Royal Naval Dockyard), you should look at the map below showing the Western Bus Routes of Bermuda. The central route (#4) covers a part of Pembroke parish including the Spanish point.
Western Bus Routes of Bermuda
As you can see in the map above, there are essentially two main bus routes (#7 and 8) that start from Hamilton City and go all the way up to the Dockyard (Kings Wharf port area) at the western tip of Bermuda. Route #7 goes along the south shore (by South Road) and you get a wonderful view of the south shore beaches. Route #8 takes the Middle Road and you get nice views of the parish landscapes. Both these routes finally merge at Barnes Corner located near the western end of Southampton. It takes approximately 1 hour of travel between Hamilton City and the dockyard by bus.
However, note that some buses on these two routes (depending on the timings) do not serve the dockyard and rather stop at Barne's Corner (see the route map above, where the two routes #7 & 8 meet). There will be a board in front of the bus indicating the final destination, so you shouldn't have any problems.
Average bus running time between places (Route #7)
Dockyard to Somerset Village: 10 minutes
Dockyard to Barnes Corner: 28 minutes
Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay Beach: 35 minutes
Dockyard to Warwick Long Bay Beach: 40 minutes
Dockyard to Elbow Beach: 48 minutes
Dockyard to Hamilton City: 62 minutes
The short bus route in the western area (route #2) starts from Hamilton city and ends at the Ord Road at Warwick parish. If you are coming from Hamilton City, route #2 as well as #7 can be taken for Elbow beach at Paget. The other short route #4 originates at Hamilton Bus Terminal, goes up to Spanish point in Pembroke and returns. Some services of this route takes the North Shore Road (the upper blue line of route #4) and others go via St John's Road (the lower blue line on the route). Bus route #9 is a curricular route in Hamilton/Pembroke area and covers Bermuda National Stadium, Cedar Park, Palmetto Road etc. The average circular run time of this route is 10 minutes in either direction.
Eastern Bus Routes
If you are traveling between Hamilton City and the eastern parishes like Devonshire, Smith's, Hamilton Parish and St George's, then you should look at the following route map. When you come from the Dockyard to Hamilton City by ferry to take an onward bus for places like the Caves, John Smith's Bay, Devil's Hole, St George etc, you should walk down to the Central Bus Terminal at Washington Street and take the bus. From the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, walk down along Queen street, take a right on Church street and you will reach the crossing of Washington Street. The main bus terminal is few steps from there and about 350 meters from Hamilton ferry. It takes only 7-8 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.
Eastern Bus Routes of Bermuda
As you can see in the route map above, bus routes #1, 3, 10 and 11 all go from Hamilton City right up to St. George's. The only difference is that bus routes 1 & 3 go through the lower part (Smith's parish) while 10 & 11 go through the upper part of Bermuda (north shore and Hamilton Parish). If you are heading directly for St. George's, then 10 & 11 will be faster. It takes roughly an hour to travel between Hamilton City and St. George's by bus.
Also note that there is another bus route #6 which operates between St. George's Town and St. David's. This is the only bus route that does not go to Hamilton City. It serves St Davids including the St Davids Light House. Some services also serve the Clear Water Beach in St Davids.
Average bus running time between places
Hamilton City to Bermuda Aquarium Museum & Zoo: 20 minutes (route #10, 11)
Hamilton City to Bermuda Perfumery: 30 minutes (route #10, 11)
Hamilton City to St George: 50 minutes (route #10, 11)
Hamilton City to Hospital: 7 minutes (route #1)
Hamilton City to John Smith's Bay: 25 minutes (route #1)
Hamilton City to Mid Ocean Club: 32 minutes (route #1)
Hamilton City to Tucker's Point: 37 minutes (route #1)
Hamilton City to Grotto Bay Beach Resort: 47 minutes (route #1)
Bermuda bus routes for popular destinations
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