Renting a Scooter in Bermuda: The Definitive Guide to Bermuda Transportation for Visitors

Bermuda Transportation

Renting a scooter in Bermuda is a lot of fun, but it’s also useful to help get around the island. When visiting Bermuda, you will quickly discover that car rentals on the island are non-existent. Thankfully, you won’t need to rent a car in Bermuda as there are plenty of other quick and easy ways to get around the island. In this Bermuda transportation guide, I’ll tell you all about scooter rentals in Bermuda, public transportation in Bermuda, and all the ways you can get from point A to point B.

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Why You Can’t Rent a Car in Bermuda

Only residents of Bermuda are permitted to drive cars, and citizens are limited to owning one car.  As Bermuda has a smaller land mass, there really isn’t too much room for many vehicles. Limiting the amount of cars on the road reduces the volume of traffic, particularly coming in and out of the main city of Hamilton. Many visitors aren’t used to driving on the left side of the road, plus the roads tend to be a bit narrow and winding, so it is as much a safety precaution as anything.

Renting a Scooter in Bermuda

Renting a scooter in Bermuda - Riding down Front Street in Hamilton

Scooter rentals in Bermuda are the most flexible choice offering the most freedom. You can ride wherever you like, whenever you like. Renting a scooter in Bermuda is an easy process, but it’s all up to your comfort level. Many Bermudians ride scooters around, even more than cars. To rent a scooter in Bermuda, you’ll need to be 18 years old and wear a helmet when you ride it (you don’t need to have a driver’s license).

In Bermuda, they drive on the left. If you aren’t familiar with doing so, it can be a challenge. You’ll need to exercise plenty of caution when driving a scooter in Bermuda. Be prepared to allow lots of people to pass you on the road.

We rented our scooters from Smatts Cycle Livery as it was located directly next door to our hotel, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Many cycle liveries will happily provide a pick up and drop off service at your hotel if you aren’t nearby (inquire in advance about this). Neither of us had any experience riding scooters. We had a quick safety lesson and a practice run. After a quick ride down the road and back, we were pretty much ready to go.

What to Know About Scooter Rentals in Bermuda

Scooter Rentals in Bermuda for travelers and visitors

If you decide to rent Bermuda scooters, please be cautious and stay safe. It can be dangerous at times. There are many roundabouts, narrow roadways, and steep hills. I advise against renting one if there are high winds or if the roads are slippery from the rain.

Bermuda moped rentals are capped, meaning that they won’t go as fast as regular scooters. Keep in mind that other motorists will pass you on the road. Don’t worry, they’ll go around you. It will be pretty obvious that you’re a tourist!

Bermuda moped rentals - Renting a scooter in Bermuda
Bermuda transportation: Bermuda scooter rentals for tourists

It’s always a good idea to bring a backup map with you, just in case your cell signal stops working. At the very least, download an offline version of the Google Maps for Bermuda. You can also pick up a free paper map when renting a scooter in Bermuda (Smatts had them available for free). And lastly, be sure to fill the scooter back up with gas before you return it. Just like a car rental, there can be additional charges if you don’t.

A map of Bermuda while riding scooters

When we rented our scooters, we drove around the city of Hamilton (including a two-lane roundabout…yikes!) and eventually made our way to Spanish Point. Justin and I only had a couple of hours with our scooter rentals in Bermuda. The weather was acting funny in the morning (it was very windy), but the weather was more favorable in the afternoon. Renting scooters in Bermuda was our final activity before departing the island later that evening. We had a blast riding all over the place, and we’d love to try it again on a return visit.

Renting an Electric Car in Bermuda

When we visited the island, Bermuda moped rentals were the only transportation choice available to tourists. However, a couple of years back, the country has allowed car rentals…well, sort of. Visitors to the island can now rent a Renault Twizy, an electric vehicle that looks like a small car but operates more like a fancy golf cart. With maximum speeds of 45km/hour, you won’t exactly fly down the streets, but it seems a little safer than scooters in Bermuda. I’d absolutely love to return to Bermuda to take an electric car out for a spin.

Taking the City Bus in Bermuda

Public transportation in Bermuda: Taking the city bus

Taking public transportation in Bermuda is very easy and there are bus routes running all over the island. This form of public transportation is safe and reliable. You can easily look up the bus schedule online. Rates are based on where you are traveling (in zones). You can purchase tokens from the bus station.

You can also buy a visitor transportation pass for one, two, three, four, or seven days (monthly passes are even available). It’s an unlimited pass for the buses and the ferries, no matter where you’re headed. Here is the official website for Bermuda transportation.

We took a bus from the Central Terminal in Hamilton (on Washington Street) to the Crystal Caves. It was very easy to figure out the bus system in Bermuda. The bus driver also alerted us when we reached our stop (we asked if he didn’t mind letting us know, and he politely obliged).

Ferries in Bermuda

Taking the ferry in Bermuda

Another great way to get around is by using Bermuda’s ferry service. There are four ferry routes that travel between Hamilton and several perishes in Bermuda. You can easily get to the Royal Naval Dockyard, Southampton, and St. George’s by ferry. While we never used the public ferry, we did use a free ferry service for guests of the two Fairmont hotels, which operated between both properties. This was a great option for getting to Horseshoe Bay Beach as a complimentary shuttle also ran between the hotel and the beach.

Taxis: The Easiest and Most Expensive Choice

Taxis are available to drive you anywhere you’d like. They’re also very expensive. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you! This might be a very convenient way, but it will cost you. There are a few occasions where you’ll have to take a taxi: getting to and from the airport is the main one.

With that said, our taxi drivers were always very friendly and helpful. When we were picked up at the airport, our driver gave us a great introduction to Bermuda as we drove towards our hotel. We chatted and asked the taxi drivers any random questions along the way, and they happily answered them for us. If you decide to rent a scooter or an electric car and the rental company isn’t near your hotel, you might need to have a taxi transport your luggage to your accommodation. As I mentioned previously, our hotel was next door to a scooter rental company, so this wasn’t an issue for us.

Hitchhiking: The Option We Didn’t Try

It’s actually very popular for locals to hitchhike all over Bermuda. While I am sure that some savvy travelers out there would give this a shot, Justin and I opted not to go hitchhiking in Bermuda. Maybe if we were a little more familiar with the island, we’d think about trying it…but I am personally a little too nervous to do it. Bermuda is a very safe island, so perhaps you’ll have the courage to give it a shot?

There are lots of ways to get around Bermuda without having to rely on a car. It’s even possible to walk or rent a bicycle if you aren’t going too far. Renting a scooter in Bermuda was a total blast and really added to our experience. Public transportation in Bermuda is a solid option, so take the city bus and the ferries all over the place.

Want to learn more interesting tidbits about Bermuda? Check out my article featuring the top 10 things you need to know before you visit Bermuda!

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13 Responses

  1. Paul
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    This was really helpful. Thanks for the post.

  2. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
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    I will be heading to Bermuda this spring, so wonderful to know about all of the transportation options that I have :D Thanks guys!

  3. Chris Boothman
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    Ah renting good old scooters! This brings back so many memories of my one-time renting a scooter in Benidorm, Spain during a university lads trip with two of my friends from UK. We had a pretty late night out the previous day and then headed to the rental spot to pick up our scooters. The rental guy in broken English asked if I had ever rode a scooter before and I shook my head and he said, “Oh you will be fine”…I was after the first 15 minutes when I figured out the easiest way to turn those things. I think it was just my juvenile stupidity at the time but soon after realizing you just have to lean with the way you are turning to make it easier, I was fine.

    Definitely think this would be cool to do in Bermuda and a great way to get out and explore the surroundings!

  4. Tam Gamble
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    We have always hired scooters when travelling through the Greek Islands, it seemed like a easier way to travel than using the, often cramped, buses on offer. When in other countries we have experienced public transport but often opt for car hire just so that we have the freedom to see the country for ourselves rather than sticking to a timetable.

    • Lauren
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      Sometimes scooters are the best option…I would say that they’re a great idea here unless the weather conditions are less than favorable. As long as you’re careful! The buses here weren’t busy at all, so they’re a great idea though they might take a bit longer than riding a scooter on your own terms.

  5. kami
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    I would be soooo afraid to drive a scooter (even if the world around looks so beautiful from it!) Good that they have other decent options available :)

    • Lauren
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      There are lots of other options, something for everyone! I highly recommend taking the public bus or ferries. They are cheap and very reliable!

  6. Megan Claire
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    This looks like so much fun! They had quad bikes as the main way to get around on Easter Island while we were there, and while I’ve never ridden a scooter, I’m assuming it would be just as fun! So cool!

    • Lauren
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      Ooh a quad bike! That sounds like fun!

  7. Alli
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    I was going to ride scooters in SE Asia, but was thoroughly warned by both locals and tour guide operators that i would not return alive! I guess it is just super dangerous in some regions of the world based on hilly terrain and sharp turns, etc. I still would love to scooter somewhere like you guys did, just in a more safer terrain hehe! :)

    • Lauren
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      I think it can be dangerous in a lot of places. We were warned it was dangerous here, too, which it can be. I think it all depends on the weather conditions, where you go, and if you know how to ride them. With that said, it was our first time riding them around and we didn’t go to very busy or hilly spots, so we were totally fine. I think next time we’re in Bermuda, we’ll be comfortable riding them all over the place. If it’s really windy or raining though, I wouldn’t recommend it!

  8. Marissa | Little Things Travel Blog
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    I have not ridden a scooter, but I will say you sure make it look classy in that cute dress!! Haha I think the scooter option seems like the most fun :) I’m loving the new logo and look of the site!

    • Lauren
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      Oh thank you! It was actually a long top that I wore over shorts, but it does look a bit like a dress :) I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to ride a scooter in a dress as a breeze might come by and …yikes! :) It is really fun to ride the scooters around, and I’m glad you like the site’s new look! Thank you!

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