Getting Around Bermuda
The best way to get around Bermuda is on a bus. You don't have the option of renting a car here and maneuvering with a motorbike could be fun or deadly, depending on your perspective. The taxis pretty much have a monopoly on getting you from L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA) to your hotel, but this budget-killing option for sightseeing is not your best bet. Fortunately, the buses are reliable and affordable, and stop at many of the top attractions.
Many people arrive at Bermuda on a cruise ship. Most dock in Hamilton, though there are a few that anchor around Historic St. George or the Royal Naval Dockyard. Taxi drivers are waiting at all the docks to show you around, or you could rent a motorbike to move around on your own.
|Taxi||The downside to taking a taxi is the cost. Cab fares are either per hour (starting around $50 for one to four passengers) or per distance traveled (for one to four passengers, the meter starts around $8 and each additional mile costs about $3). Also, the cabs are abundant since visitors aren't allowed to have cars. Feel free to hail one off the street. If you don't spot one, ask around; hotels, restaurants and shop owners are more than willing to call one for you. Drivers are fairly knowledgeable about their islands and many of them will give you a tour if you ask. The taxis displaying a blue flag are specifically for tours.|
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It usually takes travelers only one trip in the expensive taxis, sitting in ridiculous traffic, to realize that there isn't a comfortable way of moving around Bermuda. Driving a motorbike might seem scary (roads are narrow and there are one too many blind curves), but this is a fairly affordable option if you dislike the cabs. You don't need a license to drive, but you must be at least 16 years old, and remember: Bermudians drive on the left. There are several companies around the islands that offer rentals; cost of the bikes start anywhere from $40 to $55 for the first day.
You'll find the island-wide bus an excellent, hassle-free way to see Bermuda. Routes go from the outer parishes to Hamilton and back, with stops at several tourist sites along the way. And they're color-coded; to go to Hamilton, look out for the pink pole. If you want to leave Hamilton, stand by the blue one. Fare is determined by zone; the main island has 14 zones and it costs $3.50 to travel up to three zones or $5 for more than three. You'll need to carry exact change or use tokens, which are sold at bus terminals and hotels. You can get a bus schedule in the visitors centers.
To sit back and enjoy the Bermudian sights, you can take a ferry. The government-operated boats cross the Great Sound between Hamilton and Sandys parish and from Hamilton to the parishes of Paget and Warwick (where a lot of the hotels are located). One-way fare varies from $2.75 to $5, depending on age and route. And just like the bus, you'll need to pay with tokens or exact change.
Entry & Exit Requirements
You'll need a valid passport to travel to Bermuda and you'll have to present proof of return flights or continuing travels. Also, expect a departure tax upon leaving. Occasionally, officials will also ask to see proof of sufficient funds to cover your visiting expenses. Visiting yachts need customs, immigration and health clearance at St. George's port to visit Bermuda, and yachters should expect a passenger tax. Visit the State Department's website for the latest information on foreign entry and exit requirements.