If you’ve decided on a trip to Bermuda, you will not be disappointed. It’s a tiny island that packs a big, beautiful punch! There are a few different ways to get around when you’re visiting the island, but we found the best option for us was renting a Twizy Car in Bermuda. It was easy to operate and navigate, safer than a moped, and enabled us to explore almost the whole island during our stay! Check out this post for more pictures from our trip to Bermuda. If you’re thinking about renting a Twizy Car in Bermuda, keep reading to see if it’s a good choice for you!
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Why not just rent a regular car?
Tourists are actually prohibited from renting cars in Bermuda. From speaking with some of the locals, we actually found out that each household in Bermuda is strictly limited to one car (although I believe they can have a moped as well). These laws help to prevent overcrowding on the roads of this small island.
So what are the options for getting around?
Public Bus System
We’ve heard that the public bus system in Bermuda is very reliable and easy to use, although we did not use it at all during our trip. Here is a link for more official information about the Bermuda bus system – https://www.gov.bm/bus .
We did use a taxi a few times, and the rates were fairly reasonable. This might be a good option if you don’t plan on moving around a lot during your trip.
This was by far the most common way that we saw other tourists getting around while we were in Bermuda.
Electric Two-Seater Cars (like the Twizy)
These electric cars are a relatively new option. Up until 2017, the only ways to get around Bermuda were by taxi, moped rental, or the public bus system. According to bermuda-online.org, in 2017 “some local laws were relaxed at the insistence of the America’s Cup event held in Bermuda.” Because of these recent changes, tourists can now rent two-seater electric vehicles like the Twizy.
Pros and Cons of Renting a Twizy Car in Bermuda
Easily explore the whole island
For us, this was the biggest benefit of renting a Twizy car in Bermuda. We were able to explore most of the island quite easily. It made such a difference to be able to see all of the beautiful locations around the island. You will not be disappointed! Check out this post for more pictures from our adventures around Bermuda.
Safer than mopeds
Has seat belts for both seats and an airbag for the driver.
Speed limit for the whole island is a maximum of 22mph or 35km/h.
Electric charging (eco-friendly)
Lots of charging points around the island.
Gas was over $8.00USD per gallon when we were there.
Charge lasts 55 miles (depending on the terrain and how you drive), and Bermuda is 22miles end to end. The dashboard display tells you how many miles you have left on the battery.
The Current Vehicles app shows locations for many charging points around the island. There are public hubs at some of the beaches and parks, and there are some hubs at restaurants that you can use while you’re eating at the restaurant.
Many rental properties have charging hubs installed. Both of the AirBnbs we rented had charging hubs on the grounds.
Easy (and fun) to operate and navigate on Bermuda’s narrow, winding roads
It is very simple to operate a Twizy with the forward/reverse switch on the dashboard.
You don’t have to wear a helmet (a huge pro for me and my fellow germophobes lol)
Uncomfortable for second passenger
Hard to get into and out of back seat. As a disclaimer I was 5 months pregnant at the time.
Uncomfortable seat during longer drives. I found that a folded up beach towel helped make it a little more comfortable.
Our Twizy did have an AUX plug for your phone if you remember to bring an AUX cable.
Minimal room for luggage
We pack pretty minimally and we still barely had enough room for our two backpacks. As you can see in the picture below, your luggage has to go on either side of the driver between the seat and the door. There is no trunk or rear storage behind the passenger seat. We used our favorite bags on this trip – Osprey Farpoint 40 backpacks that we use with packing cubes.
Check out this post for some tips on how to pack light.
You can avoid this inconvenience by waiting to rent a Twizy until after you’ve checked into wherever you’re staying.
More expensive than moped rental
Twizy rentals cost $100 per day (plus a $40 fee per rental period).
Moped rentals cost about $50 per day.
Open air (no windows)
Although I also count this as a pro (hello ocean breeze!), you can’t really lock anything in the car during day trips or when you are in-between rental locations. There is a glovebox-size compartment that does lock if you have something small-ish that you want to leave in the car. It’s probably large enough for a couple of wallets and sunglasses, although we didn’t use it at all because the lock didn’t feel very secure.
I hope this information has been helpful if you are deciding whether or not to rent a Twizy car in Bermuda! Comment below if you have any questions.