1. WELCOME

This isn’t really a blog. It’s a site containing all the transportation information I’ve gained while travelling around Belize. I try to keep the information up to date (disregard the dates under the titles).

Schedules and fares can change at any time; always confirm times before travel.

Exchange rate: BZ$2 = US$1

The photo above is the bus terminal in Corozal.

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49 Responses to “1. WELCOME”

  1. Mellitone Says:

    Is there any way to get to Belize City from Chetumal in the evening?
    If yes…How?

    Than you.

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes, here are your options…

      1. Arrange one of the transfer services to pick you up in Chetumal and take you to BC.

      2. If you want to go by bus, the last bus to BC departs from Corozal at 7:15 pm. The last bus from Chetumal to Corozal is sometime between 6 & 7 pm. If you can’t get a Belizean bus from Chetumal, get a Chetumal taxi (MX$70) or bus (MX$10) as far as the border, walk across the border, and then get a Belizean bus (BZ$2) or taxi (BZ$20 to $25) to Corozal.

      3. Taxis.

      4. Tropic Air or Maya Isand Air from Corozal. The last flight is sometime around 5 or 6 pm (check the schedules).

  2. timothyla Says:

    Thank you for all the information. I was researching the scam “Mexico Departure Tax” and ran across you great research. I also happened upon this that I though you might find helpfu in the event you haven’t seen itl: http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/belice/index.php/en/activities-a-notices/726

    I am traveling by ADO bus from Tulum, Mexico to Belize City. I will let you know the border officials response to showing this print out from the Embassy along with documentation that I arrived to Mexico via air.

    Again thanks for the great information!

    • belizebus Says:

      Thanks for this.

      I see the last update was November 2012. I had searched that site prior to that date, but had not found that page.

      It is also dated after a press release last year stating that the airlines were no longer authorized to collect the fee, so that press release may have been bogus.

      I look forward to your report after going to Belize.

  3. Brie Says:

    Thanks for such a great site! I am arriving in the Belize City airport with a group of twenty-five. How can I rent a bus to take us to San Ignacio?

  4. Carmen kotch Says:

    and at what time does the ADO bus leaves the belize terminal to mexico? i want to travel to cancun and i know that ADO buses leave the belize terminal, but i dont know what is the schedule for this buses.help please.

    • belizebus Says:

      All the details are in Section 7. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE and MEXICO.

      Haven’t you read that part?

  5. NELO Says:

    The number is 4022161/6212581

  6. diana Says:

    Hi we are arriving at the cruise ship port does anyone know if there is a bus to the Belize city zoo?

    • belizebus Says:

      The Belize Zoo is about 30 miles (45 minutes by bus) from Belize City.

      Cruise ship passengers come ashore at the Tourist Village in Belize City. The bus terminal is 1 km away — you can walk to it or get a taxi for about BZ$6 or $7.

      The rest of the instructions are in Section 5…
      In the Belize City bus terminal, look for a westbound Regular (not Express) bus; the final destination of BENQUE will be displayed in the front window of the bus, but you could take one with a final destination of BELMOPAN. Buses depart half-hourly. Just board the bus, and put luggage in the overhead racks or at the back of the bus (keep an eye on your luggage). Let the driver and/or the conductor know where you want to stop. The conductor will collect the fare after the bus gets going. The zoo is at Mile 29 (BZ$4.00 and 45 to 50 minutes from BC). Watch the white mile marker posts along the highway to see how close you’re getting.

      After visiting the zoo, walk back to the highway, cross over to the other side and wait for a bus to BC. When you see a bus coming, wave your arm up and down to get it to stop. Express buses won’t stop. If you’re going back to Belize City, the bus will return to the bus terminal. Taxis wait outside the terminal.

  7. Sylvia Says:

    Hi there. I would like to get to San Pedro from Belize City on Dec 2nd. Can you advise where the ferry goes from? I found the schedule online, but no indication of the location..
    Also, do you know if both the San Pedro and the Belize water taxis are running from San Pedro to Chetumal, and if so, if they alternating days? I need to get from San Pedro to Chetumal on the 7th of December, Saturday.
    Thanks so much for any help you can offer.
    Cheers,
    Sylvia

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Sylvia,

      a) Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association
      http://www.cayecaulkerwatertaxi.com

      b) San Pedro Water Jets Express
      http://www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com/index.html

      The abovementioned services operate from the Caye Caulker Water Taxi terminal on North Front Street beside the Swing Bridge in Belize City. The Swing Bridge is right in the downtown part of Belize City

      c) San Pedro – Belize Express Water Taxi
      http://www.belizewatertaxi.com/#!home/mainPage
      SP-Belize Express operates from the Brown Sugar Market at 111 North Front Street, a few hundred metres along the street from the CCWT terminal.

      The water taxis to Chetumal are still running, and I think they are still operating on alternate days. If you’re staying on Ambergris Caye, go to the office a day or two before you plan to travel, get the info you need, and buy your ticket. The links to the services are in Section 7.

  8. Bill Says:

    Hi there, for a number of years we have travellined down to Belize from Cancun via Playa del Carmen to Chetumal by ADO bus. I understand they now go to Belize City.
    I have been trying to book a place on Ticketbus and the ADO site but to no avail.
    In the past it has not been an issue booking as we arrive, but this time we will be travelling back just before new year and are worried that there may be a reduced or crowded service,
    Do you know if the service will run on 27th December and how we can pre-book
    Thanks for your help

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, ADO now runs a bus from Cancun to BC (no stop at Chetumal) and back. The details are in Section 7. I’ve never tried to buy tickets through the ADO website, in fact, I don’t think Belize City is even in the list of ADO destinations.

      In previous years, the only runs that were cancelled were the Christmas Eve and New Years Eve runs. All other buses ran according to schedule. I don’t know how crowded the bus will be.

      My advice would be to buy your ticket as soon as possible after landing. There are ADO ticket desks at Cancun airport, so you might be able to buy a ticket there. Or get from the airport to either Cancun City bus terminal or Playa del Carmen bus terminal (there are 2 in Playa — do you need more info?) and buy your ticket.

  9. Brigid Says:

    We are also planning to go from Playa to Belize sometime around the 27th of December when we bring our rental car back. It’s for sure we can buy bus tickets from the ADO bus terminal in Playa?

  10. Maria Says:

    Hello,
    I’m arriving to Cancun on the 3d of January at 4:30pm and I wanted to know if it is possible to catch the bus to Belize-city the same day and after from there get to Placencia? or maybe you’ll recommend to stop for a night somewhere?
    What time does the last bus to Belize leave Cancun?

    I will be very greateful for your help,
    Maria

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Maria,

      Have you read through this site at all?

      All the information about the ADO express bus to Belize is in Section 7.

      The bus terminates at the Belize City bus terminal where you can change to a bus to Placencia.

      Let me know if you still have questions after reading the info.

  11. Joaquin Says:

    Hi, nice page.

    Me and my friends are getting to Punta Gorda at 12 AM tomorrow January 1st. Is the James Line Bus still going at this date?? We want to make night at Belice City.

    Thank you.

    • belizebus Says:

      The James buses usually run on public holidays, but perhaps not as frequently.

  12. Teri Says:

    Hello,
    we will be traveling from BC to Placentia. If I understand everything, we can catch a express Ritchie Bus. Is there only an afternoon express? We are hoping to make that trip starting in the morning and arriving in Placentia early afternoon. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you for this great site.
    Peace,
    Teri

    • belizebus Says:

      All I know about the Ritchie’s Bus service is what’s on their websites.

      • Mike Says:

        Ritchie runs buses from Placencia (not Placentia) to Dangriga and back daily. It leaves Dangriga at 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 4:30PM and 6:00PM. There is an “Express” bus that leaves Belize City at 3:30PM but it is not really an express, stops everywhere including Belmopan and Dangriga and arrives Placencia about 8:30PM. Lots of other buses leave Belize City for Belmopan (some are express and worth the wait) usually on the hour and Belmopan to Dangriga also regularly on the hour or thereabouts. You sometimes need to fight for a seat (first come, first served) or you will wait for the next bus (and then have to fight for a seat on that one).

      • belizebus Says:

        Thanks for your comments Mike.

        I’ve seen Placencia spelled incorrectly so often that I don’t worry about correcting people anymore. Usually it’s just a typographical error.

        The times you quoted are the same times as on the Ritchie’s website…
        http://www.ritchiesbusservice.com/index.html

        All buses, including express buses, have always stop at main cities & towns, but while the express buses shouldn’t be stopping for passengers all along the route, this is Belize and there’s no enforcement of rules.

    • Sylvia Says:

      We got into Belize City around 10:30 am or 11 am off the Cancun/BC express which left Cancun at 10:15 PM the night before. We had missed the earlier Ritchie express and didn’t want to wait for the afternoon one at 3:30 because we wanted to get into Placencia before dark.
      We got on one heading south to Independence Mango Creek and then caught the water taxi across. So, that is what we did. I think it was a James Bus and it left around noonish and I think its destination was Punta Gorda. It was pretty crowded so don’t hesitate to be assertive and just be determined to get into the crowd and make your way to the door or you will be standing for an hour or so until it gets to Belmopan or even Dangriga.
      BE SURE TO ASK THE BUS DRIVER OR TICKET TAKER BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT AND TELL HIM WHERE YOU ARE GOING – PLACENCIA.
      The guy in the bus depot yard said Oh Yeah, there will be a bus waiting in Dangriga but that is not the case – except for the express which leaves Belize City at 3:30 (Ritchies).
      The HOKEY POKEY water taxi left around 4:30 or so, be sure to make sure you will get there in time cause they do not run into the evening – again, ask the bus driver. A car met the bus in Mango Creek and drove us to the dock – if no one is there (but it seemed like this guy did this on a regular basis no charge) it isn’t a super long walk, and we had to wait for almost an hour for the boat anyway.
      The Hokey Pokey takes you into Placencia, doesn’t take long and the open boat was fun, and there will be a few taxis there. We got one and it took us to our place for $20 US(Green Parrot) which was fabulous, but who knew it was nine miles out of Placencia!Guess that slipped by me when I was booking, but I did not regret it at all it was so great to just relax and eat the great food in the small onsite restaurant and breakfast is included.) We biked into town once, everything is completely flat so nine miles didn’t quite kill me.
      Check out the schedules on this site, they are pretty good and you can go to the websites and print off the schedules to take with you.
      Hope that helps a bit…sorry to not be more precise on times, but we had an epic journey, also from BC and that was the tail end. Speaking of which…you’ll be on a school bus so do not pick the seats with the wheel well or you will regret the absence of leg room!
      Good luck and happy travels.

      • belizebus Says:

        Wow! Thanks for writing that — some good details for anyone else doing the trip.

        I was a bit surprised to read that the ADO express bus from Cancun arrived in Belize City around 10:30 am or 11 am. That’s later that the usual time of around 6am.

      • Sylvia Says:

        Yes, we were too because we were hoping to get on that morning express to Placencia and thought we would get in with time to spare. Who knows why … the border crossing took over an hour, so that may be one reason. Everyone had to get off the bus and “leave” Mexico, and then over to the other side of the road to “enter” Belize. The bathrooms on the Belize side were handy, I would say use them when you can.
        It was supposed to be an express bus, but that term doesn’t seem to mean anything extra special. It stopped pretty much where ever anyone wanted to get off and went into at least four bus depots. Oh, the bus was pretty chilly too, so it is good to have a warm layer to use or you could be cold all night.

      • Mike Says:

        Yes, the James busline from Belize City and Belmopan to Punta Gorda stops in Independence (Mango Creek) and combined with the Hokey Pokey water taxi gives you more time options than the Ritchie schedule from Dangriga.

        However, only Richie runs the 24 mile stretch along the length of the Placencia peninsula from Santa Cruz on the Southern Highway (locals call this intersection “the junction”) to Placencia Village at the end of the peninsula.

        If you are fortunate enough to catch one of the Ritchie buses, the drivers all know pretty much every hotel, resort and restaurant along the peninsula so when you get on the bus, tell him your specific destination and he will stop the bus for you there. In Sylvia’s case above, that would have saved her the water taxi fare and the land taxi fare.

        The drivers on all buslines know each other’s schedules (they don’t compete for your business) so make sure the driver leaving Belmopan for Dangriga along the Hummingbird Hwy. knows you want to get to Placencia. He may then flag down the Richie bus if they pass coming out of Dangriga or drop you at the intersection of the Hummingbird Hwy and Southern Highway. Locals call this intersection “6 mile”. It’s 6 miles outside of Dangriga.

        Finally, get a window seat for the trip along the Hummingbird Highway through the mountains and rainforest. It’s the prettiest drive in Belize.

      • belizebus Says:

        I think Mike & Sylvia are carrying on a conversation.

  13. Erzika Says:

    Hello,
    we want to know the shortest way from Chetumal or Corozal 9.2. or 10.2. (We will be travel from Mexico) to Belize City or Flores. From Chetumal to Corozal we will take a taxi- it is possible and wouldn´t be a problem across frontiers? Where we found time of departures?

    Thank you very much for your answer.

    • belizebus Says:

      If you’re travelling from Chetumal to Flores and don’t want to stop anywhere in Belize, then get the San Juan bus (Section 7.2).

      If you want to stop at places in Belize, then use the Belizean buses.

      If you get a taxi in Chetumal, check whether the driver will drive all the way to Corozal. You might be able to go only as far as the border, then you’ll have to continue by a Belizean taxi.

  14. Naomi Says:

    This is an unbelievably comprehensive collection of info about transfer to / from / around Belize. I am impressed. It’s common sense that the times and costs of various services change often but what a great place to get oriented to the basics.

    I live in Belize x 14 years and I was still able to find some good, new and useful info here.

    Kudos.

    • belizebus Says:

      Thanks Naomi. If you have any new information, please contribute and keep the site up to date.

  15. lynn Says:

    I live in Toledo (will be here for a year) and am so excited to happen upon this site. This is so much more helpful than the information I get from travelers here. I Was looking for information to and throughout Guatemala for the Easter weekend…Can you make up a site exactly like this to navigate through the crazy Guatemala bus and transport system???? I’ll check back tomorrow in preparation for my travels ;-) Thanks for this site it’s great and I’ll be telling all the travelers about it and will be using it frequently!

    • belizebus Says:

      I live in Belize and I know the bus system here quite well. I don’t know the bus system in Guatemala in as much detail, so I won’t be setting up a similar site for Guatemala. It would be great if someone else did it.

  16. andrea Says:

    Hi,

    We are a group of 3 guys arriving in Belize City at 1pm next wed and want to go in mexico for a few days before returning and spending the last week in Belize. We have been advised not to cross the border at night time, being very dangerous. the only option (ADO BUS) i have found, leaves belize city at 7.30pm and therefore we would be crossing the border and entering mexico quite late at night.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMANDATION, other options, other companies that we can get to travel till Tulum safely (if that is really an issue crossing at night time)??

    thanks in advance for any feedback
    Andrea

    • belizebus Says:

      I’m not aware of any danger crossing the border at night. What have you heard? The worst part about crossing from Mexico to Belize is the Mexican officials extorting money from visitors.

      Your other options from Belize City:
      1) Belizean bus to Chetumal (running about every hour until around 6pm), then ADO bus to Tulum
      2) Transfer service (private shuttle) to Chetumal, then ADO bus

      A water taxi runs between Chetumal and San Pedro if that’s any help.

  17. Amy T. Says:

    We are headed to Belize next week and are still contemplating the buses as our primary transportation. We are actually starting in Cancun and taking a bus to Chetumal and then a water taxi to Caye Caulker. For a while I thought we would catch the 10:15 from Cancun but now think that we will be able to spend the night in Cancun and catch a 6 hour express bus to Chetumal leaving at various times of the day. I have surmised this by looking at a website that indicates this is possible. Please let me know if I am misinformed.

    Our next bus stint would be from the water taxi dock in Belize City to San Ignacio. There seem to be several bus company options and I am confused as to which one is the best.

    Finally, we have to get back to Cancun from San Ignacio and I am interested in finding out the most direct, cheapest, fastest, etc., way. I am contemplating forking out the money for an airline ticket as the only bus options seems to be a 24-hour ride unless there was a typo in the time table I saw. Any information on this would be greatly appreciated!

    Amy

    • belizebus Says:

      Cancun to Chetumal
      Express buses depart from Cancun bus terminal about every 2 hours. Trip time is about 5.5 to 6 hours. Schedules & fares are on the ADO website, or the “ticketbus” website (that one has an English language option). If you’re connecting directly with the water taxi on the same day, plan to arrive in Chetumal by 1 pm — the water taxi companies request passengers to be at the pier 1 hour before departure of the boat (for immigration processing), and you’ll need ten minutes to get from the bus terminal to the pier, and maybe get something to eat.

      Another option would be to spend the first night in Playa del Carmen. You can get an express bus from the airport (1 hour trip). Plenty of accommodation & restaurants to choose from, and the trip from Playa to Chetumal is only 4.5 hours. Be aware that there are 2 bus terminals in Playa — the one you will probably arrive at is not the one you leave from.

      Water Taxi Dock in Belize City to San Ignacio
      It’s about 1 km from the water taxi terminal to the bus terminal. If you haven’t got much luggage, you can walk — it’s all on sidewalks through the City. A taxi will cost BZ$5 to $7.

      Don’t worry about which bus line to use — they all use old school buses, and most of them are Regular (meaning non-express, so they stop for passengers anywhere along the route). Just get the next bus going to San Ignacio (the final destination of “Benque” will be displayed in the front window of the bus).

      San Ignacio to Cancun
      Fastest — flight from Belize City International airport to Cancun. You can get from SI to BC by flight or by bus.

      Direct — bus to Belize City, then get the ADO overnight bus — the details of this bus are in Section 7. Trip time is NOT 24 hours — the bus departs daily at 7:30 pm and arrives at Cancun airport the next morning around 6:30 am.

      If you don’t like overnight buses, you can get a Belizean bus from BC to Chetumal, then change to an ADO bus to Cancun (or Playa), then get an airport bus to the airport.

      • Amy T. Says:

        Thank you! I did see section 7 after I sent this. We will just need to decide if an overnight works for us but your information on spending the night in Playa was very helpful. I think I can still cancel my Cancun hotel.

        Another question about the buses: Whether we decide to leave from Cancun or from Playa, how far in advance can we get tickets. I have read blogs about people having to be very assertive to get a ticket and a seat. Is there a way to circumvent this mad dash? (You may also refer me to a section if appropriate.)

        I have one more question that you may or may not be able to answer as it concerns making reservations for water taxis. I have been in touch with the San Pedro water taxi business for my transport to Caye Caulker and need to know if we should get a reservation. Because of my fear of not getting a seat on a bus that will get us there by 1, I have been hesitant to get a water taxi reservation. Are most water taxis booked in advance?

        Thank you again!
        Amy

      • belizebus Says:

        It isn’t a really busy time of the year, so I wouldn’t buy any tickets in advance.

        You could buy bus tickets at the ADO ticket counter at the airport. I’ve read that they can be busy with long queues, but I’ve never been in a queue with more than 3 people. Never had to be assertive. Tickets for the express bus to Playa can also be bought from the ticket seller who stands where the bus boards — seldom a queue there.

        After arriving at the bus terminal in Playa, go directly to the ticket counter and buy your ticket to Chetumal. I usually buy my tickets 1 day in advance and have never had problems. Be warned that you might like Playa and decide to stay longer — in that case, you won’t be able to change your ticket — you’ll have to buy a new one.

        I would book the water taxi ticket in advance only during busy travel periods (Easter, Christmas). I wouldn’t expect June to be very busy, but if a large tourist group happens to be there the same day, all the seats might be taken — that would be unlucky.

      • Amy T. Says:

        Thank you for all of this information! I will add my experience and any needed updates on my return.
        Amy

      • belizebus Says:

        Photographs of bus schedules posted in bus terminals would be fantastic.

      • Amy T. Says:

        Will do! We will be returning May 29. Will try to get them to you soon after.
        Amy

      • belizebus Says:

        Just in Belize, not Mexico.

      • Peter B. Says:

        I will be in cancun on the 27 on rought to berlize what is the best option for me?. I get confused very easy 1am 72 still traveling/ the plane lands 2 30 do I go to playa and stay on beach till 9pm or what??. I just need advice about how to do all this. I travel alone I just want to get to berlize with no bother point a point b help thank you

        On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM, Belize Bus and Travel Guide wrote:

        > belizebus commented: “Just in Belize, not Mexico.” >

      • belizebus Says:

        Here are your best options…
        1. Fly from Cancun to Belize City with Tropic Air.
        2. ADO overnight bus from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to Belize.
        3. ADO express bus to Chetumal, then water taxi to Ambergris or Caulker.

        I can’t tell you which one is best for you. All the details of these options are this site — do the reading first.

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