For carefree travel around the island, visitors and residents alike take advantage of the island's bus and ferry systems. Buses offer a quick way to get to attractions, while the ferry offers a fun experience on the water and views aplenty.
The island's buses are frequent, plentiful and service most areas of interest. You can't miss them – they're pink with blue stripes.
The island has 11 bus routes and 14 bus zones, each one covering about 2mi / 3.2km. Most buses leave from the Central Terminal on Washington Street, next to City Hall in the City of Hamilton.
Tips for Riding the Bus
- Bus passengers must have exact change in coins. If you don't want to deal with exact change, you can purchase bus tickets and passes at the Ferry Terminal or any post office. Transportation passes, available from one day up to seven days of unlimited use on the island's buses and ferries, are sold at the Central Terminal on Washington Street and the Visitor Information Centres in the City of Hamilton and Royal Naval Dockyard. Paying by ticket will also save you a little bit of money on the individual fare.
- During the morning and evening commute, the buses are packed with locals. It's best to plan your trip during a less busy time of day.
- To find a bus stop, look for a pole with pink (for rides inbound to Hamilton), or blue (for rides outbound of Hamilton).
For up-to-date bus fare information, check the Department of Transportation website.
Download the bus schedule.
Four public ferry routes offer a picturesque alternative for travel around the island. All ferries depart from the Ferry Terminal on Front Street in Hamilton.
Tips for Riding the Ferry
- Cash is not accepted, so be sure to have your transportation pass, ticket or token in hand.
- The blue route stops at the Royal Naval Dockyard, Watford Bridge and Cavello Bay, all in Sandys Parish on the west end of the island.
- The pink route makes several stops in Paget and Warwick Parishes.
- The green route stops at Rockaway in Southampton Parish and Watford Bridge in Sandys Parish.
- The orange route only operates in the summer, and it stops at the Royal Naval Dockyard before continuing on to the Town of St. George.
For complete route, schedule and fare information, visit the SeaExpress Ferry Service website.
Island Transportation Pass
Avoid the hassle of carrying around exact change – take advantage of the Transportation Pass, available for one, three and seven days of unlimited use on buses and ferries. Passes are sold at the Central Terminal, the Visitors Services Centre in the City of Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard, the Town of St. George and at other authorised outlets.
List of Island Ferries
Following is a list of ferry docks and their locations. For more on all of the island’s ferries, see the SeaExpress website.
- Belmont Ferry Dock - Harbour Road, Warwick
- Cavello Bay - Long Point Lane and Scotts Hill Road, Sandys
- Darrell's Wharf - Harbour Road between Morgan Road and Cobb’s Hill Road, Paget
- Dockyard Wharf - Dockyard Terrace, Sandys
- Hamilton Ferry Terminal - 8 Front Street, Pembroke, City of Hamilton
- Hodson's Ferry - Harbour Road and Chapel Road, Paget
- Lower Ferry - Harbour Road, Paget
- Rockaway - Tribe Road No. 5, Southampton
- Salt Kettle - 10 Salt Kettle Road, Paget
- St. George's Ferry Dock - Water Street and King Street, St. George’s
- Watford Bridge - Watford Bridge, Mangrove Bay Road, Sandys