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Bermuda has an excellent public transportation system--buses and ferries. The system is relatively convenient, reliable, well maintained, clean, usually air conditioned and relatively inexpensive (with the purchase of a one-day or multi-day TRANSPORTATION PASS). The buses and/or ferries will take visitors to--or near to--almost anywhere visitors may want to go in Bermuda. Buses and ferries also make wonderful '..raised platforms..' to see the many beauties of Bermuda--from either landward or seaward perscpectives--as you go. The only minor '..flaws..' in Bermuda's excellent public transportation system are those inherent in any public transportation system--buses and ferries travel along pre-determined routes and on pre-determined schedules and...service on some routes is either curtailed or stops running in the later evening and on Saturday & Sunday and Holidays. ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK THE SCHEDULES. The ferry schedule is seasonal - the summer schedule operates from mid April through October and the wniter schedule from November to mid April.
Passengers boarding public buses and ferries must have either a valid TRANSPORTATION PASS, TICKET, TOKEN or EXACT CHANGE in COINS ONLY (either Bermudian or U.S. coinage). NO BILLS are accepted (bus drivers do NOT make change).
For most visitors/tourists, the one-day or multi-day TRANSPORTATION PASS usually works out as the best means of accessing Bermuda's excellent public transportation system. The TRANSPORTATION PASS provides simple, convenient '..hop-on/hop-off..' access to ALL public buses and ferries in Bermuda. (the Transportation Pass is **NOT** valid for '..private..' mini-bus/jitney bus shuttle services).
An economic alternative to the TRANSPORTATION PASS for groups might be to '..share..' booklets of fifteen(15) individual TICKETS, available for sale in booklets of three(3) contiguous transportation 'zone' TICKETS...or...in booklets of fourteen(14) contiguous transportation 'zone' (island-wide) TICKETS. These may also be used on the ferries.
The TRANSPORTATION PASS, TOKENS and TICKETS are available for sale at--
--MAIN BUS TERMINAL--Hamilton--Washington St. (btwn: Church & Victoria Sts..next to City Hall)
--MAIN FERRY TERMINAL--Hamilton--Front Street (credit cards NOT accepted)
--DOCKYARD VISITORS INFORMATION CENTRE at the '..TOURS..' kiosk, located near the landward-end of the King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier (**NOT** to be confused with 'private' Dockyard-Horseshoe Bay mini-bus service pass) Tokens and multi-day passes will no longer be available at the dockyard VICs. You can only get one-day pass ($19) at dockyard. However you can continue to pay bus and ferry fares by cash in exact change (coins only).
The TRANSPORTATION PASS and TICKETS are **usually** (not always...supplies limited) at most branch offices of the Bermuda POST OFFICES situated conveniently all over Bermuda Most post office 'braches' operate 8 AM-to-5 PM Mon-thru-Fri... Closed Sat.& Sun) --
BERMUDA POST OFFICE Locations--(for Transportation Pass purchase)--
-PEROT POST OFFICE-Queen Street, Hamilton
-MAIN POST OFFICE-Reid & Parliament Streets, Hamilton
--CRAWL HILL--42 Radnor Road (near: North Shore Rd.) Hamilton Parish (not '..city..')
--FLATTS--65 Middle Road (near: Clarendon Rd., Smith's Parish
--DEVONSHIRE--2 Orange Valley Road (at: Middle Rd), Devonshire Parish
--MANGROVE BAY--3 Somerset Road (at: Beacon Hill Rd--Somerset Police Barracks) Sandys Parish
--SOUTHAMPTON--2 Church Road (at: Middle Road), Southampton Parish
--SAINT GEORGE'S--11 Water Street (on: Custons Square...across from Robinson's drug store) downtown Saint George's
--WARWICK--70 Middle Road (at: Saint Mary's Rds & Kyber Pass) Warwick Parish
In addition to the TRANSPORTATION PASS, you may also purchase booklets of BUS/FERRY TICKETS and individual Bus and Ferry TOKENS. Individual Bus and Ferry TOKENS are interchangeable for either mode of transport. (see: Bus and Ferry web sites listed below for prices and details)
The TRANSPORTATION PASSES. TICKETS and TOKENS are **NOT AVAILABLE** for sale aboard public buses or ferries.
The TRANSPORTATION PASSES, TICKETS and TOKENS are **NOT AVAILABLE** for sale at the Bermuda airport, to arriving air passengers.
LUGGAGE is **NOT** allowed aboard public buses at the airport.
Compact, folding children's strollers and wheel chairs may be carried aboard public buses.
The buses are not wheel chair accessible (special handicapped seating available). The ORANGE, BLUE and GREEN public ferry routes are wheel chair accessible. The PINK route is not (though folding chairs may be carried aboard).
Passengers may roll-aboard motor scooters on most runs of the BLUE and GREEN Route public ferries (extra fare for motor scooter required..Ferry Token required..NO cash). NO motorscooters are allowed aboard any PINK or ORANGE Route public ferries.
Bermuda is a relatively tiny place (approx. 21 sq. mi. of landmass...perhaps only 21 miles from end-to-end...perhaps 1-2 miles from shore-to-shore...perhaps 26-28 miles via narrow, serpentine roads from end-to-end...with basically three main east/west arteries) so figuring out the public bus and ferry system is NOT difficult (in a place this small it ain't '..rocket science..') All you need to figure out the system and how to make your way about Bermuda by using the public transportation system is a pocket-sized BUS & FERRY SCHEDULE brochure and a cleverly designed, free, pocket-sized BERMUDA-Handy Reference Map. BUS & FERRY SCHEDULES and BERMUDA-Handy Reference Maps are readily available at ferry terminals, VISITORS INFORMATION CENTRES...and very often at local Post Office branches and hotel front desks. Downtown Hamilton is the nexus for Bermuda's public transportation system. All public bus and ferry routes begin or end at HAMILTON (#6-Saint George's-Saint David's excepted). The Ferry Terminal is located on Front Street, the Central Bus Terminal is two blocks away on Church Street. All buses departing from Hamilton depart from the Central Bus Terminal. Bus stops are identified by stone shelters or more often simply by BLUE or PINK bus stop POLES (approx. 4" diameter x 6' high) along the side of the road. BLUE poles at bus stops indicate that the relative direction of the bus routes stopping at them is heading AWAY from downtown Hamilton. PINK poles at bus stops indicates that the relative direction od the bus routes stopping at them is heading TOWARD downtown Hamilton.
BERMUDA--Handy Reference Map--for orientation, layout, relative locations, etc--(widely available..free)
BERMUDA BUS INFORMATION--Routes, Schedules, Fares, Average Travel Times, etc--
BERMUDA FERRY INFORMATION--Routes, Schedules, Fares, Average Travel Times, etc--(web site loads slowly)--