The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
Bus transportation is one of the three most used methods of traveling to Hamilton and all around the island. The color of Bermuda's buses is so unsual you cannot fail to notice them!! They are Pink and Blue!! Even though we did not use the bus to travel to Hamilton, it is very obvious that many people, both locals and tourists, do.
There is a fairly large, covered bus terminal in Hamilton located just next to City Hall, and this centralized location is advantageous to both the local workforce as well as for tourists for coming into and leaving the city.
The Bermuda bus routes are divided into 14 zones of about 2 miles each. The bus fare depends on how many zones you will be traveling through at any given time. Don't be caught without the right currency when taking a pink bus --- for paying bus fares in cash, you will need to tender the exact fare in coins. Paper money or "Notes" are never acceptable. The only other form of acceptable payment is tokens.
Bus passes are sold at different venues in varying lengths of time: a 1day, 2day, 3day, 4day pass or weekly pass. There are two important benefits to buying passes: They are the best value when you intend to ride more than once or twice a day and are good for any number of zones; AND the passes and tokens also work for Bermuda Ferries!! Our 2-day pass cost us $20 per person (2011 price). Note: 2011 prices - adult fare for a 3 zone trip is $3 or a 14 zone trip is $4.50.
Know Your Poles
It is very IMPORTANT to know that bus stops are marked by shelters and/or metal poles. If the pole is pink, this indicates that the stop is for buses heading into Hamilton; whereas if it is blue, the stop serves buses heading away from Hamilton. NOTE: some of these poles are nearly hidden by foliage as seen with the blue pole in the photo below.
Probably one of the fastest methods for traveling from one point to another in Bermuda is by using their excellent ferry system. We used the ferries operated by "Sea Express" on 2 of the 3 days during our visit and always found them fast, efficient and very comfortable. All rides are usually 45 minutes or less. We traveled by ferry from the Royal Naval Dockyard to the City of Hamilton, and to St. George's. Although the lines of passengers sometimes seemed rather long, usually the ferry could more than accommodate everyone. We paid $20 each for a 2-day pass for unlimited travel good on the ferries as well as the pink buses (2011 price).
Outside seating on the upper deck was delightful. Seating inside the cabin was comfortable as well and shielded the passenger from high winds, a rain shower or the hot sun. On one of our rides, "live music" was on board in the person of a gentleman who sang and played Caribbean music on a keyboard!!
I did not see either beverages or food being sold on board.
From the experience we had, the following info. from the "Experience Bermuda" website seems to be accurate: "There are three year-round ferry routes: Pink Route, Hamilton-Paget-Warwick ($2.50 each way); Green Route, Hamilton-Rockaway ($4 each way); and Blue Route, Hamilton - "
"West End to Somerset and Dockyard ($4 each way). A seasonal service operates from April 6 to Nov. 1 from Dockyard to St. George's (Orange Route, $4 each way). In addition, there are five high-speed catamarans, which serve the longer routes to Dockyard and Rockaway, as well as St. George's. Moving at a speed of up to 32 knots, each boat is modern and comfortable, with a capacity of 200 or more passengers. The catamarans carry cycles at a cost of $4. Please ensure you have purchased your tickets, tokens or passes in advance to travel on all routes, since cash is not accepted. The most popular method of payment for visitors is the Transportation Pass, good for unlimited rides on the bus and ferry system. Passes are available for one day ($12), two days ($20), three days ($28), four days ($35), seven days ($45) or one month ($55). Reduced prices are available for children ages 5-16 ($2); children under 5 ride free."
Only transportation passes, tickets and tokens are acceptable (not cash).
Ferry terminals are located along the water front in Hamilton, St. George's and the Royal Naval Dockyard and are hard to miss. Signs also help point the way.
NOTE: Schedules may change during the Winter months.
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