Belize Transportation: Best Way To Get Around Belize

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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.

Common Routes

OriginDestinationTime to get thereTransportation Options
Belize International AirportBelize City30 minsNo bus, taxi, walking
Belize CitySan Ignacio Town2 hours 15 minsHourly bus
San Ignacio TownGuatemalan Border30 minsHourly bus, shared taxi
Belize CityOrange Walk Town1 hour 45 minsHourly bus
Orange Walk TownCorozal Town1 hour 15 minsHourly bus
Corozal TownBelize Border15 minsShared taxi to Free Zone
Belize CityDangriga Town2 hours 45 minsHourly bus
Dangriga TownHopkins Junction25 minsHourly bus
Hopkins JunctionHopkins Village5 minsNo bus, taxi, hitchhike
Dangriga TownPlacencia Village1 hour 45 minsBus every two hours
Dangriga TownPunta Gorda Town3 hours 15 minsBus every two hours

Take The Bus

Read Belize Bus Schedule to learn everything about the local bus system.

Take A Taxi

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.

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

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

Ride The Water Taxi

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 boat at sunset
Photo of Belize water taxi by Paul Young

How much do water taxis cost?

$34USD

Belize City to Caye Caulker Roundtrip

$54USD

Belize City to San Pedro Roundtrip

Common Routes
DepartureDestinationAvailabilityTime to get therePrice (USD)
Belize CityCaye CaulkerEvery 1.5 hours45 mins$34 roundtrip per person
Belize CitySan PedroEvery 1.5 hours1 hour 30 mins$54 roundtrip per person
CorozalSan PedroOnce a day2 hours$52 roundtrip per person

Belize City to Caye Caulker & San Pedro

Ocean Ferry Belize
San Pedro Belize Water Taxi

Corozal to San Pedro & Sarteneja

Belize Sea Shuttle
Thunderbolt Water Taxi

Rent A Car

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.

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

How much does renting a car cost?

$35USD

Per day for weekly rental

$75USD

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.

Belize City Car Rental Companies

Hire A 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:

Fly By 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 does a domestic flight 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 Mexico

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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

Belize to El Salvador

  • Tropic Air Belize - also offers flights from Belize City to San Salvador, El Salvador.

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FAQs

Are buses running in Belize?

Buses are currently running and available to both locals and tourists with no restrictions.

Are taxis safe in Belize?

Taxis are safer than most neighboring countries but women traveling alone should be cautious.

Is Uber available in Belize?

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

Is public transport trackable on google maps?

No, Belize's bus system is not developed and synchronized with any online map or app.

Are there car ferries to the islands?

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