Bermuda Taxi Tours

 
If you are in a small group of 4 to 7 persons or even just two of you, taxis in Bermuda can provide great options for private tours in the island. While there are quite a few guided minibus tours available in Bermuda, taxi tours can give you options in terms of choosing the specific attractions that you want to visit as well as time flexibility. On top of it, if you consider a per person rate, this could be a cheaper option compared to the organized private tours by vans or mini buses. Usually the private van or mini-bus tours have fixed routes and coverage, and operate on fixed timings unless you charter the whole minibus for your private group. Taxis that way give you a lot more flexibility. 
 
While you can take any taxi for a tour, ideally you should look for ones that have blue flags fluttering or a blue flag insignia on their bonnets. Then you know that the taxi driver is also a government certified tour guide of Bermuda. Such taxis are known as Blue Flag Taxis and the drivers are Blue Flag Certified Tour Guides. Their tour rates are the same as any other taxis which is fixed by the government. These taxi drivers usually have a wealth of knowledge about the island. They have successfully gone through the test and certification process of Government of Bermuda. 
 
 
 
Some of these drivers-cum-tour-guides have special areas of knowledge like history, art & architecture, flora & fauna, military/maritime history, etc. During the tour, the taxi driver will narrate lots of untold stories of the island, its history and many other local lore that you will love to hear. 
 
Taxis in Bermuda come in two sizes - the smaller ones can carry up to 4 passengers and the larger ones up to 7 passengers. Taxi tours operate by hourly rate. 
 
Some taxis in Bermuda are wheelchair accessible and are suitable for persons having physical challenges or disability. Taxi drivers in Bermuda are not allowed to charge any extra for the persons with disability. Some of such taxis may be suitable for electrical wheelchairs and some for manual, but usually not for both. 
 
Taxis will wait when you take time to visit an attraction or plan to take your lunch. However this waiting time will count as part of the total time for which you book the taxi. While having lunch or snacks during your tour, you can invite the driver to join you, although it's not necessary. But if you invite him, then a general courtesy would be to pay for his bills. 
 
Rates/Fares for Bermuda Taxi Tours 
The taxi tours take place on an hourly rate. You will need to book the taxi minimum for 3 hours. Typically island tours by taxis last for about 4 hours. 
 
Update May 2014: The taxi tour rates have been revised effective May 1, 2014. This is the first revision since December 2007. Up to 4 passengers, the rate is now $50 per hour (instead of earlier $40 per hour). For 5 to 7 passengers, the rate is $70 per hour (instead of earlier $55 per hour). Note that if a larger taxi agrees to carry 4 or less passengers for sightseeing tour, they should charge the lower rate (i.e. $50 per hour). This rate is fixed by the Government. The Blue Flag taxis should also charge the same. 
 
Unlike the case when you take metered taxis, the rates for taxi tours do not change even on Sundays or public holidays, or at night. The above rates are excluding gratuity or tips. A 15% tips is appropriate. You can also book a taxi for half-day or full day. But remember that the taxi drivers in Bermuda are all self employed. So they usually work based on their own convenience. 
 
 
 
Bermuda Taxi Tour Operators 
While you can get taxis (including Blue Flag Taxis) at the taxi stands like in Dockyard, but it is advisable to book one in advance in case you want to ensure the tour. Blue Flag Taxi drivers are usually busier than the others.  
 
Here are some of the popular taxi tour operators in Bermuda who have been serving the tourists since several years in the island and have made good names for themselves. 
 
Lewis Foggo 
He is the owner and operator of Reliable Taxi Services. He has had his taxi license since 1993 and has been driving part time up until 2001, and full time ever since. He specializes in island tours of Bermuda, and also offers services for corporate, weddings, parties and street pick-ups. Lewis is a Bermuda Government certified Blue Flag Tour Guide. He is my personal favorite, but that's no reason that you too should like him. 
 
Email: lewis_foggo@hotmail.com or Call: 441/704-2109 
 
Millard Lightbourne of Mills Taxi Service 
Millard, known as Mills, has over 50 years of experience in the tourism industry. He worked in the 5-Star Elbow Beach Hotel in Paget for 55 years before retiring as the Assistant Chief Engineer. However he has also been a certified Tourist Guide and a driver since many years. Very well behaved, polite and having awesome knowledge of the island and its flora & fauna, Mills is one of the great drivers in the island for taxi tours. 
 
Phone: (441) 238 5690; Email: millarda@northrock.bm  
 
Quinton Binns  
A very knowledgeable and reputed taxi driver in Bermuda and based in Hamilton city. 
Address: The Glebe Road, Hamilton, Pembroke Parish. Phone: 441/297-0749 
 
 
 
Access Bermuda (For physically handicapped) 
Keith Simmons of Access Bermuda organizes tours and airport pickups for people with disability or special needs. He has a custom built van with side entrance and an attachable ramp to make it easily wheelchair accessible. This purpose built vehicle also has auxiliary services for ventilators and recharging of electric wheelchairs. 
 
He operates several sightseeing tours including a 3 hour east end tours of the island, 3 hour scenic west end tour, and 5 hour full island tour with certified blue flag tour guides. All tours start and end at the Visitors Center near Hamilton Ferry Terminal. On request, he can also organize glass bottom boat tours for the physically challenged. 
 
Address: 1 Loyal Hill, Devonshire. Phone: (441)295-9106; Email: keithsimmons@logic.bm 
 
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments 
 
John Draper (August 2015) 
My wife and I returned to Bermuda June 16-22, 2015 for our first visit since 1988. As a former resident of Bermuda, this was a nostalgic trip down memory lane to show my sister-in-law and her 3 daughters, along with her 2 sisters and cousin, where her recently deceased husband (also my brother, Colin) had grown up. Per your website recommendation, we selected Lewis Foggo to drive their party of 7 ladies on a 5 hour taxi tour of Bermuda on my brother's birthday, June 18, with my wife and I trailing behind on a motor scooter. As Lewis had promised, it was a Bermudaful experience. He was professional, knowledgeable, good humoured and a real gentleman. Our 7 ladies loved him. We would recommend Lewis Foggo absolutely to anyone contemplating taking a taxi tour of Bermuda.. John & Cyndia D. 
 
Carol Blecker (July 2015) 
Took a tour with a blue taxi driver, 4 hours to get to St George's. Some great stops but not all I expected. Should have been done in 2 or 3 hours. Finally told him wanted to be in St George's for lunch by 1, which he stretched to 130. Cash only no credit cards. If I ever do this again would  tell him how long I want to tour, what I want to see. 2 stops were resorts, which I'm sure they gave him a perk to take us there. Stop at a store for bread to feed the fish, he should have done that on his time not ours. Drove 30 mph. I'm sure if we had not stopped him we would have had an  8 hr + ride. I'm sure he expected a tip and I felt like we had been taken for an extra hour($50), so no extra. 
 
Jim Hartman (June 2015) 
Sailing on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas we docked in Bermuda 6/20/15. It was our first trip to Bermuda. Four of us (my wife, mother-in-law and sister-in-law) had made arrangements for a taxi tour of Bermuda with Lewis Foggo. Lewis was in London when we arrived but he arranged for another driver, Jerry Smith, to take us.  Jerry was great! He provided an outstanding tour of the island taking us places where no bus would go. After spending 4 hours with Jerry our desire is to return to Bermuda for a week. 
 
Keith Andrews (May 2015) 
On the quay at Bermuda we received a warm introduction to Millard Lightbourne of Mills Taxi Service - he made us so welcome and made our tour of the island so interesting. His knowledge of the island history & its plant life was amazing. He met our every need in a most pleasant manner-we had 3.5 hours of his time @150 dollars - he provided real value for money. I have no hesitation in recommending his services. I have told my tour operator to phone him -- she arranges very personal tours & Millard fits that description to the word. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2015): When I asked Keith how did he find Milliard, this is what he said: 
 
Keith Andrews (May 2015) 
Hello Raj - We simply came off the Norwegian Breakaway looking for a taxi tour of the island - within 50 yards there was Millard with his company board in his hand & a friendly smile. We told him what we would like to do, he explained the Island policy on taxi fares & off we went. He was so good other taxi drivers were asking him questions to help their clients at the stopping points 
 
Karl Davis (May 2015) 
The driver Terrence St P. Smith not only took the longest way around ..from Dockyard to Hamilton.....but slammed our favorite restaurant.....hyping up Ascots. This man talked non stop about how we needed to take a tour. Our party of 6 were very intimidated by him..... Shame on you guys.  
 
Bob Briggs (October 2014) 
My finance and I had a awesome tour of Bermuda with Lewis Foggo.  He  seemed to tailor the tour as we went and showed us some things that I believe few other tourist would see.  He is highly recommended by us and  hope we can travel to Bermuda again in the next few years.  
 
Felix Nieves (September 2014) 
Raj, I contacted Lewis Foggo for a tour, he was great. He took my wife, daugther  and myself, On a wonderful 5 hour tour of this beautiful island. He asked questions of what we were interested in and curtailed the tour to those interests. I highly recommend his tour to anybody who wishes to visit the  island. Thank you for your review, that let us to Lewis. 
 
Larry Marro (March 2014) 
Your webpage says that the rate for taxi tours is fixed by the government and mentioned in an update dated August 2013 that the taxi tour rates are currently under discussion with the government of Bermuda and may get revised. Do you know if the rate changed and if so, what is it now? I emailed a taxi tour service and was told the rate for 3 people is $65 an hour. You listed a rate for 1-4 people at $40. Is the rate I was given the new revised rate? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2014 
No change yet. Private tour operators can ask for higher rates. If you take a taxi from the stand (i.e. from taxi rank), then they should charge the same rate as mentioned. Sometimes the Certified Blue Flag taxi drivers ask for a higher rate since they are also qualified guide. 
 
Hong 
Hi Raj, we took your recommendation and scheduled a taxi service for our fist day there. He would take us around Bermuda (as a tour) for about 4 to 5 hours. Can you tell us several points of interest that we should stop to see, such as restaurant, remote cities, beaches, etc., where it's not too touristy. Thank you very much. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) 
If you plan to tour around Bermuda in high season while trying to avoid the rush of tourists, here is a suggested taxi tour: Touring Bermuda while dodging tourists 
 
 
 
 
Bermuda Taxi Tours Reviewed by Raj Bhattacharya Rating: 4.5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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