Last Updated: September 13, 2016 

Bermuda Taxi Tours

 
If you are in a small group of 4 to 7 persons or even just two of you, taxis in Bermuda can provide great options for private tours in the island. While there are quite a few guided minibus tours available in Bermuda, taxi tours can give you options in terms of choosing the specific attractions that you want to visit as well as time flexibility. 
 
On top of it, if you consider a per person rate, this could be a cheaper option compared to the organized private tours by vans or mini buses. Usually the private van or mini-bus tours have fixed routes and coverage, and operate on fixed timings unless you charter the whole minibus for your private group. Taxis that way give you a lot more flexibility. 
 
 
 
While you can take any taxi for a tour, ideally you should look for ones that have blue flags fluttering or a blue flag insignia on their bonnets. Then you know that the taxi driver is also a government certified tour guide of Bermuda. Such taxis are known as Blue Flag Taxis and the drivers are Blue Flag Certified Tour Guides. Their tour rates are the same as any other taxis which is fixed by the government. These taxi drivers usually have a wealth of knowledge about the island. They have successfully gone through the test and certification process of Government of Bermuda. 
 
Some of these drivers-cum-tour-guides have special areas of knowledge like history, art &áarchitecture, flora &áfauna, military/maritime history, etc. During the tour, the taxi driver will narrate lots of untold stories of the island, its history and many other local lore that you will love to hear. 
 
Taxis in Bermuda come in two sizes - the smaller ones can carry up to 4 passengers and the larger ones up to 7 passengers. Taxi tours operate by hourly rate. 
 
Some taxis in Bermuda are wheelchair accessible and are suitable for persons having physical challenges or disability. Taxi drivers in Bermuda are not allowed to charge any extra for the persons with disability. Some of such taxis may be suitable for electrical wheelchairs and some for manual, but usually not for both. 
 
Taxis will wait when you take time to visit an attraction or plan to take your lunch. However this waiting time will count as part of the total time for which you book the taxi. While having lunch or snacks during your tour, you can invite the driver to join you, although it's not necessary. But if you invite him, then a general courtesy would be to pay for his bills. 
 
Rates/Fares for Bermuda Taxi Tours 
The taxi tours take place on an hourly rate. You will need to book the taxi minimum for 3 hours. Typically island tours by taxis last for about 4 hours. 
 
Update May 2014: The taxi tour rates have been revised effective May 1, 2014. This is the first revision since December 2007. Up to 4 passengers, the rate is now $50 per hour (instead of earlier $40 per hour). For 5 to 7 passengers, the rate is $70 per hour (instead of earlier $55 per hour). Note that if a larger taxi agrees to carry 4 or less passengers for sightseeing tour, they should charge the lower rate (i.e. $50 per hour). This rate is fixed by the Government. The Blue Flag taxis should also charge the same. 
 
Unlike the case when you take metered taxis, the rates for taxi tours do not change even on Sundays or public holidays, or at night. The above rates are excluding gratuity or tips. A 15% tips is appropriate. You can also book a taxi for half-day or full day. But remember that the taxi drivers in Bermuda are all self employed. So they usually work based on their own convenience. 
 
 
 
Bermuda Taxi Tour Operators 
While you can get taxis (including Blue Flag Taxis) at the taxi stands like in Dockyard, but it is advisable to book one in advance in case you want to ensure the tour. Blue Flag Taxi drivers are usually busier than the others.  
 
Here are some of the popular taxi tour operators in Bermuda who have been serving the tourists since several years in the island and have made good names for themselves (also read the reviews below): 
 
Millard Lightbourne of Mills Taxi Service 
Millard, known as Mills, has over 50 years of experience in the tourism industry. He worked in the 5-Star Elbow Beach Hotel in Paget for 55 years before retiring as the Assistant Chief Engineer. However he has also been a certified Tourist Guide and a driver since many years. Very well behaved, polite and having awesome knowledge of the island and its flora &áfauna, Mills is one of the great drivers in the island for taxi tours. Phone: (441) 238 5690; Email: [email protected]  
 
Lewis Foggo 
He is the owner and operator of Reliable Taxi Services. He has had his taxi license since 1993 and has been driving part time up until 2001, and full time ever since. He specializes in island tours of Bermuda, and also offers services for corporate, weddings, parties and street pick-ups. Lewis is a Bermuda Government certified Blue Flag Tour Guide. Email: [email protected]; Call: 441/704-2109 
 
 
 
Access Bermuda (For physically handicapped) 
Keith Simmons of Access Bermuda organizes tours and airport pickups for people with disability or special needs. He has a custom built van with side entrance and an attachable ramp to make it easily wheelchair accessible. This purpose built vehicle also has auxiliary services for ventilators and recharging of electric wheelchairs. 
 
He operates several sightseeing tours including a 3 hour east end tours of the island, 3 hour scenic west end tour, and 5 hour full island tour with certified blue flag tour guides. All tours start and end at the Visitors Center near Hamilton Ferry Terminal. On request, he can also organize glass bottom boat tours for the physically challenged. Address: 1 Loyal Hill, Devonshire. 
Phone: (441)295-9106; Email: [email protected] 
 
Quinton Binns X unheard of since many days 
A very knowledgeable and reputed taxi driver in Bermuda and based in Hamilton city. 
Address: The Glebe Road, Hamilton, Pembroke Parish. Phone: 441/297-0749 
 
 
 
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Visitors' Reviews &áComments 
 
Dennis &áDonna Szeba (September 2016) 
Since our cruise ship was going to be in port for 3 days in September, we decided to take a private tour based on good reviews about Millard Lightbourne. His email response was fast, detailed and he sent us a four page itinerary of what we would be doing. We contracted in writing via email for a 7 hour tour and went with another couple - which was $350 split 4 ways - much cheaper and longer than a ship excursion. He met us at the pier with our name on a card and stated that he would adjust the tour any way WE wanted - not based on a schedule. 
 
Long story short - we made several leisurely stops - including an inexpensive award winning locals restaurant he dropped us off at. For the stops that we got out of the car for - he waited patiently for us to return. We wound up taking 9 full hours and we were still only charged what we agreed on earlier. He said that the extra time was on him. He is a walking encyclopedia about all things Bermuda, and is worth every penny you pay him. We can't say enough good things about him. 
 
Kevin Tucker (September 2016) 
My wife and I booked a tour with Lewis earlier this week based on the recommendation on this site. We communicated via email to set and confirm the date; he always responded promptly. Lewis was already waiting at the agreed upon time at the pier and we enjoyed a 6 1/2 hour island tour with him. He is very personable and made us feel very relaxed; he was very knowledgeable about the island and kept checking with us to make sure we were enjoying the experience. He gave us great beach recommendations for later in our trip. 
 
For lunch he suggested a nice place, including what to order; everything was great. I would highly Lewis to anyone looking for an informative but relaxing tour of the island by a tour guide with a great personality. PS - My wife left her camera in the van and Lewis contacted us, as well as, drove to the pier the following morning to return it. 
 
Rody Kemple (September 2016) 
I'm so glad I came across this website and learned about Lewis Foggo. I booked his services a month in advance after learning about him here. He gave my family a fantastic 5-hour tour of Bermuda a couple of weeks ago, and showed us some great beaches to choose from for the next day. His tour was much cheaper and more personal than a bus excursion we could have booked through the cruise line. 
 
Lewis is a very personable gentleman with great knowledge of Bermuda and its people. It was amazing to me how much and how many people he knew across the islands. He tries to customize his tour for the particular interests of his passengers. At $75/hour, he was a steal in comparison to the cruise tours. We made regular stops to get out and see different places and things, as well as to take pictures at many of the seemingly endless picturesque spots in Bermuda.  
 
He showed us most of Bermuda, from the Royal Navy Dockyard to Hamilton to St. George's. Stopping to feed bread to the fish was a strangely fantastic experience for my kids. Fish were jumping out of the water to eat bread! Who knew? Honestly, for anyone visiting Bermuda, I highly recommend booking Lewis Foggo for a tour! 
 
Michele (August 2016) 
Fabulous, professional prompt service with Millard. For my mother-in-law's 89th birthday - he even brought a happy birthday balloon. Totally customized and so knowledgeable, touring with Millard was the best way to see the island - the way we wanted and needed to with "us" the customer in mind. He knew all the special, key areas to show us - the sea turtles at the aquarium (free), cathedral caves (free) and lighthouse. What a way to cut through the red tape and have someone waiting for you caring about your trip. Thank you Millard --- you are a true professional and highly recommended. áMillard went above and beyond for us and will do the same for you. The best in Bermuda! 
 
Margaret Rich (July 2016) 
Millard Lightbourne of Mills Taxi Service took our four-some on a terrific 5 1/2 hour taxi tour of all of Bermuda's highlights, but he excelled in driving us on the back roads and to out of the way areas. He is entertaining (and speaks clearly - not always the case with tour guides) while providing lots of information about the island. Very knowledgeable about everything Bermuda. He was quick to respond to emails and set up a tour date and time. Without a doubt the highlight of our three days in Bermuda! 
 
Gerald and Lynne Osborne (June 2016) 
We had received an email confirmation from Mr. Millard Lightbourne that our group would be taken on a 4-hour tour of Bermuda. We were disappointed when Mr. Lightbourne did not show up. áHowever, after speaking to one of the taxi drivers at the Kings Wharf dock, he contacted Mr. Lightbourne, ,who then sent his brother-in-law to take us on the tour. Our tour guide/driver, Mr. Bramwell Tucker, gave us an outstanding tour. His in-depth knowledge, friendliness, and sense of humor provided us a superb educational and entertaining experience. It was the one of the highlights of our trip and we will recommend Mr. Tucker to our friends. 
 
Wilburn Fitch (May 2016) 
My wife and I and another couple took a tour of Bermuda in April,2016 with Millard Lightbourne and we can honestly say he is the best guide we have ever had. He took us on a private tour for over 4 1/2 hours with excellent commentary and the best use of our limited time. Greatly recommend his service. 
 
R. Mills (April 2016) 
Took a tour from Kings Wharf with Mill's Tours and Millard Lightbourne was our driver. He was great. Very knowledgeable, polite and took us from one end of the Island to the other. Showed us all points of interest, beaches, resorts, explained vegetation, etc. Great tour. Highly recommend. If you want to be picked up at ship, you may want to book ahead. [email protected]  
 
Marion Watt (March 2016) 
Raj, we have booked a tour for September 2016 with a blue flag taxi driver and the fee is 60$ per hour. Everything I have seen online is 50$ per hour. Has the rate gone up? Love all of the information that you have provided. Thank you! 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2016 
Government stipulated rate is $50 per hour for small taxis. However some drivers can ask for more. 
 
Susan Kluthe (November 2015) 
We recently took a tour of the island with Lewis Foggo. He was an excellent tour guide, very informative, accommodating whatever we wanted to see or do. Kind and considerate of my husband who has an injured knee. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to see the island with limited time or a longer tour. 
 
John Draper (August 2015) 
My wife and I returned to Bermuda June 16-22, 2015 for our first visit since 1988. As a former resident of Bermuda, this was a nostalgic trip down memory lane to show my sister-in-law and her 3 daughters, along with her 2 sisters and cousin, where her recently deceased husband (also my brother, Colin) had grown up. Per your website recommendation, we selected Lewis Foggo to drive their party of 7 ladies on a 5 hour taxi tour of Bermuda on my brother's birthday, June 18, with my wife and I trailing behind on a motor scooter. As Lewis had promised, it was a Bermudaful experience. He was professional, knowledgeable, good humoured and a real gentleman. Our 7 ladies loved him. We would recommend Lewis Foggo absolutely to anyone contemplating taking a taxi tour of Bermuda.. John &áCyndia D. 
 
Carol Blecker (July 2015) 
Took a tour with a blue taxi driver, 4 hours to get to St George's. Some great stops but not all I expected. Should have been done in 2 or 3 hours. Finally told him wanted to be in St George's for lunch by 1, which he stretched to 130. Cash only no credit cards. If I ever do this again would átell him how long I want to tour, what I want to see. 2 stops were resorts, which I'm sure they gave him a perk to take us there. Stop at a store for bread to feed the fish, he should have done that on his time not ours. Drove 30 mph. I'm sure if we had not stopped him we would have had an á8 hr + ride. I'm sure he expected a tip and I felt like we had been taken for an extra hour($50), so no extra. 
 
Jim Hartman (June 2015) 
Sailing on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas we docked in Bermuda 6/20/15. It was our first trip to Bermuda. Four of us (my wife, mother-in-law and sister-in-law) had made arrangements for a taxi tour of Bermuda with Lewis Foggo. Lewis was in London when we arrived but he arranged for another driver, Jerry Smith, to take us. áJerry was great! He provided an outstanding tour of the island taking us places where no bus would go. After spending 4 hours with Jerry our desire is to return to Bermuda for a week. 
 
Keith Andrews (May 2015) 
On the quay at Bermuda we received a warm introduction to Millard Lightbourne of Mills Taxi Service - he made us so welcome and made our tour of the island so interesting. His knowledge of the island history &áits plant life was amazing. He met our every need in a most pleasant manner-we had 3.5 hours of his time @150 dollars - he provided real value for money. I have no hesitation in recommending his services. I have told my tour operator to phone him -- she arranges very personal tours &áMillard fits that description to the word. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, May 2015): When I asked Keith how did he find Milliard, this is what he said: 
 
Keith Andrews (May 2015) 
Hello Raj - We simply came off the Norwegian Breakaway looking for a taxi tour of the island - within 50 yards there was Millard with his company board in his hand &áa friendly smile. We told him what we would like to do, he explained the Island policy on taxi fares &áoff we went. He was so good other taxi drivers were asking him questions to help their clients at the stopping points 
 
Karl Davis (May 2015) 
The driver Terrence St P. Smith not only took the longest way around ..from Dockyard to Hamilton.....but slammed our favorite restaurant.....hyping up Ascots. This man talked non stop about how we needed to take a tour. Our party of 6 were very intimidated by him..... Shame on you guys.  
 
Bob Briggs (October 2014) 
My finance and I had a awesome tour of Bermuda with Lewis Foggo. áHe áseemed to tailor the tour as we went and showed us some things that I believe few other tourist would see. áHe is highly recommended by us and áhope we can travel to Bermuda again in the next few years.  
 
Felix Nieves (September 2014) 
Raj, I contacted Lewis Foggo for a tour, he was great. He took my wife, daugther áand myself, On a wonderful 5 hour tour of this beautiful island. He asked questions of what we were interested in and curtailed the tour to those interests. I highly recommend his tour to anybody who wishes to visit the áisland. Thank you for your review, that let us to Lewis. 
 
Larry Marro (March 2014) 
Your webpage says that the rate for taxi tours is fixed by the government and mentioned in an update dated August 2013 that the taxi tour rates are currently under discussion with the government of Bermuda and may get revised. Do you know if the rate changed and if so, what is it now? I emailed a taxi tour service and was told the rate for 3 people is $65 an hour. You listed a rate for 1-4 people at $40. Is the rate I was given the new revised rate? 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2014 
No change yet. Private tour operators can ask for higher rates. If you take a taxi from the stand (i.e. from taxi rank), then they should charge the same rate as mentioned. Sometimes the Certified Blue Flag taxi drivers ask for a higher rate since they are also qualified guide. 
 
Hong 
Hi Raj, we took your recommendation and scheduled a taxi service for our fist day there. He would take us around Bermuda (as a tour) for about 4 to 5 hours. Can you tell us several points of interest that we should stop to see, such as restaurant, remote cities, beaches, etc., where it's not too touristy. Thank you very much. 
 
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) 
If you plan to tour around Bermuda in high season while trying to avoid the rush of tourists, here is a suggested taxi tour: Touring Bermuda while dodging tourists