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There is no scarcity of taxis in Bermuda. Taxis are either cars or small mini-van type vehicles. Depending on its size, the capacity could be 4 to 6 persons. Some taxis can be wheel chair accessible as well. There is no separate charge for persons with wheelchairs. As per the driving law in Bermuda, persons on front seat are required to put on seat belts. However seat belts are not mandatory for people sitting at the back. The kids are safest at the back seats.
While taxis in Bermuda aren't cheap, they provide lots of flexibility in travelling around the island. Unless you book a shuttle transfer, taxis are the best option for traveling to and from the Airport, and also in the nighttime when other public transports like buses & ferries cease to operate or their service get reduced.
However note that it may not be always easy to get taxis on Saturday evenings, Sundays and public holidays. All taxi drivers in Bermuda are self employed and therefore they work independently as & when they like to. Although not common, at some instances you may find that a driver not wanting to go short distances while another one not ready to drive for long.
Current Bermuda Taxi Fares / Rates
Taxis in Bermuda aren't cheap by any means although very convenient.
Current Bermuda Taxi Fare, efective May 2014
Update May 2014: Effective May 1st 2014, the taxi fares have been increased by 25%. Although a steep increase, this is the first raise since December 2007. However the first 5 minutes wait time remains free as before. But each subsequent 3 minutes wait time increases from $1.30 to $1.60. The larger taxi vehicles which were earlier allowed to carry 6 passengers, can now carry up to 7 passengers. Taxis are now allowed to display advertisements to make extra earnings. Taxi fare for sightseeing tour has also been revised to $50 per hour for smaller taxis (up to 4 passengers) and $70 per hour for larger taxis (carrying 5 to 7 passengers).
So how much should you expect to spend when you take a taxi?
So If you travel for 10 miles, you will end up paying
$5.15 + 10 x $2.75 = $32.65 in a 4-passenger taxi; and
$6.45 + 10 x $3.50 = $41.45 in a 7-passenger taxi
Tips: 15% Tips on the total fare is appropriate.
The above rates are the normal or standard rates which are applicable for Monday through Saturday and between 6am to midnight. For 4-passenger taxis, an additional surcharge of 25% is added between 00:00 - 06:00 hours as well as all time on Sundays and Public Holidays. For 7-passenger vehicle this additional surcharge is 50% of the normal fare. Luggage in the boot costs extra ($1 per item).
Approximate Taxi Fares Between Places
Following are approximate fares between some important places for a 4-passenger taxi (note that fares for a larger taxi with 6-passenger capacity will be higher)
Between Hamilton City and the Airport: $43
Between Hamilton City and St. George's Town: $50
Between Hamilton City and Southampton beaches (like Horseshoe Bay Beach): $31
Between Airport to a hotel in Southampton: $56
Between Kings Wharf (Dockyard) and Hamilton City: $56
Taxi Stands in Bermuda
Taxi stands in Bermuda are also known as 'Ranks'. You will find taxis waiting at various places. There are taxi stands in the Hamilton City (Front street and Church street), Kings Square (the main town center in St George), Dockyard (near Kings Wharf cruise pier), Airport etc. Many major hotels also have taxis waiting. You will also find taxis at popular tourist places like the Horseshoe Bay Beach (but not always). However all hotels and restaurants will call a taxi for you.
Popular Taxi services in Bermuda
Unless you take a taxi from a taxi stand like in the dockyard, Hamilton city or airport, you will need to call for a taxi from an operator. Here are the most popular and credible taxi service operators in the island:
Bermuda Island Taxi
They are a large operation (earlier known as Bermuda Radio Cabs) and in business for over 40 years. They have over 200 air-conditioned cabs of their own and access to over 400 cabs of different types in their network including wheelchair accessible taxis. They offer airport transfers, daily pick up & drops, sightseeing tours, dine around tours, customized service etc. Their main office is in Hamilton City. They also have operations in St George and Clearwater beach area (at St Davids).
Address: P.O. Box HM 2252, Hamilton HM JX
Phone: (441) 295-4141; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BTA (Dispatching) Ltd.
This company is in operation since 2006 and today they have a fleet of over 420 taxis in their network. They use a GPS based advance taxi dispatching system. The company's office is located at the airport in St George's Parish. They too offer services including airport transfers, general & leisure travel, dining & island tours etc. They have wheelchair accessible taxis.
Address: L. F. Wade International Airport, No 3 Cahow Way, St. George's
Phone: 441-296-2121 (call center 24/7); 441-294-3772 (airport office)
B.I.U. Taxi Co-op Transportation
40 Union Street, Hamilton, Phone:441/292-4476
Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Bermuda
Both BTA Dispatching Ltd and Bermuda Island Taxi services that I mentioned above provide wheelchair accessible taxis. The following are specialized taxi services on handicap travel.
1) Access Bermuda: This small operation is owned by Keith Simmons. He has a custom made van which has a side entrance with a ramp for easy wheel chair or handicap scooter access. 1 Loyal Hill, Devonshire, Bermuda.
Phone: (441)295-9106. Email: email@example.com
2) Here is another wheelchair accessible taxi contact. It's run by a very knowledgeable man who is also a Blue Flag certified tour guide: Renalda Bean, 37 Dunscombe Road, Warwick, Bermuda. Phone: (441) 236-9601; (441) 334-8835
3) You can also contact Vince Minors (Phone: 441/337-2438) or Disabled Transit (Phone: 441/505-9106) to know about services and rates for wheel chair accessible taxis.
You will find a lot of Bermuda Taxi contacts in the phone book as well. You can also ask your hotel concierge for the one nearest to you.
Bermuda Taxi Tours
Since car rentals are not available in Bermuda, one of the great options for touring the island in a small private group of 4 to 7 is by taxi. And some of the taxi drivers in Bermuda are government certified tour guides. They are known as Blue Flag certified taxi drivers and their taxis would have a small blue flag fluttering in front of the bonnet. Taxi tours are charged by the hour. Check out Bermuda Taxi Tours for details.
For airport transfers, check out Bermuda Airport Shuttles. AND, for your return flight, keep in mind that the taxi in general is likely to be 15 minutes late in picking you up. It's kind of "Bermuda Time", as they say.
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