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How to get around Bermuda and
visit the tourist places?

 
Which is the best way to get around Bermuda - by ferries bus or taxi? How much time does it take to Crystal Caves from the Dockyard? We will go on a cruise that stops in Royal Dockyard in May. 
 
Dina, Puerto Rico (May 2010) 
 
Hi, If you are docking at the Kings Wharf (Royal Naval) Dockyard, it's best to take a ferry to Hamilton City. It will take about 20 minutes to reach Hamilton by a direct ferry compared to a bus ride that takes about an hour.  
 
 
 
From Hamilton City you can take bus # 1, 3, 10 or 11 for Crystal Caves which is located at a parish called Hamilton Parish (not same as Hamilton City). There is also a ferry service from Dockyard ferry stop to St. George (orange route). It takes about 35 minutes between Dockyard and St. George by ferry. This route usually operates from April to November. 
 
Note that during weekends and non-summer time, ferry service is quite infrequent and some routes do not operate. If you visit St. George (the historic and heritage town of Bermuda), try out the horse drawn carriage ride along the roads of St. George and enjoy the historic town - it's special. 
 
For nearby parishes like Sandy's, Southampton or Warwick, you can take bus #7 or #8 from the dockyard. The bus route #7 goes by the South Shore Beaches. Buses are good and very convenient for short distances. The bus service is quite frequent during the day time - you will get buses every 15 minutes or so, and sometimes even more frequently. 
 
Buy a Transport Pass and it works for both buses and ferries. You can hop on and off any number of times during its validity. This gives you a lot of flexibility and turns out to be the cheapest way of travelling around the island. You will get them at the Visitors Information Centers including at the dockyard. 
 
Taxis are quite expensive but available all the time. We generally use them for late night drops at the hotels or at the cruise ship terminal when ferries or bus services become infrequent. There are taxi stands at the dockyard and you will get plenty of them there. 
 
Refer to my following links for further information about Bermuda Transportation: 
 
 
 
 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2010 
 
 
I am cruising to your beautiful island with friends, one of whom, is in a wheelchair. I am looking for information on the best way to get around Bermuda. We have used the transportation pass with great success ourselves previously, and wonder, for this trip if the busses/ferries are accessible. Any information you could give us would be appreciated. We are not travelling until October. 
 
Sue Bowen (April 2012) 
 
 
 
Hi, Unfortunately buses are not wheelchair accessible. some of the ferries are and can be accessed from Hamilton Ferry terminal only. Unfortunately you can't get off at any other ferry point since others are not properly accessible and can be a bit risky. So a person on wheel chair can take a round trip on a ferry and get back to Hamilton. Take a look at my following article to know about the options for a person in Bermuda who is handicapped: Bermuda for Handicapped or Disabled 
 
Hope this helps! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2012 
 
 
On June 2nd June our entire family (total 14) áwill be arriving at Kings Wharf on Explorer of the Seas to celebrate my 80th birthday. We all love the beach and would like to rent a van as soon as we get off the ship to take us to Horseshoe Bay (or if too crowded, another nearby beach) and arrange to meet us at a specific time to return to the ship. 
 
What we are really looking for is transportation based on our needs rather that trying to catch a regularly scheduled bus. Since we will have only two full days in Bermuda (one including a round of golf) we áprefer not to wait in lines for a crowded bus. Is this possible? 
 
William Van Wyck (April 2012) 
 
 
Hello, 
 
There are minibus tours available in Bermuda that are privately run and can accommodate 12 to 15 persons. They can also customize the tours to fit your requirements. Some will even pick you up and drop you at the dockyard. 
 
Please check out this link for the operators and their contacts: 
 
 
Wishing you a great 80th birthday in Bermuda!!! 
 
Regards, 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2012 
 
 
Hello we are thinking about coming in Oct for 3 days via cruise ship docked at Kings Wharf. Is it easy to get buses or other public transportation to get to most of the nice beaches like Horseshoe, Tobacco and Elbow beach? Can you ride the bus into most of the towns and parishes from the cruise dock? Thanks 
 
Barry Tutt (April 2012) 
 
Hi Barry, 
 
Yes, bus service in Bermuda is excellent. From the dockyard you will get bus #7 and 8. Bus #7 goes along the south shore passing all the beautiful beaches like Horseshoe, Warwick Long Bay, Elbow beach etc. However Tobacco Bay is in St. George's which at the eastern end of the island. You will need to change and transfer to another bus at Hamilton City where the central bus terminus is located. All buses start from and return to Hamilton. The entire island is accessible by bus. 
 
I would recommend using both buses and public ferries to get around the island. There is a ferry terminal at the dockyard itself. A direct ferry from the dockyard to Hamilton takes only 20 minutes compared to about an hour by bus. 
 
Also buy a transportation pass for 3 days. It gives you unlimited access to both buses and ferries, and is the cheapest option. So you can hop on and off. You will get the passes at the visitors center at the dockyard. 
 
Check out this link: Bermuda Bus Schedule &áInfo 
 
Regards, 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2012 
 
 
 
 
Hi Raj, Love your site, it has helped me plan our 3 day stop over. A few questions before we arrive. We arrive at Kings Wharf on Wed. We want to tour the island on Wed. my husband thinks Scooters are the way to get around. After reading all the reviews I am very nervous about the traffic and hilly roads. Here is our itinerary - tell me the best mode of transportation: 
 
Wed - tour the island and beaches with hikes to get a feel for the island- from your suggestion: Astwood Cove Beach, Daniels Head, Stonehole, Hog Bay. Towns to see: St. George, Devonshire, Warwick. Late day evening go to Harbour Nights in Hamilton - WHERE to have drinks not dinner?? What time do the stores close? What time do you suggest we get their to enjoy the shops, vendors and entertainment? 
 
Thurs: NATIONAL HOLIDAY 
Can you Recommend the best mode of transportation for: 
Snorkel in the morning - Tobacco Bay and Achilles Bay. Return to cruise boat (Celebrity, Kings Wharf) to get golf clubs. Go to Port Royal for a 4:00 Golf tee time Spend the evening at the Bonefish bar and grill listening to the Lennon Dockyard 
 
Friday - Explore the Dockyard and all the shops around that area. 
 
Best way to get around with this itinerary? 
 
Shelley Sroka (July 2014) 
 
 
Hi, 
 
On Wednesday, scooter will be convenient during the day time for beach visits and exploring the places. It can save a lot of your time, however you should be careful while driving (note the left hand drive, traffic and narrow winding roads). In the evening, I would strongly suggest not to drive a scooter after you drink and that too in the evening. Take the Blue route ferry from the dockyard to Hamilton and back. This year on Harbour Nights, last ferry from Hamilton to dockyard is at 10:30pm. You can take your drinks at 'Bermuda Bistro at the Beach' ... 103 Front Street. Go early to take a ground floor veranda seat. The festival on the street starts at 7pm, so you should try to reach earlier. If you reach before 7pm, you can also catch the happy hour and get discounts on drinks. Most shops remain open until 9:30pm on Harbor Nights and some up to 10pm. 
 
Next day being a National Holiday, most ferry routes won't operate and buses will run at reduced frequency. Almost all stores, restaurants and activities will be closed, and Streets will be empty. So scooter is a good option. It may not be viable to carry golf clubs in scooters. Buses won't let you board with them and getting taxis would be difficult on a Public Holiday. So your other option is to rent it at Port Royal Golf Club. Check to find out is the golf course and Bonefish Bar &áGrill would be open on that day. 
 
On Friday, you won't need any transport. Just walk around and explore the dockyard. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2014