Whenever we travel in an unfamiliar destination for fun and leisure, we often see to it that we can get around like a local. People tend to value experiencing public transportation a lot. We get a sense of pride that we survived.
Getting Around Bermuda
Bermuda is no exception to that. One must try to get a feel of getting around Bermuda, like a local. That means, riding public transportation. Whether you choose to travel by bus, ferry, scooter, etc., exploring the island is fun.
Bermuda Breeze Bus
First in the must try list is the iconic Bermuda Breeze Bus. It is painted with pink and blue stripes. This is the most common transportation method the locals use. Whether you are going to the east or to the west of the island, chances are you can ride a bus. However, there are only specific routes and designated bus stops. All buses depart and arrive from the central terminal in Hamilton City. It is located right beside the City Hall in Washington Street. Along the road, you will notice colored poles. The blue poles indicate that the bus is going out of Hamilton City and the pink poles indicates that buses are coming inside the city.
If you are not sure where to stop, just ask the locals right next to you or the bus captain. To signal to the driver that you are getting off in the next stop, just press any of the bells strategically located inside the bus. Or just shout “Next Stop, please!”, and you are good. Buses follow a strict schedule. So it would be nice to keep a bus schedule in handy.
Fun fact: Bermudians are lovely people. When they get inside the bus, they will greet everyone with say, “Good morning!” and everybody in the bus will greet back “Good morning!” Feels like I am inside a classroom back in my country. Ofcourse, as you get in the bus, greet the driver and when you get off, say “Thank you!” or “Have a nice day!”, or whatever is time appropriate. I just love the positive vibe when everybody replies in chorus. You are considered rude if you do not say good morning, good day, good afternoon, etc. It is customary to Bermudians to greet each other when they meet even if they do not know each other.
Sea Express Ferry
Since Bermuda is an island, commuting through ferries are a thing. This is the second transportation method locals take. There are four routes available and they all depart from the Hamilton Ferry Terminal in Frontstreet.
Blue route – Hamilton to Royal Naval Dockyard (Sandys Parish)
Green route – Hamilton to Rockaway (Southampton Parish), Cavello Bay and Watford Bridge (Sandys Parish)
Pink route – Hamilton to several stops in Paget and Warwick parishes.
Orange route – Hamilton to Royal Naval Dockyard to the town of St. George. This route operates only during summer.
Bus and ferry fares are the same. There are 2 available zones. 3 Zone or the short trip and the 14 Zone or the long trip. Buses accepts cash but it must be exact change only. The preferred payment method is by getting a transportation pass, ticket or token. You can purchase them at the Hamilton City Bus and Ferry Terminal.
- Refer to the download resources below for bus and ferry schedules as well as fares.
Scooter, Bike and Mini Electric Car
If you would like to take control of your time. Renting a scooter, bike or a mini electric car is a nice option. Just head on to the Visitor Service Cente’s nearest you for recommendations. Ofcourse taxi is also available.
No matter what option you will take, enjoy your time in the island. You can explore it from West End to the East End. You will surely never run out of beaches, attractions and historical sites to visit.
Just always remember, Bermuda has a law mandating 35 KMPH speed limits.
In addition to the speed limit, Bermuda roads are very narrow. Just enough for a two vehicle moving on a separate direction. Some roads has sidewalks. Some do not have, litterally just between two walls. You have to drive carefully and yes, Bermuda drives on the left hand side of the road.
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