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Bermuda Transportation Guide for Cruise Visitors

Bermuda ferry
Bermuda ferry docks at Hamilton. © 2022 Scott S. Bateman

Bermuda offers several forms of transportation to its visitors. Car rentals, however, is not one of them.

Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory in the Atlantic Ocean, is about 1,100 miles northeast of Miami.

The island has 20.6 square miles of land and 130 miles of public paved roads. More than 600,000 people tourists come to Bermuda each year, including traffic from cruise lines.

Because of Bermuda’s small size and population, tourists are not permitted to rent cars, as it would bring the traffic to a standstill. Only residents of Bermuda can drive cars.

Luckily, there are plenty of other options for getting around. Here are some of the best ways to get around Bermuda:

Bermuda Ferries

Bermuda’s ferry system offers a scenic way to get around the island. The most active ferry goes between Hamilton and Royal Navy Dockyard. It is mostly used by cruise visitors whose ships dock at the Dockyard. The ride takes 15 to 20 minutes and costs $5 each way.

Ferries depart from each port almost hourly. A complete ferry schedule is available on the Bermuda Department of Marine and Port Services website.

Visitors staying in Bermuda for multiple days can purchase an Island Transportation Pass. It allows them one, three or seven days of unlimited use on both the ferries and the bus system.

A seven-day pass is $62 for adults and $31 for childen at the time of this writing. Prices subject to change.

Bermuda Public Buses

Bermuda has a bus system with 11 bus lines. The buses reach almost every area of the island, which is long, thin and curly.

The bus system divides the island into 14 zones. Bus stops headed toward Hamilton, such as the ones from Royal Navy Dockyard, have poles with a pink top. Bus stops headed out of Hamilton have a blue top.

Tourists are advised not to plan their travel in the early mornings and evenings, as the buses will be busy with locals.

The adult fare for three zones is $3.50. It’s $5 for all 14 zones. Exact change in coins is required for bus transportation.

Passes for one, two, three, four or seven consecutive days are available for unlimited, all zones travel on buses and ferries. A pass is a good option for anyone who plans to make multiple trips around the island on the same day.

Scooters

Scooters are one of the most popular ways for tourists to get around Bermuda. On a scooter, tourists can explore the island’s scenic views and streets at their leisure.

The age requirement for driving a scooter is 18 years. Drivers must wear a helmet and must drive on the left hand side of the road.

The speed limit on the roads is usually set at around 20 miles per hour.

Most scooter rental agencies provide a delivery and pick up service at hotels. Here are a few of the most well-known places to rent a scooter:

Oleander Cycles Limited
Two Locations:
15 Gorham Road
Pembroke Parish (Central)
Tel: 441 295 0919

8 Middle Road
Southampton Parish (West End)
Tel: 441 234 0629
https://www.oleandercycles.bm/

Wheels Cycles
Coco Reef Bermuda
3 Stonington Circle
Paget Parish (Central)
Tel: 441 292 2245
https://www.oleandercycles.bm/

Note that scooter rentals are available at the Royal Navy Dockyard for cruise visitors. But during our visit there, we mostly saw people taking excursion buses. There were very few active scooters.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
September 23, 2022

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