Taxis are metered and widely available throughout the island. There are no cars available to rent, so taxis are a popular choice by necessity. Luckily, they also happen to be affordable and convenient. Many taxi drivers are also tour guides, licensed by the government, and are happy to give visitors informative tours. Tours generally cost between $30(USD) and $45(USD) per hour depending on the driver and the number of passengers.
All rates are metered and should be approximately $5(USD) for the first mile, and less than $1.50(USD) for each subsequent mile. This is the standard for a cab holding one to four people. Taxis carrying more than four people will operate on a different rate system, which the driver will explain. Surcharges may apply for wait time or excess baggage. Additionally, certain times, such as holidays, Sundays, and late-night rides (between midnight and 6 a.m.) are subject to higher rates. Tipping a cab driver is not required, but passengers receiving good service should offer 10 to 15 percent.
Those traveling with young children should always be aware of car seat laws in any given area. In Bermuda, it is against the law to ride with a young child in a personal vehicle without a car seat. Taxis, however, are exempt from this law, and will not provide a car seat to those who did not bring theirs from home. While not against the law, it is always safer to strap your child into a proper safety restraint system, and if it is possible to bring your car seat from home on your vacation, it is an option you may want to strongly consider.
Metered fares and friendly drivers make taxis an appealing option for travelers who don't want to bother with bus routes and public transportation. Taxis are just one of the many ways to find your way around Bermuda, and their convenience and reliability are ideal for a carefree vacation.
Approximate Taxi Rates for transportation to Bermuda’s Golf Courses (Rates Subject to change)
FROM ST. GEORGE’S To
• Port Royal Golf Course is less than $75 each way
• Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club is less than $50 each way
• Belmont Hills Club is less than $45 each way
• Ocean View Golf Course is less than $35 each way
• Tucker’s Point Club is less than $20 each way
• Mid Ocean Club is less than $22 each way
FROM DOCKYARD – King’s Wharf To
• Port Royal Golf Course is less than $30 each way
• Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club is less than $30 each way
• Belmont Hills Club is less than $35 each way
• Ocean View Golf Course is less than $50 each way
• Tucker’s Point Club is less than $70 each way
• Mid Ocean Club is less than $70 each way
FROM HAMILTON To
• Port Royal Golf Course is less than $65 each way
• Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club is less than $20 each way
• Belmont Hills Club is less than $15 each way
• Ocean View Golf Course is less than $10 each way
• Tucker’s Point Club is less than $25 each way
• Mid Ocean Club is less than $25 each way
Bus service is widely available throughout Bermuda and many visitors find it a convenient way to navigate the Island. Fares are considerably less expensive than taxis, and an abundance of routes help connect passengers to all parts of the island.
Buses can be easily identified by their pink and blue exterior. A ride costs between $3(USD) and $4.50(USD) depending on the route and distance. Riders are welcome to pay in cash, but drivers only accept coins and exact change. Budget-conscious vacationers may choose to purchase tokens or transportation passes as they can also be used on any of the Island's ferries.
Eleven routes serve nearly every area of the Island. All routes originate from the central bus terminal in Hamilton and most run from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Because locals also rely on buses, they can be very crowded during the hours before and after the work day.
It is important for riders to note that buses stop only if a passenger has requested the stop or if there are people waiting. If you are unsure about where you'll need to get off, tell the bus driver your destination when you board. They usually do not mind calling out stops upon arrival.
For more information about schedules and routes please refer to Bermuda's Public Transportation Board online or by telephone at (441) 292-3851.
There are four ferry routes covering the island of Bermuda and each is color coded to make them more convenient and easy-to-use. The pink line originates in Hamilton before traveling to Paget and finally on to Warwick. The blue line leaves Hamilton bound for West End and from there heads to the Royal Naval Dockyard. The green line, also originates in Hamilton and offers service to Rockaway Express.
The seasonal orange line, which only operates from April through November, travels from Hamilton to the Royal Naval Dockyard before moving on to St. George. All lines, seasonal or otherwise, operated based upon the day of the week, meaning Saturdays often have a different schedule than the work week, and Sundays and Holidays often acquire their own schedules as well.
Prices on ferry rides are low. There are several ways to purchase a ride, adults may buy an all-day pass for $12(USD). A three-day pass will cost $28(USD), a four-day pass runs around $35(USD), and riders should expect to pay about $45(USD) for a weekly pass, and passes are also available at monthly rates.
Alternatively, passengers who prefer to pay per ride may opt for tokens or tickets, which both can be purchased either singly or in bulk. These will cost between $2.50(USD) and $4(USD) depending on the route and distance traveled. Children under 5 and senior citizens always ride for free. Children's rates are also available for youth between 5 and 16 years old.
Tickets are available at a number of different locations, but all tokens, tickets, and passes must be bought before you ride. Some hotels offer guests the ability to buy passes from them directly, but they are also available at the Visitors Service Bureau or the Public Transportation Board Central Terminal in Hamilton. Sightseeing and charter services can also be booked.
All lines permit bicycles to travel for free, but scooters and mopeds, called "bikes" by Bermudians, will only be permitted at an additional fee on certain routes. Blue and green routes can take scooters, as can the orange line, but scooters and mopeds can only be carried when the ferry is a catamaran ferry, and, depending on the time and day of the week, these will vary. It may sound a bit complicated, but the schedules can be straightened out with a bit of help from the Public Transportation Board.
For more information about schedules and routes, check Bermuda's Public Transportation Board online or by telephone at (441) 292-3851.