Hop On & Hop Off Beach Minibus
For St. George & St. Davids
Several minibus services operate in summer on different routes and looping through several attractions including beaches and historical buildings, churches and forts. One such service is around the fringes of St. George while the other is to St. Davids island, both at the eastern end of Bermuda. This is not a guided tour, but once you buy a day ticket, you can hop on and hop off at any stop along the route and visit the places.
The bus services have been introduced by local businessmen who are mostly tour and activity operators and in collaboration with Bermuda Tourism Authority. St. David's was practically cut off due to lack of adequate public transportation and the beaches of St. George's either required tedious walks or taxi service. These minibus services are aimed to bridge those gaps and as expected, lot many tourists and islanders are now visiting this part of the island. These shuttles are known as Beach Buses.
UPDATE JULY 2020
: As part of the 'New Normal' guidelines due to Covid-19 Pandemic, several changes have been imposed on the use of Minibus and vans. For example, minibuses can use a maximum of up to 50% of the capacity, passengers must wear masks, etc. Read these guidelines
apart from the overall guidelines of 'New Normal' as stated in Bermuda Government's website.
St. George's Beach Bus - Route, Attractions, Schedule, Tickets
This minibus service operates daily between 10am to 6pm and every 30 minutes. Buy a day ticket and you can hop on and hop off along its circular route for the whole day. Day Tickets are available at Visitors Information Center at Kings Square, St. George. Ticket costs $6.
The circular loop covers the following points (the entire loop takes about 30 minutes):
1) Penno's Wharf (Ferry Terminal): This is mainly to pick up and drop tourists visiting St. George by ferry from dockyard. It is located at the western end of Water Street and short distance from the town square.
2) Kings Square
which is the town center of St. George with several attractions, restaurants and stores. From here the bus takes the Government Hill road.
3) The Unfinished Church
on top of the hill (on Government Hill Road) whose construction could not be completed. Its ruins are now part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4) Tobacco Bay Beach
- one of the most popular beaches in Bermuda hosting a Beach House (beach bar and restaurant), range of water sport activities and rentals, changing facilities and restrooms etc.
5) Next is the nearby Achilles Bay beach
(a small lovely beach with a restaurant - The Beach House) and Bermuda's largest historical fort which is also a museum - St. Catherine's Fort
. Right adjacent to the fort is another lovely beach known as St. Catherine's beach or Gates bay. From here the bus takes the scenic Barry road.
7) Gates Fort
on Cut Road - another historical fort built by the British in 1612.
8) St. George's Dinghy Club and opposite to it the watersports operator Just Add Water
. Then back to Kings Square and Penno's Wharf.
St. David's Beach Bus - Attractions, Route, Tickets
This is the second minibus service at the eastern end of Bermuda. It starts from Kings Square and covers the following places (you can hop on / hop off or simply ride by):
You can get tickets from Visitors Information Center at Kings Square.
Round trip ticket costs $12 per adult (children under 12 are free).
Update June 2018
The beach Minibus service taking a circular route through beaches and forts in St. George is no longer in operation. There are however minibus services from Kings Square to Tobacco Bay Beach (Achille's Bay Beach and Fort St. Catherine are within short walking distance from Tobacco Bay)
Address: 32 Water Street, St. George. Phone: (441) 707 5000
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Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Sharon (June 2018)
Hello there! Your work is outstanding. Thank you for putting everything in one easy to find website. We are planning to use the Beach Bus to see all the beaches in the St George's area while visiting July 2018. I've seen some posts elsewhere that the bus is no longer running. Is this true? Also does it run on a loop Tobacco bay beach through to Alexandra battery then back to St George's? We were hoping to use it as a hop on/hop off route. Many thanks for your time!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2018
Hi, the earlier beach bus that made a loop through all the beaches and forts in St. George has been discontinued. However you can get a minibus from Penno's Wharf (ferry dock) or Kings Square to Tobacco bay beach. Achille's bay beach is close to it, so you can easily walk down.