Driving in Bermuda

Motorbikes are the only vehicles visitors should be driving on Bermuda


With no rental car service available, visitors to Bermuda are often enticed by motorbikes. Road conditions are very good throughout the region, but outside larger towns and cities, visitors should watch for narrow roads that may not have much shoulder.

Drivers stay to the left-hand side of the road, making conditions more hazardous for vacationers from America and many other parts of the world. Use particular caution when driving at night.  Speed limits all over the island are low: 15 mph in the main city of Hamilton, 20 mph in the countryside. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is another concern and a good reason to observe speed limits and road signs.

Because rental vehicles are not allowed in Bermuda, tourists will have to find other ways to get around.  The typical go to for travelers who still want to be in control of their own transportation are bikes and mopeds.  Because even the largest cities on the island remain uncongested, these smaller vehicles do well as a main mode of getting around.  If you decide to go this route, know that helmets are required by law.

Public transportation is another valid option.  Buses are popular amongst tourists and locals alike, praised for their bountiful routes and low fares, and unlike in some other Caribbean nations, run not only in the city but to the countryside when passengers present themselves.  Note that when you pay for your bus ride, no change will be given, and you must pay in coins or token.  Bus tokens are also valid for ferry rides, which is another way you can get around the island.

One final option for transportation is a taxi.  Although hailing a cab can sometimes be a necessity with the lack of rental cars, Bermuda is known for their low rates and friendly drivers.  If you want to tour the island via cab, many drivers are willing to do so for around $40(USD) an hour.

Vacationers who opt to drive in Bermuda may be pleasantly surprised by the courtesy shown by native drivers. Taking a few minutes to observe local customs can be valuable and will help take the stress out of driving in an unfamiliar place.