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Bermuda Travel Basics & Tips

Find out the basic essentials, including time zones, currency, electricity, telecommunications and visitor information centre locations.

South Shore Bermuda

First-time visitors to the island of Bermuda will find the travel information below especially helpful. 

Zika Virus

There is no known local transmission of Zika virus in Bermuda because the most capable mosquito species to transmit the virus, the Aedes aegypti, is not found on the island. Bermuda has one of the most comprehensive mosquito control programmes in the world. The Bermuda Tourism Authority continues to monitor the situation with appropriate local and international health authorities. 

At this time, travel to Bermuda is as safe and as easy as it’s always been. For travellers concerned about visiting destinations where Zika has been identified, Bermuda is an ideal location for upcoming meetings and events.

Bermuda Visitor Information Centres

For brochures, guides and some personal insight to help you get exploring, drop in to one of three Visitor Information Centres below. The staff has a wealth of knowledge, from directions and phone numbers to their favourite spots on the island. You can also order or download guides and maps direct from this website and view recommendations from our Island Insiders.

City of Hamilton

8 Front St. next to the Ferry Terminal
City of Hamilton
Pembroke Parish
Tel: +1 (441) 295-1480
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: facebook.com/bermudavic

Royal Naval Dockyard

Visitors' Courtyard
Royal Naval Dockyard
Sandys Parish
Tel: +1 (441) 296-9400
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: facebook.com/bermudavic

Town of St. George

7 King's Street
Town of St. George
St. George's Parish
Tel: +1 (441) 297-0556
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: facebook.com/bermudavic

Currency & Banking

  • Legal tender on the island is the Bermuda Dollar, which trades at the same rate as the U.S. dollar and carries the same symbol ($).
  • Bermuda and the U.S. Dollar are accepted interchangeably. When dispensing change, most retailers and businesses will try to provide change in U.S. dollars to visitors.
  • Canadian dollars, British pounds and other foreign currencies need to be exchanged at local banks.
  • ATMs are widely available. Find 24-hour ATMs at HSBC Bermuda, Butterfield Bank and Clarien Limited. Check convenience stores, gas stations or your hotel for the ATM nearest you. Most ATMs dispense only Bermuda dollars. HSBC Bermuda does offer US Cash ATM's at their branch locations. 
  • Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Money Orders & Travellers' Cheques

Due to recent changes in the laws (the U.S. Patriot Act and the Bank Secrecy Act), travellers’ cheques and money orders in U.S. Dollars have not been accepted in Bermuda since March 1, 2014. As they can be purchased for cash with no identification required, there has been increasing use of these instruments in fraudulent financial transactions.

Telecommunications

Though Bermuda may be small in size, its international telecommunication system ranks among the best in the world for reliability, quality and sophistication.

The island provides telephone, fax, Internet, wireless and wireless roaming services.

Bermuda's country code is 441. Direct dialling is possible to and from the island.

Pay Phones & Calling Cards

Worldwide and international prepaid calling cards can be purchased locally. Many shops and hotels sell prepaid phone cards usable at public phones.

Local calls at public phones cost BM50 cents. Payphones do not accept any type of credit card. Long-distance phone calls can be made with a calling card.

Mobile Phones

Most mobile phones will work on the island; ask your carrier ahead of time to make sure. To avoid excessive roaming charges, many visitors rent mobile phones.

Electricity

The electrical current in Bermuda is 110 volts, 60Hz AC, which is the same voltage supported by the U.S. and Canada. 

Travellers from the U.K. and Europe will need to use an adapter since two-pronged plugs are in use island-wide.

Time Zone

Standard Time in Bermuda is Greenwich Mean Time minus four hours. In other words, the clocks on our island read:

  • One hour ahead of New York
  • Two hours ahead of Chicago
  • Four hours ahead of Los Angeles
  • Four hours behind London
  • Five hours behind Rome
  • Five hours behind Munich

Daylight Savings Time is from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

General Post Office

The main post office is located in the City of Hamilton at:

56 Church St.
Hamilton HM 12 
Tel: +1 (441) 297-7893 
Fax: +1 (441) 292-1928

Operating Hours

Mon. through Fri. 8 am to 5 pm 
Sat. 8 am to 12 pm