Getting to Bermuda
Bermuda is one of the easiest Caribbean destinations to reach from the United States, with one of the shortest flight times. Here's what to expect if you're taking a nonstop flight to Bermuda from any of these East Coast cities:
Atlanta: 2.5 hours
Boston: Under 2 hours
Chicago: 3 hours
New York: Under 2 hours
Orlando: 2.5 hours
Multiple U.S. airlines, including American Airlines (www.united.com) offer nonstop or connecting flights to Bermuda International Airport from most major U.S. cities.
To enter Bermuda, U.S. travelers must pass through immigration and customs and will need to show a return ticket as well as a valid passport. A driver's license alone is not accepted as proof of citizenship. For U.S. travelers without a passport, a birth certificate (with a raised seal or official stamp) and government-issued photo ID is usually acceptable if accompanied by a U.S. re-entry permit, U.S. naturalization certificate, and/or a U.S. permanent resident card (as applicable).
If you're entering from a country other than the United States or you don't have a valid U.S. passport, contact the Bermuda Immigration Authority (441-295-5151, www.bdatanks.bm/tanks/immigration_regs.pdf) prior to your arrival to determine what you'll need to be granted entry.
Upon clearing immigration and customs, tourists will find plenty of taxis as well as airport shuttle buses outside of the baggage claim area. Depending on your destination, taxi fare from the airport to your resort will range between $10 and $25. Expect to pay a surcharge of $.25 for each piece of luggage.
Upon leaving Bermuda, air passengers must pay a $25 per-person departure tax. This fee is typically not included in the price of your airline ticket or travel package. Cruise-ship passengers pay a $60 passenger tax, but this fee is collected by the cruise-ship company in advance.
Bermuda is also a popular port of call among cruise ships sailing the Caribbean. Celebrity Cruise Line's Zenith and Horizon ships, Norwegian Cruise Line's Majesty and Crown, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises’ Navigator and Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas all make regular stops in Bermuda.