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Compared to neighboring countries, Belize has a good highway system that connects the entire country.
The most common transportation in Belize is using public buses. Tourists sometimes opt to rent cars making it easier to access national parks and save money on tours.
|Origin||Destination||Time to get there||Transportation Options|
|Belize International Airport||Belize City||30 mins||No bus, taxi, walking|
|Belize City||San Ignacio Town||2 hours 15 mins||Hourly bus|
|San Ignacio Town||Guatemalan Border||30 mins||Hourly bus, shared taxi|
|Belize City||Orange Walk Town||1 hour 45 mins||Hourly bus|
|Orange Walk Town||Corozal Town||1 hour 15 mins||Hourly bus|
|Corozal Town||Belize Border||15 mins||Shared taxi to Free Zone|
|Belize City||Dangriga Town||2 hours 45 mins||Hourly bus|
|Dangriga Town||Hopkins Junction||25 mins||Hourly bus|
|Hopkins Junction||Hopkins Village||5 mins||No bus, taxi, hitchhike|
|Dangriga Town||Placencia Village||1 hour 45 mins||Bus every two hours|
|Dangriga Town||Punta Gorda Town||3 hours 15 mins||Bus every two hours|
Read Belize Bus Schedule to learn everything about the local bus system.
Taxis are perfect for short stops like getting to the bus terminal or going to a restaurant. They are easily spotted by their green license plates. They have no fixed meter rate or consistent look besides the color of their license plate.
Touristy Area Price
Common Taxi Rates
|Taxi Service||Approximate 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|
The water taxi or ferry is the most economic way of getting to the islands. While it may not be as fast as a plane ride, it is a fraction of the price of domestic air travel
Belize City to Caye Caulker Roundtrip
Belize City to San Pedro Roundtrip
|Departure||Destination||Availability||Time to get there||Price (USD)|
|Belize City||Caye Caulker||Every 1.5 hours||45 mins||$34 roundtrip per person|
|Belize City||San Pedro||Every 1.5 hours||1 hour 30 mins||$54 roundtrip per person|
|Corozal||San Pedro||Once a day||2 hours||$52 roundtrip per person|
Ocean Ferry Belize
San Pedro Belize Water Taxi
Belize Sea Shuttle
Thunderbolt Water Taxi
If you plan on exploring hard to reach places like Mountain Pine Ridge, renting a car is an excellent choice. The down side is that it is a lot more expensive than any other country in Central America.
Per day for weekly rental
Per day for standard 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 pit stops as you'd like. Sadly, public transportation doesn't have bus routes to many remote villages.
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.
Here are a few popular recommendations:
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.
Pre-Purchased One Way Ticket
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.
- 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.
- Water Jets International - a water taxi service that runs between Chetumal, Mexico and San Pedro, Belize
For more information, read Mexico—Belize Border Crossing.
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.
Requena's Charter Service - this is a water service is found at Punta Gorda, Belize and takes you to Puerto Barrios and Livingston in Guatemala.
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
- Tropic Air Belize - also offers flights from Belize City to San Salvador, El Salvador.
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