Bermuda Ferry Services

 
Bermuda ferry service (known as Sea Express) is operated by Bermuda Government's Department of Marine & Ports Services. This is a public ferry service that operates a number of ferries over several routes. The ferries are mostly air-conditioned high speed catamarans. The boats are modern and comfortable, with a capacity of 200 or more passengers. The main hub of ferry service is the Hamilton ferry terminal located in Hamilton City and accessible from Front Street. This is from where all the ferry routes originate, connect to various places in the island and return. 
 
Although you may not be able to reach out to every corner of the island by ferry, it is a formidable part of Bermuda's Public Transport System. In many cases a ferry service would be much more convenient and faster than the bus or even taxis, and of course more scenic. So if you are planning to get around the island using public transports, you should first figure out if your destination is reachable by ferry. If so then try to avail the ferry service if the timings are suitable. 
 
 
 
Bermuda Ferry Routes 
A route does not necessarily connect just two points, and may go through several legs of journey connecting several points before returning to Hamilton. But all ferry routes do start from Hamilton ferry terminal and return there (with the exception of Orange route ferry which operates between Dockyard and St. George). 
 
 
Bermuda Ferry 
 
 
The best way to understand the Bermuda public ferry routes is by first knowing the location of ferry docks in the island. Hamilton Ferry Terminal, which is the main hub of all ferry routes is located centrally and on Front Street. There is a ferry dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard which is located at the western tip of the island. The ferry dock at the dockyard is 5-minute walk from cruise berths and mostly used by cruise ship passengers docking at Kings Wharf or Heritage Wharf. 
 
Bermuda Ferry Route Map 
Bermuda Ferry Routes 
 
There are few other ferry docks at the western side of the island. Watford Bridge and Cavello Bay docks are in Sandys Parish (in Somerset area) while Rockaway is in Southampton. These docks are used by both residents and tourists staying in those areas. There are several small ferry docks in Warwick and Paget across Hamilton Harbor such as Belmont Ferry, Darell's Wharf, Salt Kettle, Hodson's Ferry and Lower Ferry. They are all at short distances from Hamilton ferry and are catered by a common ferry route called the Pink route. This is a much shorter route compared to the others and therefore the fare along this route is also lower. The Pink route is mostly used by daily commuters. 
 
Ferry dock at the eastern end is located at St. George's Town. It's at a walking distance from Kings Square. 
 
NOTE: There is no ferry connection between Hamilton City and St. George. So bus is the only other public transport option between these two points which takes about 1 hour each way. 
 
 
 
There are four ferry lines or routes that connect various ferry docks in Bermuda. They are identified by their respective colors (Blue, Pink, Green and Orange). High-speed catamarans operate on the longer routes (i.e. Blue, Orange and Green routes). The catamarans can carry scooters, motor cycles, bicycles etc (but allowed only in designated routes) at an additional cost of $4. But if you have a transport pass, you can take your two wheeler for free. 
 
BLUE ROUTE: This is a direct ferry route operating between Hamilton and Dockyard and is lot faster than the bus or any other transport for travelling between these two points. It only takes 20 minutes of one way ferry ride between Dockyard and Hamilton compared to about an hour by bus and about 40 minutes by taxi. Scooters and motor bikes can embark in Hamilton and Dockyard. The service is reduced on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. 
 
ORANGE ROUTE: This route operates between Dockyard and St. George along the northern shoreline. It takes 35 minutes each way. This ferry line operates during the summer season only (i.e. usually second week of April to first week of November). The service is only from Monday to Friday (no service on the weekends). It offers a great scenic cruise along the north-shore with magnificent views. Motor bikes and scooters are not allowed on this route. 
 
GREEN ROUTE: This route connects Hamilton with ferry docks of western parishes like Watford Bridge Ferry, Cavello Bay and Rockaway. Depending on time, the sequence of coverage changes. Scooters and motor bikes can embark at Hamilton and Rockaway but not at Watford and Cavello Bay. No service on Saturday & Sunday. 
 
PINK ROUTE: This is a short ferry service from Hamilton City to several small docks in Warwick and Paget parishes. The points covered in the route are Lower Ferry, Hodson's Ferry, Salt Kettle, Darrell's Wharf and Belmont Ferry Stop. Scooters and motorbikes not allowed on this route. The service is reduced on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. 
 
Bermuda Ferry Schedule 2015 (Summer, Effective April 27 - November 1, 2015)  
Bermuda Government publishes a Summer Schedule and a Winter Schedule every year for ferry services. The Summer Schedule is usually for the period between Mid April to first week of November. The Winter Schedule is for the remaining period of November to Mid April. Ferry routes and ferry timings go through some changes almost every year and so does the effective period of a schedule. A schedule is usually published few weeks before it takes effect. 
 
During summer, the ferry service is much more frequent compared to winter. Just to give you an idea, during summer time the Blue Route ferry makes about 25 round trips on a week day between Hamilton and Dockyard compared to only about 8 round trips during winter time. Also the service period on a day is longer during summer time, which for example means you will be able to return late from Hamilton back to the Dockyard by a ferry during summer. The ferry service gets reduced on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. The Orange Route between Dockyard and St George does not operate in winter and also on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays because of low demand. 
 
 
 
Blue Route Timings (Route: Hamilton - Dockyard - Hamilton) Journey Time: 20 minutes 
Monday to Friday: 
Departs Hamilton 
7:10 8:30 9:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 19:30 20:30 
Departs Dockyard 
7:30 9:00 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30 20:00 21:00  
Saturday and Sunday: 
Departs Hamilton  
9:00 10:00 11:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 
Departs Dockyard  (Saturday & Sunday): 
9:30 10:30 11:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 18:30 
Wednesday (Harbor Nights Specials):  
Departs Hamilton:  21:30 22:00 22:30 
Departs Dockyard: 21:55 22:25 22:55 
 
Orange Route Timings (Route: Dockyard - St. George - Dockyard) Journey Time: 35 minutes 
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 
Departs Dockyard: 9:30 11:30 14:00 16:30 
Departs St. George: 10:30 1:00 15:30 17:30  
Tuesday, Friday: 
Departs Dockyard: 9:15 11:15 13:15 
Departs St. George: 10:15 12:15 14:15  
No service on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. 
 
Green Route Timings (Route: Hamilton - Watford - Cavello Bay - Rockaway - Hamilton)  
Journey Time: 
Hamilton to Watford = 20 minutes; Watford to Cavello Bay = 10 minutes; 
Cavello Bay to Rockaway = 10 minutes; Rockaway to Hamilton (direct) = 25 minutes 
Note: route sequence changes in some runs 
Monday to Friday (Note: Time xxxxx means ferry doesn't stop at the dock) 
Departs Hamilton: 6:40 7:10 (Direct to Rockaway) 7:45 16:10 17:20 18:20  
Departs Watford: 7:00 xxxxx 8:00 16:50 17:55 18:55  
Departs Cavello Bay: 7:10 xxxxx 8:10 16:40 17:50 18:50  
Departs Rockaway: 7:20 7:55 (Direct to Hamilton) 8:20 16:30 17:40 18:40  
Arrives Hamilton: 7:45 8:15 8:45 17:20 18:20 19:20 
No service on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. 
 
Pink Route Timings (Route: Small docks at Warwick and Paget) 
Monday to Friday (Note: Time 'xxxxx' means ferry doesn't stop at the dock): 
Hamilton - Lower Ferry - Hodsons - Salt Kettle - Darells Wharf - Belmont - Hamilton 
07:00 xxxxx xxxxx 07:24 07:20 07:15 07:30  
07:35 xxxxx xxxxx 07:59 07:55 07:50 08:05  
08:10 xxxxx xxxxx 08:34 08:30 08:25 08:45  
09:00 09:35 09:30 09:25 09:20 09:15 09:40  
10:00 10:35 10:30 10:25 10:20 10:15 10:40  
11:00 11:05 11:10 11:15 11:20 11:25 11:40  
12:00 xxxxx xxxxx 12:25 12:20 12:15 12:35  
15:15 xxxxx xxxxx 15:21 15:25 15:30 15:45  
16:00 16:04 16:08 16:12 16:16 16:21 16:36  
16:40 xxxxx xxxxx 16:46 16:50 16:55 17:10  
17:15 xxxxx xxxxx 17:21 17:25 17:30 17:45  
17:50 xxxxx xxxxx 17:56 18:00 18:05 18:20  
18:20 18:24 18:28 18:32 18:36 18:41 18:56  
19:00 19:35 19:30 19:25 19:20 19:15 19:40  
20:00 xxxxx 20:05 20:10 20:15 20:20 20:35  
Saturday: 
Hamilton - Lower Ferry - Hodsons - Salt Ketle - Darells Wharf - Belmont - Arrive Hamilton 
08:00 08:35 08:30 08:25 08:20 08:15 08:40  
09:00 09:35 09:30 09:25 09:20 09:15 09:40  
10:00 10:35 10:30 10:25 10:20 10:15 10:40  
11:00 11:35 11:30 11:25 11:20 11:15 11:40  
15:00 15:05 15:10 15:15 15:20 15:25 15:40  
16:00 16:35 16:30 16:25 16:20 16:15 16:40  
17:00 17:05 17:10 17:15 17:20 17:25 17:40  
18:00 18:35 18:30 18:25 18:20 18:15 18:40 
Sunday & Public Holidays: 
Hamilton - Lower Ferry - Hodsons - Salt Ketle - Darells Wharf - Belmont - Arrive Hamilton 
10:00 10:35 10:30 10:25 10:20 10:15 10:40  
11:00 11:35 11:30 11:25 11:20 11:15 11:40  
12:00 12:35 12:30 12:25 12:20 12:15 12:40  
15:00 15:05 15:10 15:15 15:20 15:25 15:40  
16:00 16:35 16:30 16:25 16:20 16:15 16:40  
17:00 17:05 17:10 17:15 17:20 17:25 17:40  
18:00 18:35 18:30 18:25 18:20 18:15 18:40 
 
Ferry Fares & Modes of Payments 
You can use tokens, tickets or Transport Pass, or pay cash (by exact change) in ferries. The pass is convenient and gives you unlimited hop on & off access to both buses and ferries. You can buy the passes or tokens at Hamilton ferry or bus terminals, designated Visitors Information Centers etc. Tickets are available only in post offices and the main ferry and bus terminals in Hamilton. Check out Bermuda Passes, Tickets, Tokens and Fares to know about all the mode of payments, fares, what may be the best option for you, places where you can get them, and other useful information. 
 
Handicap (Wheelchair) Access in Ferries 
While most ferries are wheelchair accessible (lower deck only), unfortunately not all ferry points or docks have proper ramps for wheelchairs. Ferry docks that are wheelchair accessible includes Hamilton, Dockyard (i.e. ferry dock for Kings Wharf), Rockaway in Southampton and only limited size wheelchairs at St. George. 
 
Hamilton Ferry Terminal 
Located at the western end of Front Street next to HSBC Bank. 
Open Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 8:00pm; Saturday: 7:30am - 6pm; Sunday & Holidays: 8:30am - 6:00pm 
Contact 441/295-4506 for further information on Bermuda ferry services. 
 
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments 
 
Eris (July 2015) 
I read on another site that Tickets for 3 and 14 Zones sold in Booklets of 15 are honored on buses only. Is this true? We can't use these tickets on ferries? Thanks. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2015) 
If you go through the official ferry schedule, under 'Fare Information' you can see that ticket fares are also mentioned for ferries along with passes and tokens. So tickets are accepted in ferries as well. 14-zone tickets are applicable for all but Pink route and 3-zone ticket for Pink route. 
 
Melinda Lang (April 2015) 
Is there a ferry stop at/near the Somerset Bridge? I have seen designation on several maps and then not on others. I am wondering if some of the maps I am looking at are outdated. If there is still a ferry that services Somerset Bridge what is the routing, please. Does it go to Dockyard or to Hamilton? I will be in Bermuda May 16-20. Thank you! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2015) 
Hi, Ferry dock nearest to Somerset Bridge is Cavello Bay (in Somerset area, Sandys). The ferry goes to Hamilton via Watford Bridge ferry dock or Rockway depending on time. 
 
Lisa Shire (April 2015) 
My family, along with my parents, will be traveling to your beautiful island in May via the Celebrity Summit. My question is, my parents are in their late seventies/early eighties: 1) how far of a walk is the ferry dock from the Summit, 2) the ferry dock to the center of Hamilton, and 3) the ferry dock to the center of St. George? Also, is an Orange Schedule going to be available soon? Lastly, if we plan on two days of ferry riding--one day to St. George and the other to Hamilton--we should buy a 15 ride 14 zone booklet, is that correct? Thank you so much for your insight, I really do appreciate it! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2015) 
Hi, Ferry dock at the dockyard is only 4-5 minutes walk from the cruise pier. Ferry to Hamilton takes 20 minutes and St George 35 minutes. Orange ferry schedule should get published soon, certainly well within April. Yes you will need 14-zone tickets for both rides, so buy a booklet of 15 tickets of 14-zone rides. Note that one ticket can be used for a one-way ride only. So calculate the total number of tickets you require for your group and accordingly buy the booklets. 
 
Lisa Shire (April 2015) 
Hi Raj, Thank you so much for the info. Would you please let me know the walking distance once we get off the ferry in both Hamilton and St. George to where the main action/sites are. This information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much and we look forward to our visit! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2015) 
In Hamilton, the Ferry Terminal is on Front Street which is the heart of the city. As you come out of the ferry dock, you will be right where all actions are... just cross over to the other side of street and walk along ... lot's of shops, restaurants and bars. In St. George as well, come out of the ferry dock, walk over the short bridge and you are right at Kings Square which is the town square of St. George. 
 
Robert Smith (January 2015) 
Need to know if the schedule for the Orange ferry route is published yet. We arrive by cruise ship on April 24th and your schedule states that the new route times will be published in April. Can you help. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, January 2015) 
Hi, 2015 summer ferry schedule has not been published yet. It's likely to be published only in April. And this is the problem with Bermuda's Marine & Ports Department. They fail to understand that unless they publish the schedule well in advance, tourists can't plan their vacation. Just to give you some ideas on the Orange ferry based on schedules of previous years, the ferry runs on Monday-Friday. It makes 3 or 4 round trips from Dockyard to St George depending on the day of the week. Last year it started operating from April 28th. So unless they start earlier this year, you can not perhaps plan on it. In that case, take the blue ferry to Hamilton (20 minutes) an then a bus (#10 or 11, 50 minutes) to St George. In case you are able to get the orange ferry, here are the timings of last year: Mon/Wed/Thu: Leaves dockyard at 9:30/11:30/2:00/4:30; Returns 10:30/1:00/3:30/5:30; Tue/Fri: 9:15/11:15/1:15; Returns 10:15/12:15/2:15. The orange ferry timings remained more or less the same over the past few years. 
 
Catherine (September 2013) 
My mom and I dock on RC Grandeur Of The Seas at Dock Yard 3pm (November 4). We would like to Ferry to St George early next morning, but I see no schedules as of yet. Do you know when they might be posted. Also, it looks like the cost to take a scooter on certain ferries is about $4.00 one way, plus the per person charge. Is that accurate? Thank you. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2013) 
Hi, Winter ferry schedule (starting November 4, 2013) is likely to be posted by October week 4. But note that Orange Route Ferry between Dockyard and St George does not usually ply in winter and you won't get one after November 3rd. If you buy a transport pass, then there is no extra charge to take a scooter on ferry, otherwise you pay an additional cost of $4 one way. 
 
Stacey Koleba (September 2013) 
Love your website. My husband and I will be coming in on the Breakaway on October 2 and are wondering if there is any ferry service from the dockyard to Waterford Bridge as we are renting pedal bikes and would like a safe way to get to the start of the railway in Somerset. Many thanks. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2013) 
Hi, There is no direct ferry between Dockyard and Watford Bridge. There is no problem as such biking up to the railway trail point from dockyard. Just keep to left. 
 
Suzy Benjamin (August 2013) 
Hello, We are on Oceania's regatta , will be in St George Nov 1st & 2nd, 2013.A group of us would like to take a Ferry Tour. What is the schedule, for how long, & how much. We have not been in Bermuda for over 50, years & look forward to our visit. Thank you 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2013) 
2013 summer schedule for ferry ends on November 3rd. So you are  lucky that you will just about get the regular ferry services. However, from St George only one ferry route (Orange Route) operates and it runs between Dockyard and St George. 1st Nov is a Friday, and the Orange route ferry timings from St George are 10:15, 12:15 and 2:15. There is no ferry on Saturday (2nd Nov) or Sunday from St George. It takes 35 minutes to reach dockyard (west end) from St George. From the dockyard you can take the Blue Route ferry to reach Hamilton City (20 minutes). If you are looking for a sightseeing tour on a boat, then visit Bermuda Boat Tours 
 
Dennis Doty (July 2013) 
We will be in Bermuda next April 10 and 11. Will the ferry's be on summer or winter schedule then? I am guessing they go on summer the start of that week but not sure. Thanks 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2013) 
This year (2013) the summer ferry schedule started effective April 15th, last year from April 16. So likely it'll be on winter schedule when you arrive. 
 
Pam (May 2013) 
We will be in Bermuda on June 29, 2013 aboard the Explorer of the Seas. Will there be ferry service to St George? When we were there several years ago the printed ferry schedule did not show service on the weekends, however, we were pleasantly surprised to find ferries running for the cruise ships. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2013) 
Yes there will be ferry service to St George (Orange Route) but only 3-4 round trips a day and no scheduled service on week ends. 
 
John Friesen (March 2013) 
Hi, we will be in Bermuda on April 9th, 10th, and 11th, and am wondering if this is the winter schedule or summer schedule? We are on a cruise ship, and want to purchase a 3 day pass. Can we do this on line, or do we have to wait till we get to Bermuda? Thanks 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, March 2013) 
Hi, Summer ferry schedule starts from 8th April in 2013. So it'll be summer schedule for you which is not yet published. You can't purchase the passes online. They are sold only in Bermuda. 
 
Joan Ferretti (January 2013) 
Is the ferry wheelchair accessible? Is there a restroom aboard? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, January 2013) 
Hi, the lower decks of the fast ferries (catamarans) are wheel chair accessible. However only the Hamilton Ferry Terminal, Dockyard & Rockaway (Southampton) ferry docks have proper wheel chair access to the ferries, the other ferry docks have risks associated while boarding on a wheel chair. Ferries have restrooms/ bathrooms. The main ferry terminals like Hamilton, Dockyard and St. George also have washrooms. Regards, 
 
Mary Anne Edwards (September 2012) 
Hello, Do the ferries and buses run 24 hours a day seven days a week? We are arriving by cruise ship at King's Wharf. We want to go to the Hog Penny in Hamilton for dinner at 7:00. We would like to go both ways by ferry. Is that possible? Thank you for you help. Best regards, 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2012) 
Hi Mary, Ferries operate all through the week but less frequently on the week ends. However they ply for certain hours between morning to evening. The current summer ferry schedule is valid from April 16 to November 4, after which the winter schedule starts and the ferries become far less frequent. Presently the last ferry from Hamilton to dockyard is at 8:30pm, and the last one from dockyard to Hamilton is at 9pm. 
 
I suggest that you visit Bermuda Ferry Schedule and down load the PDF file from the government ferry site that has detailed ferry timings for all routes. Also note that for bus schedule, visit Bermuda Bus Schedule & Info 
 
Update April 2013: The recent summer ferry schedule has last ferry from Hamilton to dockyard at 9:30pm (Blue Route) and starts back from dockyard at 10pm during the week days. On Saturday, Sundays and public holidays, operation ceases much earlier. 
 
Jim Steff (June 2012) 
Hi there, my wife, son and I are docking at Kings Wharf on the NCL Dawn on Sunday, June 17th. We would like to go to Saint George that same day. From the information that I have read it is not clear that there is Ferry Service that day. Is that right? If there is no Ferry service do you have a suggestion for the best way to get to Saint George on Sunday. thanks, Jim 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2012 
Hi Jim, The Ferry (Orange Route) that connects Dockyard (Kings Wharf) with St. George operates from Monday to Friday. So on a weekend, your best option is to take a ferry to Hamilton City (Blue Route which takes 20 minutes) and then take a bus (#1, 3, 10 or 11, about 1 hour). Note: bus routes #10, 11 to St. George are shorter. Also note that the ferry services on weekends are limited. The last ferry from Hamilton for dockyard leaves at 6pm on Sunday. So check out the timings at a ferry stop before planning your day. 
 
 
 
 
 
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