Hamilton is the capital city and the most central of the large cities on the island of Bermuda. As such, the city sees quite a lot of tourism each year, not only from people who arrive directly into town via cruise ship, but those who long to the northeast in St. George's as well. Once in town, there are plenty of options for getting from place to place.
The only direct transportation option to Hamilton is to cruise aboard a small cruise ship; however, on a small island such as Bermuda, getting to your final destination is hardly a challenge. For that reason, it is easy to plan to fly or sail into St. George's and then make the trip into the capital city.
Due to safety and pollution concerns, tourists are not permitted to rent vehicles on this tiny eco-friendly island. Instead, taxis, the public bus system, and ferries serve as the only way to get around Hamilton. Visitors have the option to sticking to one, or trying them all.
Hamilton is located approximately 30 minutes away from the island's only airport, Saint Georges Parish. Once operating as an air field for foreign military, now it serves as the main gateway for visitors hoping to relax on the beautiful beaches of Bermuda. Direct flights as possible from around the world, but you have to know where to look to find the best deals. If you want to learn more about flying into Bermuda and this notable airport, read our specialized guide on Air Travel to Hamilton here.which makes its home in
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Located closer to Virginia and the Carolinas than the actual Caribbean, Bermuda is a popular spot for American yachts and sailors to venture to. With its numerous marinas and docking, wonderful dining, and selection of entertainment, Bermuda's capital city is a great place to dock and have fun.
Between three and four thousand tourists sail to Bermuda each year as passengers of cruise ships. There are three ports on the island, one of which is located directly in Hamilton. This port is only capable of handling smaller cruise ships of less than 700 feet in length, so if you'd like to sail directly to Hamilton, you'll have to be on the lookout for a premium cruise line such as Princess with Hamilton listed as a port of call. St. George Cruise Terminal is another cruise port that can only accommodate smaller ships. Occasionally, mega cruise lines will plan a trip to either of these ports and simply tender off shore; however, it is more common for them to dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Cruise season typically runs from April to November, and the summer months are especially popular. Hamilton Cruise Terminal is located directly in the center of Hamilton, so cruisers can get off the ship and walk around with great ease. If you'd prefer a ride, ...more are readily available just outside the cruise port terminal.
Bermuda is one of the only islands in the Caribbean in which taxis are metered; however, there are still rather strict regulations in place to prevent tourists from being swindled out of extra money, and to ensure drivers are fairly compensated. The unique thing about taxis here is that each cab is individually owned and operated so drivers tend to run on their own schedule. Find out more about pricing and services offered by Hamilton's taxi drivers when you click here.
Although the public bus system is more expensive than most other places in the entire region, at between $3 and $4.50(USD) a person, it is still less pricey than the alternative of hailing a cab every time you need a ride. There are a few tips you should know to help make navigating Hamilton by bus an easier task. To learn these tips, and some other useful information, read our guide on Hamilton's Bus Transportaion.
In most cases, especially during rush hour, taking a ferry can be a faster and certainly more scenic way to get from place to place as you explore the island. A sail from Hamilton to the Royal Naval Dockyard, for example, is just a 20 minute trip, while the ride on a bus would take an hour or more thanks to the stops it makes. Because the price is comparable, tourists will end up heading to the ocean to see if a ferry is available. The downside is that services are not as frequent, so you may have to make your plans around the schedule. You can find said ferry schedule, as well as rates and other important details about taking a ferry in Hamilton when you click here.
Air, sea, and land transportation options about in Hamilton. Now that you've had a chance to review all of your choices, it is time to make decisions regarding how you will get to and around this centrally located city.
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