Visitors on Bermuda cruises get around the islands easily.
Just 70,864 lucky people live in this charming British overseas territory, occupied continuously since 1609, now the blissful destination of many Atlantic cruises to Bermuda.
Approximately 138 islands, ranging from small to tiny, make up the Bermuda islands. The seven larger islands, linked by bridges and ferries, comprise a “mainland” up to two miles wide and 259 feet high. The territory is 775 miles from Manhattan, and at 21 square miles, about the same size.
Despite all the bays, cuts, and lakes, Bermuda island cruise visitors get around pretty easily by bike, bus, ferry, moped, or taxi—but not rental car.
Rent a bike for a unique perspective on the islands—great scenery, no schedules, just follow your interests. You can even bring your bike aboard the local ferries to extend your range. The Bermuda Railway Trail, built on the bed of a defunct railroad, now treats hikers and bicyclists to natural beauty and historic sites across multiple islands.
Bermuda Breeze buses provide a convenient way to get around, with 14 bus zones about two miles each. Pay the exact fare in coins, but not bills. Rides get cheaper by using tokens, tickets, or passes, which work on ferries as well as buses.
Bus stops are identified by a blue pole or a pink pole. Blue poles signify routes heading away from Hamilton, the capital at the center of the islands, and pink poles mark routes headed toward Hamilton.
Until automobiles came to Bermuda, islanders relied on horse-drawn carriages for transportation. Today, they're more about romantic sightseeing rides. Carriages operate from the passenger terminal on Front Street in Hamilton, King’s Square in St. George’s, and Royal Naval Dockyard adjacent King's Wharf. Rides start around $40 per half-hour for up to four guests.
A fast, fun, reliable way to travel during your Bermuda island cruise is on the Sea Express ferry system. Ferries are clean, spacious, air-conditioned, and efficient. You get to view the beautiful islands from a unique vantage point. You even get to bring your bike or moped on board.
Start at Royal Naval Dockyard (King's Wharf) and hop on the Blue route to Hamilton, leaving every hour, arriving in 20 minutes. Take the Orange route to St. George's, leaving every couple hours, arriving in an hour. Pink and Green routes serve other communities—Cavello Bay, Hamilton, Paget, Rockaway, Warwick, and Watford Bridge. Tokens, tickets, and passes are the same as for buses.
Sun on your face, wind in your hair—a moped may be just the ticket to get around Bermuda on your own schedule. Stop on a whim to check out a beckoning beach, quaint little alley, or boutique shop.
Plenty of cycle liveries operate here, especially near King's Wharf during Bermuda cruise season. Oleander Cycles has locations around the islands, with standard scooters around $55 a day—less for multiple days—including helmet, lock, insurance, training, and breakdown service.
Be 16 or older, obey the speed limit of 20 mph, and above all, stay on the left side of the road. Also, remember to wear a shirt, or an officer may reprimand you.
Visitors may find that taxis are the most convenient mode of travel in Bermuda, and some drivers are also qualified tour guides. Taxis are outfitted with meters and rate cards, the rates are fixed by law, and the base fare includes up to four passengers. Rates are slightly higher from midnight to 6 a.m., on Sundays, and on public holidays.