Bermuda's pink and blue buses travel the island from east to west. To find a bus stop outside Hamilton, look for either a stone shelter or a pink or blue pole. For buses heading to Hamilton, the pole is pink; for those traveling away from Hamilton, the pole is blue. Remember to wait on the proper side of the road. Driving in Bermuda is on the left. Bus drivers will not make change, so purchase tickets or discounted tokens or carry plenty of coins.
In addition to public buses, private minibuses serve St. George's. The minibus fare depends on the destination, but you won't pay more than $5 or $6. Minibuses, which you can flag down, drop you wherever you want to go in this parish. They operate daily from about 7:30 am to 11 pm. Smoking is not permitted on buses.
Bermuda is divided into 14 bus zones, each about 2 miles long. Within the first three zones, the rate is $3.50 (coins only). For longer distances, the fare is $5. If you plan to travel by public transportation often, buy a booklet of tickets (15 14-zone tickets for $37.50, or 15 three-zone tickets for $25). You can also buy a few tokens, which, unlike tickets, are sold individually. In addition to tickets and tokens, there are one-, two-, three-, four-, and seven-day adult passes ($19, $31.50, $44, $48.50, and $62, respectively). Monthly passes are also available. All bus passes are good for ferry service and are available at the central bus terminal. Tickets and passes are also sold at many hotels and guesthouses.
Hamilton buses arrive and depart from the Central Bus Terminal. An office here is open weekdays from 7:15 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 6:30 pm, and Sunday and holidays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; it's the only place to buy money-saving tokens.
Buses run about every 15 minutes, except on Sunday, when they usually come every half hour or hour, depending on the route. Bus schedules, which also contain ferry timetables, are available at the bus terminal in Hamilton and at many hotels. The timetable also offers an itinerary for a do-it-yourself, one-day sightseeing tour by bus and ferry. Upon request, the driver will be happy to tell you when you've reached your stop. Be sure to greet the bus driver when boarding—it's considered rude in Bermuda to ask a bus driver a question, such as the fare or details on your destination, without first greeting him or her.
Hop on Hop Off Bus St. George's. For $6 you can ride the bus around nine different St. George's sites including the main town and the beaches and forts. The bus departs every half hour from Penno's Wharf from 10 am to 6 pm daily. There is also a bus that explores St. David's Island. 441/707--5000.
Public Transport Bermuda. 441/292–3851; www.bermudabuses.bm.