Bermuda Train Trolley Tours
Don't confuse this with a ride on a Bermuda railways train which doesn't even exist. This is a trolley car ride, that looks like a train having wheels and runs on road. It gives an opportunity to experience the era of British empire in an old fashion way. If you want to know why there is no Railways in Bermuda today and what happened to it, check out Bermuda Railway Trail
Separate train tours operate in different parts of Bermuda. The St George's train tour is operated by the company Olde Towne Railway, a business established by the Minors family of Bermuda. It's in operation since 2005.
The Train trolley rides in Dockyard and Hamilton are operated by the Bermuda Train Company. The tours are usually of about 60 minutes duration and provide narratives of historical facts of various places that you pass by. The tours are usually available from April through November. The train accommodates about 40 passengers.
Train Trolley Tour in St George Bermuda
As you come out of the ferry terminal in St George and walk towards the town center Kings Square, you will see signs for "Train Tickets". The ride takes you along the narrow streets of the historic town of St George, then takes the uphill road past the famous Fort St Catherine
, goes past the beautiful Tobacco Bay Beach
, and then comes downhill passing the Unfinished Church
Some of the other attractions covered in the tour are:
2) Town Hall
: Built in 1782, this is where the mayor and the town council meet to discuss and take administrative decisions.
3) Old State House
: This is the oldest stone building in the island built in 1620. This is where the cabinet sessions were held until 1815 after which the capital of Bermuda was shifted to Hamilton.
4) Somer's Garden
: This garden with flowers and trees is named after Admiral Sir George Somers who initiated the first settlement in Bermuda.
You can board the train near the sculpture of Sir George Somers. The ride is for about 60 minutes. There is audio narration all through (by the conductor) and you will learn a lot about Bermuda's history, fortifications in St George and the British settlement in the island. At the end of the tour, you will get to understand why St George has been accorded the status of 'World Heritage Site' by UNESCO.
Tickets (indicative): $25 per adult and $12 for children (available at Kings Square, St George)
Hours: The train trolley tour in St George operates from Monday through Thursday.
You can also book the trolley for private parties and occasions.
Olde Towne Railway
Office: 7 Bridge Street, St George, Bermuda
Update July 2013: The ticket counter location has changed and you can now pickup tickets at Kings Square, St George.
Train Trolley tour in Dockyard, Bermuda
A red & green train is offered for excursions in and around the Dockyard. The train goes out of dockyard complex and returns. The ttrain trolley tour usually starts from the Heritage Wharf cruise pier area. Sites covered in this tour includes:
1) Pass by the Maritime Museum
(now the National Museum of Bermuda) and also the Clock Tower Mall that has an array of boutique shops.
2) Lagoon Park in Sandys: A home to yellow-crowned night herons that roost in the mangroves.
4) The Clock Tower Building
: It was built in 1875 and initially contained the naval store offices. Today it's a shopping mall with a wide range of boutique stores.
As you sit back and relax, there is a running audio commentary that tells you about the old Royal Naval Hospital and how it dealt with the yellow fever epidemic, how the Royal Navy purchased the dockyard in 1809, and about the island's largest fort The Keep which is located in the dockyard complex.
Contacts for Booking & Inquiry
There is also a 20-minute free loop offered in a train trolley within the dockyard that starts from the Kings wharf cruise terminal and comes back. You can hop-on and hop-off at several points within the dockyard complex. This train is operated by the Dockyard management and not this company.
Train Trolley tour of Hamilton, Bermuda
This 40-minute tour on this Blue train usually starts from the Flagpole at Front Street. From Front street it enter Queens street and then Church street. It then heads to East Broadway via King Street passing by Fort Hamilton. From here it goes to Botanical Gardens in Paget. Then it returns to Hamilton at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute where passengers are dropped for 30 minute self guided tour of the institute before returning to the starting point at Front street. Sites covered include:
1) Perot's Post Office
: This is where the first Post Master General of Bermuda worked who often hand delivered the mails himself.
2) National Library
: The library has collection of rare books among many others as well as rich collection of audio & video.
3) City Hall & Art Center
: It houses City Hall Theatre, Corporation of Bermuda, National Gallery, and also Society of Arts.
5) Supreme Court: Highest court of law in the island.
6) Botanical Gardens
: Look out for the beautiful flowers, banana patches, the rubber tree and Bermuda’s own cedars and palmetto. The train briefly stops at the Camden House (Premier's official residence).
There is a running audio commentary given during the tour. As you pass by various landmarks and attractions, you will learn many things including about Fort Hamilton
and its panoramic views, the way Bermudians catch and preserve water, build their roofs and why they paint them white.
Tickets (indicative): $24 per adult ($39 including pass to BUEI), $15 for children ($23 including pass to BUEI), children under 6 are free.
Hours: The train trolley tour in Hamilton operates from Monday through Friday.
Bermuda Train Company also offers the mini train for special events like weddings, anniversary, parties and other occasions. So you can make a private booking and transport all your guests in a novel and enjoyable way through the scenic routes of Bermuda.
Contacts for Booking & Inquiry
2) Bermuda Tours
: Many other great tours & excursions in Bermuda.
Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Roy and Mary Lydon (August 2017)
We took this tour on Monday, July 31 and we found the tour driver Charlie and the spokesman Marian to be very cross and irritable to all the riders... they obviously have been at this too long... their narration was stale and Marian's voice was very whiney and annoying... they fussed so much about a handicapped customer and could not or would not accommodate the wheelchair for them, so they got off. They also told people that they would be back at the BUIE in an hour for the 2nd part of the tour... they came back at 45 minutes and rushed everyone out... this is definitely not for kids... BORING and not entertaining for them..Get rid of these elderly folks and freshen up what could be a great time.
Cal Perkins (September 2013)
This September I arrived at the Royal Dockyard while on a NCL cruise on the "DAWN". A new trolley tour took us on an hour tour of Ireland Island and Somerset Village. This $15 tour was most enjoyable and was not as expensive as the tours offered by NCL. The train driver "Bud" was also the owner and went out of his way to see that all our questions were answered. I would rate this as a 5 star trip.
Erika Reed (August 2013)
Dear Raj, Our question is, Do you still know if the Hamilton Trolley Tour still operates in Hamilton ?? I did go to their site and it looks like you can book , but there are no prices listed but yet a form to input my info and credit card ???? Thanks E :)
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) August 2013
Hi Erika, The train trolley tour still operates in Dockyard and St George. I need to check for Hamilton though. The St. George's tour is by far the best of the three. No need to buy tickets in advance. There is a ticket counter close to the Ferry Dock at St George. The one hour ride showing the historic town, fort and beaches costs $25 per person. I have seen Bermuda Train Company's website and the booking form. It does look a bit suspicious. As I said, no need to book in advance.
Update from Bermuda Train Company - August 2013
The train is running in both Hamilton and Dockyard. This season the Dockyard train is now booked through the ship. We can offer tours separately however the timing and availability varies. We don’t know how many tours are booked until the night before the ship arrives in port. The rate $55 and $26.50 for children 12 and under. The Hamilton Train is available for booking as we have not contracted with a ship this season. The 1 ½ tour rate is $35 per person, $15 per child 12 and under. This Tour includes entrance into the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Erika Reed (August 2013)
Good morning from Canada, Thank you for your reply and I think you will find this very interesting. I just received an email back from the site "Oleander Cycles", and I was told they do not do private tours anymore and that you have to book directly from the cruise ship. They told me they do have a trolley in the Naval Dockyard but do not know price as the cruise ship dictates prices ???
Wow good thing I did not just book from their site and give out my credit card for nothing, (I would'nt have anyway :) I think they need to update their site for us cruise passengers lol!! I did look at the excursions on the Breakaway and there is not one for Hamilton Train Trolley :(
This year our day in St. George we are planning on visiting the fort and having a swim. Last year we walked around and did a self guided tour of the historical buildings , thanks to your site :) We have also planned our last day in the Naval Dockyard. It was just our day in Hamilton we were unsure of. We are not sure we would be able to get to all the historical buildings of interests by walking ? We are not shoppers and only went to Hamilton last year via the ferry and then walked to the buses to go on our self guided tour of the caves, The Swizzle Inn and then Horseshoe Bay !! We had a beautiful time :)
Although we are disappointed about the Hamilton Trolley , we cannot wait to return to Bermuda in September , 43 days ..... but who's counting :)
Can the trolley tour of Hamilton be booked on line? I have tried to go into the Bermuda Trolley Train website but I cannot find anyway of doing it. I love that tour and will be coming down again on July 29th. Thanks for your help
Hi, Go to the website of Bermuda Train Company and you will find a big button saying "Book Your Train Online". That will lead you to a form which you can fill up and submit. If you have any problems, call them at 441/236-3130 or email [email protected]