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Your key questions for any destination:
Do I need a car in Bermuda?
Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.
That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!
- The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
- How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
- Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
- Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?
Is it worth hiring a car in Bermuda?
This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Bermuda car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.
How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Bermuda with other destinations locally and around the world.
This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.
Should I rent a car in Bermuda?
This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Bermuda, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.
Can I even rent a car in Bermuda?
Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season.
We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.
Bermuda is in car rental price band: 10/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)
General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Bermuda?
Possibly for one day only. Only light electric vehicles (eg Twizzy) available. Fixed rates and very high prices compared to elsewhere.
Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Bermuda between the peak and the off peak season?
5/10 (0 = stable prices)
Driving score: 1/10
Non car score:4/10
(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)
General comment -
Our Bermuda car hire advice really is as simple as it can be – you won’t want to get one, you won’t need to get one, and even if you did, is impossible to get one anyway.
Bermuda is simply as far as any destination can possibly get in terms of offering advice not to get a hire car, because there simply are no facilities for this.
Why? Visiting Bermuda using a hire car
Why do you need a car in Bermuda ?
Given that Bermuda is an extremely densely populated island, where nowhere is very far from anywhere else, it’s unsurprising that the Bermudan government simply haven’t allowed any car hire facilities to be developed at the island’s airport just on the edge of Hamilton.
Why not? Visiting Bermuda without a car
Why don't you need a car in Bermuda ?
The reasons for this should all be entirely self-explanatory – not only does Bermuda have an extremely limited road network, but the nature of how the roads, bridges and causeways have been developed simply means there is little space for any kind of road expansion, and many the roads are already extremely narrow.
Just because car hire in Bermuda isn’t possible, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the island has some sort of amazing public transport system, in fact far from it. Getting around is a simple question of using local buses, tour buses, taxis and of course you own two feet!
Verdict – no (not possible).
Ratings: How does Bermuda compare?
Is it worth hiring a car in Bermuda? TBC
This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Bermuda, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.
How does this compare if:
You are travelling:
Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc
Does car rental make sense on different budgets?
Do you need to hire a car in Bermuda? TBC
This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Bermuda (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".
Should you rent a car in Bermuda? TBC
This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good.
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Hiring | Driving | Parking
Trains | Buses | Local travel
Car hire basics:
Public transportation basics:
Regular bus services: YES
Coach (inter-city): YES
High Speed Rail:
Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):
As you start ....
Does Bermuda airport have a direct rail link?
(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No
Has our advice for Bermuda car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?
2017 - 0
2019 - 0
2021 - 2
Average score - 1
Do you or don't you need a car in Bermuda ?