Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Joanne (January 2018)
I plan on purchasing the transportation pass ($33/pp) when I get off of my ship. Then I would like to take the free NCL ferry to St. George. Could I then use my transportation pass to get to Tobacco Bay Beach and then over to Hamilton for lunch at Swizzle Inn? If so, what bus(es) do I take? thank you.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, January 2018)
Hi, there are privately operated minibuses that operate between St. George and Tobacco Bay Beach and the transportation pass won't work in such minibuses. You need to pay for a separate ticket (unless you want to walk ... about 25 minutes). However you can take a public bus (#1, 3, 10 or 11) from St. George to get to Swizzle Inn in Hamilton Parish, and then continue on one of these buses to Hamilton City and then take a ferry back to Royal Naval Dockyard... and you can use the transportation pass in these buses and ferry.
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. We have a family of 6 adults and 5 children. We 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). Should we get a Pass, or buy a book of tickets? And also, what is the ferry cost to go to Hamilton? Is it the same cost as it would be to take the bus. Thank you!
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, August 2017)
Hi, the bus/ferry tickets are available at Hamilton (bus & ferry 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. I plan to get a one day ferry/bus pass to be able to see more of the islands. I can walk short distances but have trouble with more than just a few steps. Are 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. They are yellow, with "14 ZONE" in red and "ADULT" in black. I purchased them in 2016. Are they still valid? Thanks!
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, My 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 visit the Crystal Caves and BAMZ. I 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?
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 & 4) 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, I 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 & the tours offered don't meet the desires of the things we would like to do & see (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 & Van 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 & Sunday) 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!
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. We had to set alarm to be sure we were up and out early! LOL
Hello: Could you please tell me what is the current retail price of gas in Bermuda, per liter? Thanks.
$2.12 per liter (in March, 2012).