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Flying time to Bermuda from most East Coast cities is about 2 hours; from Toronto, 3 hours; and 7 hours from London Gatwick.
Flights to Bermuda are occasionally delayed or canceled due to high winds or crosswinds, particularly in late summer and fall. Before you leave home for the airport, you should always call to confirm whether or not there are Bermuda-bound delays.
Most flights arrive around noon, making for particularly long waits to get through immigration; however, British Airways flights and a couple of American Airlines flights from New York arrive in the evening.
Have your passport or government-issued photo ID handy. Bermuda is rather scrupulous about IDs, and you'll be asked to show your passport when checking in and again when boarding.
At many airports outside Bermuda, travelers with only carry-on luggage can bypass the airline's front desk and check in at the gate. But in Bermuda, everyone checks in at the airline's front desk. U.S. customs has a desk here, too, so you won't have to clear customs at home when you land. Passengers returning to Britain or Canada will need to clear customs and immigration on arrival.
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Bermuda's gateway is L. F. Wade International Airport (BDA), formerly Bermuda International Airport, on the East End of the island. It's approximately 9 mi from Hamilton (30-minute cab ride), 13 mi from Southampton (40-minute cab ride), and 17 mi from Somerset (50 minutes by cab). The town of St. George's is about a 15-minute cab ride from the airport.
L. F. Wade International Airport (BDA) (441/293–2470. www.bermudaairport.com.)
Ask the local tourist board about hotel and local transportation packages that include tickets to major museum exhibits or other special events.
Taxis, readily available outside the arrivals gate, are the usual and most convenient way to leave the airport. The approximate fare (not including tip) to Hamilton is $25; to St. George's, $15; to south-shore hotels, $35; and to Sandys (Somerset), $50. A surcharge of $1 is added for each piece of luggage stored in the trunk or on the roof. Fares are 25% higher between midnight and 6 am and all day on Sunday and public holidays. Fifteen percent is an acceptable tip.
Bermuda Hosts Ltd. provides transportation to hotels and guesthouses aboard air-conditioned six- to 25-seat vans and buses. Reservations are recommended. Prices are $25 per person to Hamilton or $30 per person to Southampton, so for most people a taxi is the wisest option.
Bermuda Triangle Tours (441/293–5806 or 1888/308–4687. www.bermudatriangletours.bm.)
The Bermuda Industrial Union Taxi Co-op (441/292–4476.)
Island Taxi Services (441/295–4141. www.bermudaislandtaxi.com.)
BTA Dispatching Ltd. (441/296–2121. www.taxibermuda.com.)
First Step Taxi Service (441/735–7151.)
Nonstop service to Bermuda is available year-round on major airlines from Atlanta, Boston, Newark (NJ), New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Toronto, and London, and seasonally from Miami, Charlotte, Orlando, Detroit, and Halifax.
Fares from New York City may be found for under $300 on some of the budget airlines but the average price is closer to $500 and can be as high as $800 in peak season, whereas fares from Toronto are typically about $600. Fares from Gatwick vary from $700 in low season to $1,200 in high season on British Airways. Flight regularity and price is subject to rapid change and airlines recommend that travelers check their Web sites for up-to-the-minute information.
Air Canada (888/247–2262.)
American Airlines (800/433–7300.)
Delta Airlines (800/221–1212 for U.S. reservations; 800/241–4141 for international reservations.)
USAirways (800/428–4322 for U.S. and Canada reservations; 800/622–1015 for international reservations.)
WestJet (888/937–8538. www.westjet.com.)
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