Serving as the gateway for nearly all forms of transportation on Bermuda, this popular island destination has so many options to choose from it can seem like an overwhelming task to choose amongst them. Fortunately, these types of decisions are easily made, and what follows will help you pick when you're having trouble making the call on your own.
Saint Georges Parish serves as the main point of entry for all forms of transportation on the island. As the location of the airport, the port of entry for sailors, and one of the three ports for cruise ships, tourists who vacation in St. George's have plenty of direct transportation options.
The government of Bermuda has officially banned allowing tourists to drive rental cars on the island. Because of this, a favored transportation option amongst most seasoned travelers is completely out of the question. The good news is that this gives foreigners the opportunity to see Saint Georges Parish in a different way, and taxis, buses, and ferries offer that chance to them.
Since the transition to a public airport,has begun servicing over one million passengers each year, and can accommodate all sizes of airplanes. This encourages numerous international flights from around the world on major airlines to make daily direct trips to the island on a daily basis. Flights are available regularly from the United States, Canada, and Europe on major airlines like American Airlines, Delta, Air Canada, and British Airways.
If you want to learn the ins and outs of flying into Saint Georges Parish, be sure to head over to the specialized Air Transport Guide by clicking here.
Sailing to Bermuda can be a little tricky; it is a bit far from any other land, and is closer to South Carolina to anywhere in the Caribbean. Still, it is possible to make a voyage in the Atlantic to Bermuda. Anyone who decides to head over to Bermuda will need to go through Saint Georges Parish, as it is where customs and immigration is located. After you clear customs, you are free to set sail around Bermuda, or disembark and explore by land.
Between the months of April and November, especially during the summer months, Bermuda welcomes between three and four thousand cruise passengers to the island at one of three ports of call. St. George Cruise Terminal is one such port, however, only small cruise lines, such as Princess can dock here thanks to size limitations. The port in Hamilton has similar size restrictions, so mega cruise ships that visit the island dock nearby the Royal Naval Dockyard, or tender off shore.
Cruisers can easily walk throughout the entire town of St. George's during their day in port, however, those who require transportation will be able to find taxis and buses at the exit to the cruise terminal.
Minivans are the vehicle of choice for local cab drivers, who are all self employed, yet follow the set government regulations regarding cost and services. Although each cab is metered, the government determines the per-mile rate, and there is no point in trying to haggle with your driver for a lower rate. What you can do is ask for a tour of Saint Georges Parish if you happen to be in a vehicle with a blue flag on the roof. These drivers have been trained by the government as tour guides, and you can hire them for $10(USD) or less per person, per hour. Click here to learn more.
The extensive system will allow you to travel throughout the entire island and save money while doing so. If you think this is something you'll be interested in, you will definitely want to check out out more focused Bus Guide by clicking here.
The Bermuda Public Transportation Pass is also good for ferry transport. If you'd like to make use of this unique transportation option, head to the St. George's Ferry Dock, where you can study the route schedule, and hop on board a ferry to the opposite end of the island for a bit of exploring outside of the city. Ferries are comfortable, often air conditioned, and fast, and many tourists prefer them over the crowded buses. The have their downfalls as well, such as there are far fewer ferries scheduled each day than buses. Find out more when you click here.
After reviewing all of your options for getting to and around St. George's you are now prepared to begin planning your budget and making any necessary reservations. Thanks to the lack of rental cars, local transport must be treated differently than most other vacation destinations, but the abundance of other options makes up for the slight.
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