Last Updated: March 29, 2018
Minicar rentals in Bermuda
The regulation was passed on April 20, 2017 by Ministry of Tourism & Transport to allow tourists and locals to rent minicars in the island - these are tiny battery operated all-electric cars. However the move was opposed quite heavily by the taxi drivers who anticipated an impact on their taxi business. But that did not hold much water and finally the much awaited minicars have been cleared. Minicar rental companies have soon started operation in Bermuda.
Several hotels in the island have made such small vehicles available on rent for their guests who look for flexible rides on their own to explore the island.
The minicars are 4-wheeled (or sometimes 3-wheeled) vehicles and can accommodate two persons (one sitting behind the driver). However they are quite safe... some models like Renault Twizy minicars boast of air bag for the driver, side impact protection, seat belts for both passengers etc. Being less than 4-ft wide, these small vehicles are ideal for navigating through the narrow roads of the island.
The steering is centrally located and the dashboard shows the driving range (kms) remaining from the current charge of the battery. Pedal brakes and accelerators are also available.
Renault Twizy Minicar
These eco-friendly all-electrical minicars run on batteries. Once fully charged (which takes about 3 hours), a minicar can run for about 50+ miles (or 80+ kms) which is good enough to explore the whole island which is only 21 miles end to end. These miniature vehicles are excellent option for those who are not comfortable with scooters or mopeds, but at the same time want to be on their own to explore the island at their own pace and enjoy flexible rides.
Driving license & minimum age for renting minicars?
You must have a valid driver's license from your home country to be able to hire a minicar in Bermuda. Also the minimum age requirement of the driver is 25. The second rider can also drive the minicar provided he/she fulfills the same criteria as above.
How to rent minicars in Bermuda?
While the hotel Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Hamilton City was the first hotel in the island to introduce such minicars on rent, now several other hotels have similar offers including Rosedon, Mid Ocean Club, Coral Beach & Tennis Club, The Loren at Pink Beach, Inverurie Executive Suites etc.
With time, many other hotels are expected to join the bandwagon. All these hotels actually tie up with a rental livery or operator and offer the vehicles through them. Most of these hotels would be equipped with battery charging facilities.
Presently one of the prominent Mini Car rental companies in Bermuda is Current Vehicles
. They supply the mini cars through various hotels. You can also contact them directly in case your hotel does not have a tie up with any minicar operators. They can help you with the vehicle pick up and charging points. Email: [email protected]
; Hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm.
Battery charging points are located at various hotels and the network of such charging points are expanding. Note that while it takes about 3 hours to fully charge the battery from zero charge level, you can get good amount of charge in just 20 minutes. So while riding if you see that your driving range has come below your comfort level, do stop by to top up the charge. Charging is free.
Minicar Rental Rates
Hotels would normally rent the minicars on daily rates which can vary between $90 to $110 per day depending on the season and demand. The rate however goes down with longer duration of rent. There is no extra charge for the second person. There is also a one time charge (around $30) for third party insurance which remains valid for the period of hire.
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Mike Barber (March 2018)
Hey, my wife and I will be there in November 2018 on a cruise,will we be able to rent a minicar since we're not staying in a Hotel. Thanks for your help.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2018
Yes you can. While booking the minicar rental online through the company 'Current Vehicle' (website: www.currentvehicles.com) you should book using 'Hamilton Princess' option (because that is where they are officially located). You will need to pick up and return the minicar at hotel Hamilton Princess.
Balaji Devarajan (January 2018)
Hi Raj, Thank you for the informative articles...We are three people traveling to Bermuda - 2 Adults and a 6 months old infant. Can we hire a minicar and travel with the baby on the lap? Thanks in advance.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) January 2018
Hi, baby on lap will unlikely be allowed due to safety reasons.