Last Updated: September 30, 2017 

Bermuda Local Transportation

 
 
About Transports in Bermuda 
Bermuda offers a number of public transportation modes including bus, ferry, taxi, mini bus etc to get around the island. The most popular are the government operated public bus and ferry services. You can also rent a scooter, motor bike or a bicycle and be on your own. Car rental is however not possible in Bermuda
 
While ferry docks are limited and connect several important points in the island, the ferry service (known as SeaExpress) is fast and allows one to get across to a place very quickly and comfortably. Most ferries are fast catamarans and have air-conditioned cabins as well as open deck. 
 
 
 
The pink public buses (known as Breeze bus) on the other hand have extensive network. Bus services let you reach out to virtually every corner of the island. The service is efficient, frequent and quite fast. All public buses in Bermuda are also air-conditioned and comfortable. 
 
Taxi service is also quite efficient and popular in the island. Although expensive, it provides lots of flexibility and privacy. In fact for airport transfers and even local island tours, taxis are the widely used mode of transport. 
 
The minibus services (most are privately run) are quite convenient for shuttle transfers between places that are not served by regular buses. Several island group tours are also offered in minibuses which operate in per person rates. 
 
If you are confident and can manage left hand drive, you can also rent a scooter and be on your own. This will give you great flexibility to explore the nooks &ácrannies of the island where public transports can not reach. You can also rent a bicycle. And in some places, even the old fashioned horse drawn carriage could be a great way to explore the island. 
 
Bus Service 
There are 11 bus routes in Bermuda and all except one operate from Hamilton City (Central Bus Terminal) connecting almost all corners of the island (including St. George, areas around Hamilton, and the west end Dockyard). There are bus zones (total 14 of them). Bus fares are of two types and that depend on the number of zones you travel (3-zone fare or all-zone fare). You can buy a transport pass for unlimited use of public bus services all across the island. 
 
 
 
Alternatively you can tender your bus fare by exact change in coins, or using a token or booklet of tickets. There are designated places in the island to buy passes, tokens, tickets etc like Visitors Information Centers (no tickets though), ferry &ábus terminals in Hamilton, Post Offices (only for ticket booklets) etc. You can not buy passes, tickets etc online. 
 
Bermuda Breeze Bus 
 
Frequency of bus service depends on the route and day of the week (lesser services at late evenings and also on week-ends and public holidays). All bus stops have a pole in front. A Blue pole means the bus is on its way out of Hamilton and a Pink pole means it's returning to Hamilton. The final destination is of course displayed in front. Visit Bermuda Bus Services &áSchedule for complete info on bus service including routes, timings and more. 
 
Ferry Service 
Fast catamarans serve most of ferry routes. There are four ferry routes in total (all identified by their own route colors). Two routes are heavily used by the cruise ship passengers docking at Kings or Heritage Wharf of Royal Naval Dockyard. They mostly use the Blue Route ferry to quickly transfer from dockyard to Hamilton in 20 minutes and the Orange Route to get across to St. George in just 35 minutes with lovely view of Hamilton harbor and north shore. 
 
 
 
The other two ferry routes connect various places in the island in Sandys, Southampton, Warwick, Paget etc and are mostly used by locals and office goers (as well as tourists putting up in hotels). 
 
But all ferry routes originate and return to Hamilton ferry terminal. And like buses you can use a pass, token, ticket or exact change to ride the ferry. Visit Bermuda Ferry Services and Schedule for full info on ferry service including routes, timings and more. 
 
Bermuda Ferry 
 
Taxi Service 
Taxis aren't cheap in Bermuda but convenient. For airport transfers, taxi is one of the best options. All taxis are metered. There are two types of taxis - 4 passenger and 7 passenger with different fare rates. While you can take a taxi for point to point travel within Bermuda, you can also hire one by the hour to get around the island - a taxi tour! 
 
Bermuda Taxi 
 
In fact many taxi drivers are certified tour guides and can double up as your tour guide for sightseeing. However a minimum of 3-hour booking is required for island tours by taxi. There are several taxi stands all across the island. You can reach a stand and take a taxi, or call one from a taxi company over the phone (your hotel or restaurant can help). Visit Taxi Service for fares, taxi stands and more info. 
 
Scooter Rentals 
Scooter is the easiest way to get around the island and in your own flexible time. Beware that it's left hand drive here and many roads are quite narrow and winding. You can easily rent scooters in Bermuda as a tourist and you do not need a license. You need to however show a Photo ID as age proof (minimum age of 18 years required to drive a scooter in Bermuda). And there are several scooter rental companies in the island. One at the dockyard is convenient for cruise passengers. Several others have outlets throughout the island including in Hamilton and St. George.  
 
 
 
You can rent a scooter for a day or several days, and even take the scooter on a ferry (except in few routes). All rental companies give you instructions, a practice session, required gears like helmet, basket with lock etc, full tank fuel which you need to refill when you return the scooter, and most offer breakdown services, scooter delivery/pick up at your location etc. 
 
Visit Bermuda Scooter Rentals for full info about rental companies, rates and other details. 
 
Minicar Rentals 
3 or 4-wheel battery operated miniature cars are now available on rent in Bermuda. They are available through various hotels. Charging points are also available in most such hotels as well as in several other places. Visitors who are not guests of such hotels can also rent the minicars by picking up the vehicle from the designated hotels with prior booking. 
 
Two persons can ride these all-electric eco-friendly tiny cars and get around the island at their own pace and flexible timing... so this is an excellent substitute for scooter rentals in case you are not comfortable riding a 2-wheeler in Bermuda. Know more about minicar rentals here 
 
Minibus &áVan Service 
Minibuses can be quite convenient and necessary when the public buses can not reach you to certain places or when they run full. There are several operators that offer minibus / van services in Bermuda where the rates are regulated by the government. 
 
These minibuses can usually seat up to 15 persons and vans lesser (no luggage allowed). They provide shuttle services and island tours both on per person rates and also on private charters. 
 
 
 
Some notable minibus services include the Beach Shuttles that operate from Royal Naval Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay Beach, another service in St. George is known as Beach Bus that takes you around the beaches and forts in that part of the island, and of course several small private operators who are drivers and owners themselves offer half or full day island sightseeing tours. 
 
Many such small operators also offer shuttle and transfer services between various points in the island. Check out Minibus &áMini Van Service for full info including services, routes, rates etc. 
 
Bicycle Rentals 
Renting bicycles or pedal bikes in Bermuda can give you all the mobility you need in the island. The 18km Bermuda Railway Trail is an excellent and probably the best cycling trail in the island which you can enter and exit at various points along the trail. 
 
Among several others, Dockyard, Paget and Hamilton have cycle rentals that are popular to tourists. Check out Bermuda Cycle Rentals for full info including rental companies, rates, great cycling trails etc. 
 
Horse Carriage 
A ride on a Horse drawn carriage in Bermuda can be one of the most romantic and lovely trips through the scenic roads or historic towns. There are single or double horse drawn carriages. You can hire it for 30 minutes, an hour or more. There are also set tours on horse carriages in dockyard, Hamilton and St. George. 
 
Visit Bermuda Horse Drawn Carriage to know about operators, locations, rates, nice rides etc. 
 
Bermuda Water Taxi (Update May 2013
A water taxi service has been launched which can accommodate up to 12 persons. A seat can be booked in advance, or if free one can hop in. It ferries passengers from Dockyard to Hamilton / St. George and back. This is a welcome alternative to the transport options that are currently available between dockyard and other places. In fact one can also charter the water taxi. 
 
A 10 minute one way trip to Hamilton costs $10 per person and a 25 minute trip to St. George is $25. Along the way the Captain offers a commentary to tourists and educating them about the island, its culture and history. The water taxi operates from 8am to 7pm daily. For further information and booking, call (441) 535 5555 or Email: [email protected] 
 
 
 
Related Articles 
 
1) Bus/Ferry Passes, Tickets and Tokens : Find out how to get Bermuda transport passes, tickets, tokens for bus &áferry, and the fares. 
 
 
3) Local Transport Forum: Questions and answers from travelers and experts related to transports in Bermuda. 
 
Visitors' Reviews &áComments 
 
Pat LaSalle (August 2017) 
Hi Raj, In July I saw a three wheel scooter/mini car parked in Hamilton. What do you know about them? Are they something new available for rent? As usual, thanks. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2017) 
Pat, the legislation on 3-wheel scooters for visitors came into effect only in April this year. So I would guess that the one you saw would be for trial. Expected by next year visitors should be able to freely rent them from the licensed rental companies. 
 
Update September 2017: Minicars are now available on rent through several hotels. This gives a great self-drive option to explore the island like with scooters but with much more safety features. Visit the section on Minicars in Bermuda for more details. 
 
Roxanne (August 2017) 
Hello ~ I am trying to figure out the most efficient way to travel on the island when we land there for out cruise. áWe have a family of 6 adults and 5 children. áWe will begin our travel from the Naval boat yard and plan to go to the beach in the morning for 3 days and go into Hamilton at least one of the evenings (we are still trying to figure out our plans for the other night). áShould we get a Pass, or buy a book of tickets? áAnd also, what is the ferry cost to go to Hamilton? áIs it the same cost as it would be to take the bus. áThank you! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2017) 
Hi, the bus/ferry tickets are available at Hamilton (bus &áferry terminals) and post offices, but not in dockyard. Depending on number of bus/ferry journeys you plan to undertake, you need to calculate between passes and tickets to figure out which would be more economical. Apparently from your plans it seems tickets would be the way to go for your group. An adult one-way fare from dockyard to Hamilton is $4.50 by token or $5 by cash (same fare for both ferry and bus, but ferry would be a lot faster). 
 
Nabeel (July 2017) 
I'm planning to visit Bermuda via cruise on a Monday and Tuesday in October. I'm travelling with a 3 year old and a 6 year old. I am wondering if buses and ferries are usually packed, if there's a preferable non-busy time during the day to travel on the bus, and if it's usually easy to find a seat on the bus/ferry. I hope to visit Crystal Caves, Blue Hole Park, and a beach (quiet, pink sands, and close to Kings Wharf). Thank you. I've really gotten great ideas from your posts. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2017) 
Hi, public buses are usually packed during office open/close hours on weekdays (e.g. 8:30am - 9:30am and 5pm - 6pm). Unless there is a long queue of cruise passengers waiting for a bus at the cruise terminal, you should not have problems getting seats. Ferries from Dockyard to Hamilton has frequent schedules... so that should not be a problem although most cruise passengers leave for sightseeing in the morning hours when there can be queues.  
 
Thomas (July 2017) 
I will be visiting Bermuda for three days during the first week of July 2017. áI plan to get a one day ferry/bus pass to be able to see more of the islands. áI can walk short distances but have trouble with more than just a few steps. áAre the ferries and busses disability accessible?  
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2017) 
Hi, ferries between Royal Naval Dockyard and Hamilton/St. George can take wheelchairs at the lower deck. Most buses do not have ramps and are not accessible with wheelchairs (there are few buses that have opening in the middle with ramps, in such cases the wheelchair needs to be of folding type requiring small space). 
 
John C (April 2017) 
I have tickets left over from my last visit to Bermuda. áThey are yellow, with "14 ZONE" in red and "ADULT" in black. áI purchased them in 2016. áAre they still valid? áThanks! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2017) 
Yes, they would be valid. The ones with 3-zones are green with '3 ZONE' written in red. 
 
Tanya Jones (February 2017) 
I want to go to bamz in may (24th, holiday?), 2017. There are 2 adults and 2 children. Could we take the ferry from shipyard to Hamilton and get a transfer for the bus? Or, do we have to pay the ferry and then pay the bus? I am trying to find the most economical way to get there. Thanks! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, February 2017) 
You need to pay separately for ferry and bus. Free transfers are applicable only between bus connections. So if you take a bus to Hamilton then you can transfer to the next bus going to BAMZ. But that'll take a long time to reach (1 hr to Hamilton + 20 minutes to BAMZ + transfer time). 
 
Tina C. (September 2016) 
Hi Raj, áMy family of 4 (2 adults/2 kids) is traveling to Bermuda via cruise ship and will be docked there for 3 days. The first day we plan to ávisit the Crystal Caves and BAMZ. áI know we would take the ferry to Hamilton then hop on bus 1 or 3 to the Caves. How would we get from the Caves to BAMZ? Or would you suggest starting with BAMZ and ending at the Caves? á 
 
My next questions is the fares. I can't seem to wrap my head around this. I read on your site that the VC no longer offers tokens or the 2-day pass (which is what I was planning on buying) so should I buy the 1 day pass or deal with change? I'm not sure if it's beneficial to buy the pass but I cannot seem to figure out the fares. I'm probably overthinking it. Please help. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2016) 
From Crystal Caves, walk up to the Blue Hole Circle (2-3 minute walk between the two bus stops). Here you will get bus #10 and 11 to visit BAMZ. You can do either one first, but if you also plan to visit St. George, then it makes sense to start with BAMZ, then caves ad then St. George. The 1-day pass would be convenient for the first day. Once you reach Hamilton by ferry, you can purchase book of tickets for the second day to reduce travel cost for your family. 
 
Martha (August 2016) 
Hello, we will be travelling to Bermuda on a cruise ship in September and will be docking there for 2.5 days. We are planning to take bus and ferry to go places. We will be travelling with 2 young children (ages 2 &á4) and will have strollers with us. Can we take strollers on the bus and ferry rides? Also, if we purchase booklet of tickets of 15. Can we use them for both Ferry and Bus rides? Or are there a different sets of booklet (one for bus and one for ferry)? Can we buy the booklet of tickets at the dockyard? Thank you so much. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2016) 
Buses and ferries won't allow strollers, unless they fold up real small (watch the width). For example umbrella strollers would be allowed in buses. Tickets can be used in both buses and ferries (purchase all-zone tickets). Tickets are not available at dockyard. You can take a ferry to Hamilton, pay in cash and purchase ticket booklets at Hamilton ferry terminal. 
 
Patrick vito (May 2016) 
Hello, áI am writing in regards to a cruise I am going to be on at the end of may. I will be at the dock yard on Sunday and Monday. I read on your web site that the ferry and bus service is reduced Sundays. Do they make any exceptions / modifications if there is a cruise ship in port? Thank you. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2016) 
Hi, nope, usually they don't make exceptions. In fact they have stopped issuing multi-day passes and even tokens at dockyard to discourage cruise passengers from taking public buses and ferries, and instead avail taxis and private mini buses. 
 
Deanna (April 2016) 
Since we are coming in via cruise ship &áthe tours offered don't meet the desires of the things we would like to do &ásee (Crystal Caves, Lighthouse, shopping, beach, historical sites, possibly Aquarium), the public transportation seems like the way to go. Question is do they accept US currency for fares? Are there schedules available? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2016) 
Yes public transports like bus and ferry accept US currency but in exact change (only coins, no bills). You will get the schedules from any Visitors Information Centers (including at dockyard). 
 
Patti Martin (August 2014) 
Hi, we are coming on Oct on a cruise ship. We are wondering how late the buses run if we take them over to Hamilton to go to the bars? If not the buses later in evening how would we return to ship? Via taxi? And how much would that cost? How far is it on foot? Thanks. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2014) 
The last buses from Hamilton leaving for dockyard: Bus#7 at 9:15pm (except Sunday); Bus#8 at 10:45pm. But note that the frequency of bus service reduces in late evenings. So get the bus time table from a Visitors Information Center at Dockyard or Hamilton City. Last ferry from Hamilton to Dockyard is at 8:30pm on weekdays (on Harbor nights, ferries are available until 10:30pm on Wednesdays). You can also take a taxi back to the dockyard ... taxi fare from Hamilton to Dockyard will be approximately $56 + Tips (4 passenger cab). 
 
Dave Groves (July 2014) 
Hi Raj, I bought your books. They are great. Can you help me please? We arrive via NCL on a Sunday at 11:00 and want to go to Hamilton. I would like to buy a three day pass. Is that good for buses and water taxis both? Where do I buy the three day pass and then catch the fastest ride to Hamilton and back?  
 
On Monday we catch the 10:00 trip on the Hat Trick for snorkeling at Somerset and then would like to go to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and Horseshoe Bay Beach and ride back to the ship. What is the best way to get to those places, in that order. Tuesday we go to St Georges and paddle with Kayak Bermuda and have to be back for a 5:30 disembarkment. Again, advise please on how to get to St George's the fastest and back. Thanks again. You make Bermuda easier! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, July 2014) 
Hi Dave, Thanks for buying the ebooks. It helps immensely in sustaining the website. You can buy the passes at the Visitors Information Center near the cruise ship pier. There are three such centers in the dockyard. In case you see a long queue, walk across to the next one. Passes work in buses and public ferries (and not in water taxis). Public ferries are mostly air-conditioned catamarans. Take the Blue Route ferry to Hamilton (takes 20 minutes) and same way back. The ferry will take you to Front Street ferry terminal which is located at the main hub of Hamilton. 
 
On Monday, take bus #7 or #8 from dockyard to Somerset. From Somerset take Bus#7 along South Road (towards east) for Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. From South Road walk along Lighthouse road and then St Anne's road, and you will see the lighthouse. It's about 300 meters walk from South Road. From Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, walk back to South Road and take Bus#7 for Horseshoe Bay Beach (towards east). Actually the beach is at a walking distance from the lighthouse (about 1.2miles) ... there is a nice route through the Turtle Hill golf course of hotel Fairmont Southampton. Once you reach the horseshoe beach bus stop, you will need to walk downhill to get to the beach. If walking back up to the main road is a problem, you will get a shuttle below which will reach you up to the bus stop for a small charge. On your return, take Bus #7 back to the dockyard (about 35 minutes). 
 
On Tuesday, take the Orange route ferry to St George (about 35 minutes) and same way back. But unfortunately the number of runs are limited. Note the Tuesday timings (as per 2014 summer schedule) of Orange route ferry below: 
 
Leaves dockyard at 9:15, 11:15 and 1:15. Leaves St George at 10:15, 12:15 and 2:15. If you want to get back later, the only other option is bus (#10, 11) to Hamilton (about 52 minutes) and then Blue Route Ferry back to dockyard (20 minutes).  
 
Brenda Leake (October 2013) 
I lived in Bermuda on St George 1961 when my dad was in the Air Force. I wanted to find the house we lived in on St George next to the big graveyard on the hill above town. We arrive on a Princess vruise at 8AM. I had hoped we could catch the Ferry to St George, a taxi up to the where I think the house is. I then wanted to visit some in St George before catching the ferry back to West End. I saw one note that stated no Ferry from West End to St George after October. Is that true? Other option is to get to Hamilton-taxi to St George and back to Hamilton for Ferry back to West End (dock). Can you advise what is the best way to do this. We leave for the cruise on 10/22. Thank you very much for your help. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, October 2013) 
Hi, Dockyard-St George ferry will operate until November 3rd (as per this year's summer schedule). But it has limited runs (3 to 4 round trips depending on the day of the week). So check out the timings. You can alternatively get to Hamilton by ferry (20 minutes) and take bus #10 or 11 for St George (about 50 minutes). You will get taxis in St George for local sightseeing. 
 
Liz Moseley (September 2013) 
Hello - will be flying home from the Navy Yard and was wondering how much time to plan on - and what is the quickest route to the airport in St Georges? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, September 2013) 
Hi, Ferry takes 20 minutes to Hamilton and then a taxi from there to the airport would take about 30 minutes. But considering that you will need to time your ferry, and then from Hamilton ferry terminal walk down to the nearest stand to take a taxi for the airport, and assuming that you will immediately get a taxi (which may not always be the case), it will probably take the same time or little more. Of course you can save on some cost if you take the ferry, but will involve some logistics to deal with. Another option is to take the Orange route ferry from the dockyard directly to St George (takes 35 minutes) and then take a short taxi ride to the airport. But this ferry service is infrequent (only three services on Tuesdays - 9:15, 11:15, 13:15). If it happens to match with your flight timings, then that would be the quickest. Buses are ruled out because they won't let you board with luggage. Regards, 
 
Liz Moseley (September 2013) 
Hi Raj, Many, many thanks - looks like the Orange Line Ferry will work for us. Will let you know how it all works out. Thanks so much, Liz 
 
Burt (June 2013) 
We are a group of 15 arriving on the NCL Breakaway and want to get to the Tuckers Point Beach Club. This is a mixed age group (50th Anniversary). What are the options or best way to do this? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, June 2013) 
Hi, the best way to reach Tuckers Point Club for a private group like yours would be to take a mini bus or van that can accommodate 15 persons. Although this would be a bit more expensive than taking public transport like Buses/Ferries etc, but for such special occasion I would recommend a private van/mini bus. See Minibus &áVan Services where I have discussed all such options. Write to all of them with your exact requirement including pick up and drop time, place etc, and see who offers the best price :) 
 
Robert Cournoyer (April 2013) 
Hello, my wife an I would like to do the Goslings Rum cruise which I believe is at the dockyard at sunset. We will be staying at St. Georges, will the buses still be running after the cruise? If so which would be the best way to go? Thanks Rob.  
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2013) 
Hi Rob, Gosling's Rum Cruise by Fantasea operates from the Dockyard. Once back, you can take the direct blue route ferry from dockyard ferry stop to Hamilton (takes 20 minutes). The last ferry leaves at 10pm on a weekday. However on a weekend (Saturday &áSunday) and public holidays the last ferry is at 6:30pm and you won't be able to catch that. In that case take bus #7 or 8 from Dockyard and reach the Central Bus Station of Hamilton (takes about an hour). 
 
From there transfer to either Bus #10 or 11 for St George (one hour). If you come by ferry to Hamilton, just walk down to the Bus Stand. Bus #8 and 11 operate until late night. Another way to get to St. George is of course to take a taxi. You will get ample taxis at both dockyard and Hamilton city. Have a great time! 
 
Joan Fazio-Cohen 
We spent 5/23-5/25 in port at King's Warf. We purchased 3day bus/ferry passes and were very pleased with the transportation system. The buses ran frequently, the system was easy to understand and navigate and the drivers very patient with questions. In particular, our driver on 5/25 at 9:20am gave us a tour as we traveled from the Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay. 
 
He also was willing to suggest when we should start back for the day so we did not miss our ship's 4:30 departure. Having done extensive research on the various types of beaches, we were able to maximize the transportation system and get to every venue we'd planned.--Just watch out for the one hour time change. áWe had to set alarm to be sure we were up and out early! áLOL  
 
John Houck 
Hello: Could you please tell me what is the current retail price of gas in Bermuda, per liter? Thanks. 
 
Raj 
$2.12 per liter (in March, 2012).