Getting Around Belize: Bus & Taxi Tips (With Prices)

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Belize has a safe highway system that can be driven from the north to south in only six hours.

Here are a few ways to get around Belize:

  1. Taxi - perfect for hotel to bus terminal stops
  2. Water Taxi - cost effective travel to islands
  3. Bus - cheap & authentic inland travel
  4. Car Rental - perfect for exploring & sight-seeing
  5. Shuttle - comfortable & fast inland travel
  6. Plane - fast & comfortable travel to islands

Taxi

Taxis are easily spotted by their green license plates. They have no fixed meter rate or consistent look besides the color of their license plate.

green license plate on taxi
Photo of Belizean Taxi with green identifying license plate by Jerry Hendricks

How Much Do Taxis Cost?

    $2.50USD

    Inland Price

    $5USD

    Touristy Area Price

Here are some examples of common taxi rates:

Taxi ServiceApproximate Taxi Fare (USD)
Shared taxi from San Ignacio to Xunantunich$1.50 per person
Transfer within Belize City$2.50 to $5.00 per group
Transfer within Caye Caulker Village$5.00 to $10.00 per group
Airport to Belize City transfer$25.00 per group

Water Taxi

Transportation by ferry or boat is locally called the water taxi service. These services connect inland to the islands which run on a daily basis about every 2 hours.

belize boat at sunset
Photo of Belize water taxi by Paul Young

How Much Does the Water Taxi Cost?

    $34USD

    Belize City to Caye Caulker Roundtrip

    $54USD

    Belize City to San Pedro Roundtrip

Belize City to Caye Caulker & San Pedro

Ocean Ferry Belize
San Pedro Belize Water Taxi

Corozal to San Pedro & Sarteneja

Thunderbolt Water Taxi

Bus

Belize has a safe and fairly reliable public bus network that runs country-wide 7 days a week from 4:00 AM until about 7:00 PM. There are no night buses available.

green bus with passengers in line at entrance
Photo of bus stop at San Ignacio Town by Babakoto

How Much Do Public Buses Cost?

    $2.50USD

    Average Price for 1 Hour of Bus Travel

Types of Buses

There are two type of buses in Belize:

  1. Regular Bus - Public buses that stop at every village to pickup or drop off passengers.
  2. Express Bus - Public buses that go directly to the destination without stopping at every village.

Using the example below, O.WALK EXPRESS means it's traveling directly to Orange Walk without stopping.

belize bus with destination sign
Photo of Express bus heading directly to Orange Walk by Jeremy Caney

Daily Bus Routes & Prices

Bus routes may seem short when viewing on a map app, but it doesn't account for all the curves and how slow the buses are in reality.

As a local, I can share with you realistic travel times and prices that can be hard to find online.

OriginDestinationTime to get thereBus AvailabilityPrice (USD)
Belize International AirportBelize City30 minsNo bus, taxi, walking$25.00 per group
Belize CitySan Ignacio Town2 hours 15 minsAvailable hourly$10.00 per person
San Ignacio TownGuatemalan Border30 minsTaxi and hourly bus$2.00 per person
Belize CityOrange Walk Town1 hour 45 minsAvailable hourly$2.50 per person
Orange Walk TownCorozal Town1 hour 15 minsAvailable hourly$2.50 per person
Corozal TownMexico Border1 hourShared Taxi to Free Zone$2.00 per person
Belize CityDangriga Town2 hours 45 minsAvailable hourly$5.00 per person
Dangriga TownHopkins Junction25 minsAvailable hourly$1.00 per person
Hopkins JunctionHopkins Village5 minsNo bus, taxi, hitchhike$10.00 per group
Dangriga TownPlacencia Village1 hour 45 minsEvery two hours$2.50 per person
Dangriga TownPunta Gorda Town3 hours 15 minsEvery two hours$6.00 per person

Bus Transportation Tips

  1. Be very patient - schedules are rarely on time. Most buses are very old and experience mechanical problems.
  2. Always choose express buses - if you know your exact destination, take an express bus which is faster than regular buses.
  3. Avoid regular buses - they often take twice as long because they stop at every village along the way dropping and picking up passengers.
  4. Watch your luggage - it's perfectly safe to travel on the bus but when full, it can be chaotic so keep your luggage stored close by if possible.
  5. Pay on the bus - bus fares are normally paid in route to destination and collected in cash — US Dollars or Belize Dollars
  6. Check if you need tickets - some official bus stops require bus tickets to be purchased prior to boarding.
  7. Know the bus fare - in general, bus fare is $5.00 BZD ($2.50 USD) for every hour of travel.
  8. Take morning and evening buses - early morning and late evening buses are fastest and most reliable because they transport office workers.
  9. Avoid traveling on weekends - weekend bus schedules are usually late and overcrowded on Sundays and holidays since buses are less frequent.

Car Rental

Renting a car in Belize is expensive compared to other countries in Central America. High gas prices and high import duty influence the rental prices.

woman standing by car rental in belize
Photo of car rental at Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve

How Much Does Car Rental Cost?

    $35USD

    For weekly rental

    $75USD

    For daily rental

Even though car rental is expensive, having a car in Belize offers a massive advantage since you can travel to natural reserves without a guide and do as much pitstops as you'd like. Sadly, public transportation doesn't have bus routes to many remote villages.

Belize City Car Rental Companies

Oh, and watch out for speed bumps. They are rarely labeled.

Shuttle

Private shuttle services are lot more expensive than public transport but can be useful if you're on a tight schedule. It can also be economical if you're traveling with a large group or family.

belize van with rainforest backdrop
Photo of Belize shuttle service by Brian

Here are a few popular recommendations:

Plane

If you're pressed for time, traveling by plane can help. These companies take you to the major cayes & cities within the country and even to neighboring countries — Guatemala & Mexico.

airplane at hanger
Photo of light aircraft at Belize hanger by Brandon Rosenblum

How Much Do Domestic Flights Cost?

    $75USD

    Pre-Purchased One Way Ticket

    $150USD

    Standard One Way Ticket

Here are the two most popular domestic airlines:

  • Maya Island Air - only offers flights within Belize.

  • Tropic Air Belize - offers flights within Belize and even international flights to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

Belize to Cancun

  • ADO Belize - this is a Mexican bus service that operates in Belize. Tickets can be bought at the Novelo's bus station in Belize City.

Belize to Guatemala

  • Fuente del Norte - this service is found at Melchor, El Petén in Guatemala which is just 30 minutes away from San Ignacio Town in Belize.

Belize to Honduras

  • Pride of Belize - water taxi departing once a week from Mango Creek, Independence in Placencia, Belize to Puerto Cortés, Honduras.

  • Tropic Air Belize - offers flights from Belize City to Roatán, Honduras.

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FAQs

Is Uber available in Belize?

No, Uber is not available in Belize nor are there ride-sharing apps available as yet.

Is public transport available on google maps?

No, Belize's bus system is not developed and synchronized with online maps. Sadly the public transport system is very primitive as yet.

Are there car ferries to the islands?

No, this is service is not available. If renting a car, it's best to do inland activities first and then move to the islands by water taxi or plane.