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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:
- Taxi - perfect for hotel to bus terminal stops
- Water Taxi - cost effective travel to islands
- Bus - cheap & authentic inland travel
- Car Rental - perfect for exploring & sight-seeing
- Shuttle - comfortable & fast inland travel
- Plane - fast & comfortable travel to islands
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.
Touristy Area Price
Here are some examples of 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|
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 City to Caye Caulker Roundtrip
Belize City to San Pedro Roundtrip
Ocean Ferry Belize
San Pedro Belize Water Taxi
Thunderbolt Water Taxi
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.
Average Price for 1 Hour of Bus Travel
There are two type of buses in Belize:
- Regular Bus - Public buses that stop at every village to pickup or drop off passengers.
- 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.
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.
|Origin||Destination||Time to get there||Bus Availability||Price (USD)|
|Belize International Airport||Belize City||30 mins||No bus, taxi, walking||$25.00 per group|
|Belize City||San Ignacio Town||2 hours 15 mins||Available hourly||$10.00 per person|
|San Ignacio Town||Guatemalan Border||30 mins||Taxi and hourly bus||$2.00 per person|
|Belize City||Orange Walk Town||1 hour 45 mins||Available hourly||$2.50 per person|
|Orange Walk Town||Corozal Town||1 hour 15 mins||Available hourly||$2.50 per person|
|Corozal Town||Mexico Border||1 hour||Shared Taxi to Free Zone||$2.00 per person|
|Belize City||Dangriga Town||2 hours 45 mins||Available hourly||$5.00 per person|
|Dangriga Town||Hopkins Junction||25 mins||Available hourly||$1.00 per person|
|Hopkins Junction||Hopkins Village||5 mins||No bus, taxi, hitchhike||$10.00 per group|
|Dangriga Town||Placencia Village||1 hour 45 mins||Every two hours||$2.50 per person|
|Dangriga Town||Punta Gorda Town||3 hours 15 mins||Every two hours||$6.00 per person|
- Be very patient - schedules are rarely on time. Most buses are very old and experience mechanical problems.
- Always choose express buses - if you know your exact destination, take an express bus which is faster than regular buses.
- Avoid regular buses - they often take twice as long because they stop at every village along the way dropping and picking up passengers.
- 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.
- Pay on the bus - bus fares are normally paid in route to destination and collected in cash — US Dollars or Belize Dollars
- Check if you need tickets - some official bus stops require bus tickets to be purchased prior to boarding.
- Know the bus fare - in general, bus fare is $5.00 BZD ($2.50 USD) for every hour of travel.
- Take morning and evening buses - early morning and late evening buses are fastest and most reliable because they transport office workers.
- Avoid traveling on weekends - weekend bus schedules are usually late and overcrowded on Sundays and holidays since buses are less frequent.
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.
For weekly rental
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.
Oh, and watch out for speed bumps. They are rarely labeled.
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.
- 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.
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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