3. BELIZE BUS INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES

Bus travel is a very common mode of transportation in Belize, with many Belizeans relying on buses for daily commuting to and from work, school or shopping. Therefore, bus service along the main highways is frequent, usually hourly and sometimes half-hourly during peak travel times, and Belizeans don’t really need printed schedules. Only one bus company, Ritchie’s Bus Service, has a website.

In Belize City, Belizean and ADO buses arrive at and depart from the Belize City bus terminal (still commonly known as Novelo’s, the name of a former bus company) located on West Collet Canal. Express buses to Guatemala stop at the Marine Terminal near the Swing Bridge in Belize City. Other cities and town have a bus terminal or a central point where buses stop.

Most of the buses are used Bluebird school buses; not very comfortable, not air-conditioned, and not well equipped to handle luggage, but they are cheap! Air-conditioned buses are used on some Express runs. Buses operate on Sundays and public holidays, sometimes on a less frequent schedule.

Bus companies offer two types of service: “Regular” buses stop for passengers anywhere along the route, and “Express” (or non-stop) buses stop only at main towns. The final destination of a bus is displayed in the front window of the bus.

When boarding a bus at a terminal, just get on and find a seat. Buses tend to be crowded, so try to get to the terminal well before the departure time to be assured of a seat. Luggage can be stored in overhead racks, or at the back of the bus, or wherever the conductor says. Always keep an eye on your luggage because passengers often use the rear emergency door as an entrance or exit. I like to keep my luggage within arms reach if possible. Once the bus gets going, a conductor will collect the fares. If you’re on a Regular bus and want to get off, move to the front of the bus and tell the driver or conductor where you want to get off.

If you’re waiting on the side of a road and want an approaching bus to stop, wave an arm up and down (the bus will not stop if it’s an Express, it’s full or the driver doesn’t feel like stopping). After taking a seat, the conductor will collect the fare.

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All bus providers have been given permits to operate within assigned zones.

1. Northern Zone – Belize City to Corozal (135 km / 84 miles)

The bus companies authorized to operate on the highway in the Northern Zone are Albion’s, Belize Bus Owners Cooperative (BBOC), Cabrera’s, Chell’s, Frazer, Joshua’s, Morales, Tillett’s, T-Line and Valencia. Northbound buses depart from Belize City about every half hour beginning at 5:30 am; last departure at 7:30 pm. Many of the northbound buses continue to Chetumal. Southbound buses depart from Corozal about every half hour beginning at 3:00 am; last departure at 7:15 pm. All buses are Regular buses; no express buses. There is also bus service to the nearby villages.

The bus terminal in Corozal Town is located on the main highway, and about a 2 minute walk from the center of town. Here’s a link to a map of Corozal: http://www.northernbelize.com/map_cortwn.html

The red line is the main highway. Look for the number 1 in a circle. The bus terminal is on the upper left side of the circled number 1, on the curve in the highway. The buses to the villages wait on the other side of the market near the post office.

A Regular bus from Belize City:
to Orange Walk (87 km / 54 miles) is about 1.5 hours & BZ$5.00,
to Corozal is about 2.5 hours & BZ$9.00.

Bus service to Crooked Tree
Jex and Sons Bus Service provides bus service between Belize City and Crooked Tree.
Buses depart from Belize City Monday to Friday at 10:50 am and 4:45 pm; Saturday at 10:50 am; no bus on Sunday.
Buses depart from Crooked Tree at 6:30 a.m.
Trip time: about 1.25 hours
Fare: BZ$3.50

Bus service to Sarteneja
Here’s some information I received from a resident of Sarteneja on 24 June 2010:
Buses depart from the Swing Bridge (NOT the bus terminal) in Belize City on Monday to Friday at 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm. On Saturdays, buses depart at 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 4:00 pm. No bus on Sundays.
Same bus passes through Orange Walk, stopping across from the St. Christopher Hotel (NOT the bus terminal). Departure time from Orange Walk is about 1.5 hours after departure time from Belize City.
Buses depart Sarteneja on Monday to Friday at 3:30 am, 4:30 am, 5:30 am, 6:30 am. It is a good idea to check at the bus depot the day before to confirm how many buses are leaving the next day.
On Saturday and sometimes during the week and sometimes on Sunday, there is a bus to Chetumal which departs Sarteneja about 6:00 am and returns through Orange Walk (2:30 pm) at 4:30pm.

Also, the Thunderbolt water taxi that runs from Corozal to Ambergris Caye will stop at Sarteneja on request.

Bus service to Benque
A Valencia bus departs from Corozal Town daily at 3:00 am and goes to Orange Walk, Belmopan, San Ignacio and Benque (bypassing Belize City). The bus departs from Benque in the afternoon (I don’t have the exact time).

New Bus Run Between Benque & Northern Border (May 2013)
Operated by J&J Bus Line.
Departs from Benque daily at 4:00 am with stops at San Ignacio (4:30 am), Belmopan (5:20 am), Belize City (6:30 am), Orange Walk (8:15 am), Corozal (9:05 am) and Santa Elena border at 9:20 am.
Departs from Santa Elena border daily at 3:30 pm with stops at Corozal (3:45 pm), Orange Walk (4:45 pm), Belize City (6:15 pm), Belmopan (7:25 pm), San Ignacio (8:15 pm) and Benque at 8:45 pm.

Bus Schedules -- Northern Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules — Northern Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules -- Northern Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules — Northern Zone
(click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules -- Corozal Villages (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules — Corozal Villages (click on image to enlarge)

Tillett’s Bus

A mini-bus that operates between Corozal and the border

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2. Western Zone – Belize City to Benque Viejo Del Carmen (130 km / 81 miles)

The bus companies authorized to operate on the highway in the Western Zone are BBOC, D and E, Guerra’s Bus Service, Middleton’s, Shaw Bus Service and Westline. Westbound buses depart from Belize City about every half hour beginning at 5am; last departure at 9:30 pm. There is also bus service to the rural areas. There is a main bus terminal in the central part of Belmopan. In San Ignacio, the buses stop in the central part of town.

A Regular bus from Belize City:
to Belize Zoo (29 miles) is about 45 minutes & BZ$3.00,
to Belmopan (50 miles) is about 1.5 hours & BZ$5.00,
to San Ignacio (73 miles) is about 2 hours & BZ$7.00,
to Benque is about BZ$8.00.

The image below is the bus schedule in 2009. The schedule was reorganized in June 2011, and National Transport Services Limited no longer exists (their runs were taken over by other bus companies). Until I get a copy of the new schedule, I’ll keep the old schedule posted. There should not be much difference in departure times, but the bus companies will be different.

Bus Schedules - Western Zone (click on image to enlarge)

Bus Schedules – Western Zone (click on image to enlarge)

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3. Southern Zone – Belize City to Dangriga (169 km / 105 miles) / Placencia (257 km / 160 miles) / Punta Gorda (338 km / 210 miles)

The bus companies authorized to operate on the highway in the Southern Zone are James Bus Line, G-Line Service, Ritchie’s Bus Service and Usher Bus Line. Buses authorized to operate in the rural areas of the Southern Zone are Chen Bus Line, Yascal Bus Line, Smith Bus Line, Richie Bus Line, Martinez Bus Line, Williams Bus Line, Radiance Ritchie Bus Line, and Polanco Bus Line.

A Regular bus from Belize City to Dangriga is about 3.5 hours & BZ$15.00.
A Regular bus from Dangriga to Placencia, is about 1.5 hours and BZ$5.00.

Buses between Dangriga and Hopkins (updated August 2014)
Buses depart from Dangriga Monday through Saturday at 10:30 am and 5:15 pm. On Sunday, only at 5:15 pm.
Buses depart from Hopkins Monday through Saturday at 7 am and 2 pm. On Sunday, only at 2 pm.
Fare: BZ$5

James Bus Line schedule can be found at 3 sources:
Hickatee site: https://www.hickatee.com/belize_bus_times.html
PGBelize: http://www.pgbelize.com/jamesbusline
The Toledo Howler: http://www.belizenews.com/howler/
Minor differences exist; I don’t know which one is the most accurate.

Ritchie’s Bus Service
Website: http://www.ritchiesbusservice.com/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ritchies-Bus-Service/364472070317324?ref=stream

The image below is the bus schedule posted in the Dangriga bus terminal in 2010. I’ll keep it posted until I get an updated image.

Bus Schedules — Southern Zone — posted in the Dangriga bus terminal — April 2010 (click on image to enlarge)

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4. Belize City

The bus service providers authorized to operate in Belize City, and the zones in which they are authorized to operate (the routes include the downtown area) are:

Arrow Line or Arrowline — West Landivar area.
Belize Intransit/Metro Bus Service  — West Landivar, Fabers Road, Kings Park areas.
Haylock Bus Service — Belama area.
Lemott Bus Service — Port Loyola Area.
Lopez Bus/Shuttle Service — Lake Independence Area.

Some buses are old Bluebird school buses, but some buses are modern, new looking, 25 to 30 seat mini-bus type vehicles, and appear to be in good condition. The Arrow buses are air-conditioned.

Fares are usually BZ$1 for adults and BZ$0.50 for children and students in school uniform. The fares for Arrow are twice those fares because the buses are air-conditioned.

Here are the links to two news reports with photos of the buses:
http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/47043
http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=18752

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70 Responses to “3. BELIZE BUS INFORMATION AND SCHEDULES”

  1. Arpan Says:

    Is there a holiday schedule for christmas day? I arrive at 4pm and would like to go to San Ignacio

    • belizebus Says:

      The bus companies don’t issue holiday schedules. In previous years, the buses have run on Christmas Day, but sometimes on a less frequent schedule. No one really knows until the driver does or doesn’t turn up to work.

  2. Mark Says:

    Currently in San Ignacio. I understand that there is a bus called Valencia from Corozal to Benque and back. I am hearing that the bus departs San Ignacio at either 8am or 4:15pm, though I have also heard as early as 3:30pm. Planning to catch the 8am tomorrow and will update on what I find out (this bus bypasses Belize City completely.

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Mark,

      Yes, there is a bus between Corozal & Benque. It’s called a non-stop bus, but it makes stops along the route.

      It departs Corozal bus terminal at 3:30 am (yes, AM), goes via the Boom Road (bypassing Belize City) to Belmopan, San Ignacio and Benque.

      I’ve heard that it departs Benque about 3:30 pm, and departs San Ignacio at 4:00 pm. It bypasses Belize City.

      It operates Monday to Saturday — I don’t know about Sundays.

      Any updates are appreciated!

      • NELO Says:

        it operates sunday to sunday. the only days that it wont operate is on good Friday and Christmas day. contact numbers are 4022161 (office) or also at 6212581

  3. Alba Says:

    Maybe you could help me…
    Is there anyway i could buy a couple of bus tickets to go from Chetumal to Belize City ON-LINE if i’m currently in Spain?
    Thank you very much in advanced for your help!

  4. Izzy Says:

    Hi there, do you know if you can get a bus from Orange Walk Town (going to be there to see Lamanai) straight to San Ignacio? Without having to go through Belize city? Thanks.

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes, but you might not like the time.

      There are 2 Valencia buses that depart Corozal at 3am and 3:30am. They reach OW about 4 and 4:30 am.

      These buses bypass Belize City and go to Benque. They will stop at San Ignacio.

      All other buses go via BC.

  5. Sabrina Says:

    Thank you for the run down. We are on our way to BC now. One more question. What’s the best way for us to get from SI to black rock jungle lodge? Are there any buses that go by/close to BR?

    Thanks a lot. You have really helped us out.

    • belizebus Says:

      From San Ignacio, follow the Western Highway west (towards Benque Viejo) for about 4.7 miles. On the right hand side of the road, there is a “Black Rock River Lodge” sign indicating a left turn onto a dirt/gravel road. Follow the road for about ¾ mile and turn right. There are signs to the Lodge. Continue on this road for about 6 more miles – do not turn off this road. You will travel through hills, valleys, orange groves and finally the rainforest. Black Rock is at the very end of this road, and you will see a welcome sign.

      You can get a Regular bus (BZ$1 or $2) from SI to the turnoff on the highway, then walk or try hitching (doubt if there will be much traffic).

      In SI, ask a taxi driver what the fare would be — I’d guess something like BZ$30 to $50.

      Contact Black Rock and ask how much would they charge to pick you up either in SI or at the highway junction.

  6. Brittany Says:

    Hi, I am so glad I found your site, so much great info! I do have a few questions though. My soon to be husband and I are getting married in Mexico and honeymooning in Belize. We are planning on taking the bus from tulum to Belize city and having our shuttle from our resort pick us up in Belize city. I am having trouble finding bus schedules and I have been told to make it to Belize city before dark, is that possible from tulum. And would you be able to send me in the direction of a bus schedule from tulum to Belize city? Thank you, brittany

  7. Kathy T. Says:

    Hi – this site is fantastic – thank you for the good information.

    We want to take a bus from Belize City to Playa Del Carmen and I’m wondering if the only option is the bus that leaves at night. Is it possible to catch a bus in the morning in Belize instead?

    Many thanks in advance for your advice.

    • belizebus Says:

      The ADO bus is the only option IF you want get to Playa with no bus changes along the way.

      Next best option might be the Tillett’s express bus — departs BC at 6 am and arrives in Chetumal about 3 hours later. Then you’ll have to get a taxi (15 pesos) to the ADO bus terminal and get an ADO express bus to Playa.

      If 6am is too early, get any other bus from BC to Chetumal (or to Corozal and change to another bus to Chetumal), taxi to the ADO terminal, then ADO express to Playa.

  8. Michelle S. Says:

    Hello, I am very impressed and happy to have found your site. After traveling in CR for two weeks without a single answer that was the same about busses, you are a gift.

    My question is this…I am staying in Placencia and I am scheduled to leave from Belize City at 4:00 pm. Is it feasible to travel the same day as my flight or should I head up the night before? I am trying to avoid staying in Belize City as I am a woman traveling alone.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Michelle

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes, you can leave Placencia in the morning and get to BC by 4 pm.

      If you’re leaving from the airport on a 4pm flight, you’ll need to be at the airport 2 to 3 hours before the departure time, so that’s 1 to 2 pm. And, it’s a 20 minute taxi trip from the BC bus terminal to the airport, so you’ll need to arrive at the BC bus terminal sometime betwenn 12:30 & 1 pm.

      If it was me, I’d go on one of the express buses, either Ritchie’s Bus Service (from Placencia) or James Bus Line (from Independence).
      Here are the links to the schedules…

      http://www.ritchiesbusservice.com/expressbus.html

      https://www.hickatee.com/belize_bus_times.html

  9. Alison Says:

    Thank you so much for your very detailed info! I am hoping you can give my friends and me some advice about 2 different journeys:

    1. Belize City to Hopkins. We’re planning on taking the taxi to the bus terminal, then the bus to Dangriga, then a bus or taxi to Hopkins, depending on the time we get in. Does this make sense or is there an easier way to take the bus to Hopkins? My main question is whether the buses you list in Section 3 run as frequently during the tourist off season? I looked at the bus schedules from your links, but wanted to get your opinion because sometimes these websites are outdated.

    2. Hopkins to San Ignacio. Would you recommend we take the buses from Hopkins to Belize City, then the bus from Belize City to San Ignacio? Or is there a quicker route that won’t take us all the way back to Belize City? We will also be doing this journey on a Sunday, so that makes it more complicated.

    Thanks again for any help you can offer!

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Alison,

      Thanks for your comments. I try to keep the information on this site up to date. If I’m not sure of something, I’ll say so.

      1. Yes, that plan makes sense. Remember, depending on which bus you get from BC, you might have to make a change in Belmopan. If you get a James Bus, you won’t need to change at Belmopan. The buses here don’t rely on tourism, so the schedules don’t change with the tourist seasons.

      Another option to consider…
      At Dangriga, stay on the bus or change to another bus heading south. Ask the driver to drop you at the Hopkins road. From there, it’s 6 or 7 km along an unsealed road to Hopkins. Friends have told me that people who live in Hopkins will pick up anyone walking or hitching.

      2. You don’t need to go back to Belize City. Any bus from Dangriga will make a stop in Belmopan. Get off there and change to a bus going to San Ignacio (the sign on the front window of the bus will say BENQUE, the final stop on that route).

  10. Juan Says:

    Hello, we are planning on visiting Belize in August and have a few questions about the bus service.

    Our flight arrives at 2:50 p.m and we need to travel to Maya Beach/Placencia. are there any buses we can catch to make this travel or will a shuttle be the only method of ground transportation?

    Also for the 2nd leg of our stay we are staying close to San Ignacio. Is there aservice from Placencia to San Ignacio that you know of? Or is it better to try and hire a local boat to take us to Independent/Mango creek then take a bus from there?

    Your insight would be greatly appreciated and thanks for the information!.

    • Juan Says:

      Just checked the time again its actually 2:25 and its on a Sunday 8/18/13, this is probably going to make things difficult isn’t it? I’m also seeing a shuttle that cost about $55 per person, seems reasonable enough do you know of any other options?

      • belizebus Says:

        There are two express buses from Belize City, but I don’t know if you can get from the airport to the bus terminal in time to get them.

        The Ritchie’s bus departs BC at 3:30pm and goes to Placencia. That would be perfect if you can get it.

        The James bus departs at 3:45, but it goes to Independence, and you’ll arrive there too late to get the ferry to Placencia. You could get the James bus as far as Dangriga and then go by taxi to Placencia.

        If you miss those buses, you could get any westbound bus from BC, get off at Belmopan and ask the bus terminal staff about the best way to get to Placencia by bus.

        A transfer service might be expensive, but they will pick you up at the airport and save a lot of hassle with buses.

      • belizebus Says:

        The Ritchie’s express bus doesn’t run on Sundays; not sure about the James Bus.

        What about a flight? You might have to get a taxi from the International airport to the Municipal airport in Belize City for a flight to Placencia.

      • Juan Says:

        Thanks for the quick response! Ya we will probably just end up taking a shuttle since the flight is a little more than we want to pay.

        We are doing our 2nd leg of the trip in the jungle and are staying near San Ignacio. We plan on taking the hokey pokey from Placencia into Independence/Mango Creek then taking a bus from there to San Ignacio. Do these buses run frequently? And roughly how long is the trip?

        Thanks again for all your great information!

      • belizebus Says:

        The bus from Independence is the James Bus Line. Here’s the schedule…

        https://www.hickatee.com/belize_bus_times.html

        The times and fares are on that page.

        When you get to Belmopan, you’ll have to change buses to continue to San Ignacio.

  11. Mike Says:

    I am going to be taking the bus from Corozal to Belize City. Once I get to Belize City is there a bus I can take to the airport?

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes and no.
      All the buses from Belize City go by the airport turnoff road on their way to Orange Walk and Corozal, but no buses go right to the airport terminal. You can ask the driver to stop at the junction of the highway and the airport road, and then walk the 2.5 km to the airport terminal or look around for a taxi.

      But, the bus from Corozal to BC passes the same junction on the way to BC, so why not get off the bus on the way to BC. If you don’t want to walk the 2.5 km, look around for a taxi or ask the bus driver to stop at a taxi stand in Ladyville (that’s the village where the airport is located). The taxi fare from Ladyville should be cheaper than the BZ$50 fare from BC.

  12. Travlin' Says:

    Hello,
    Does it really cost US$25 to go from the airport to the bus station… 3 kilometers? is this correct?

    • belizebus Says:

      There are two airports.

      The International airport is located about 16 km (10 miles) from Belize City (the bus terminal is in the City). Taxi fare for that distance is BZ$50 (US$25) per taxi, not per passenger. There is no bus service from that airport, but you can walk or taxi out to the highway and wait for a bus heading to the City. If you get a bus, the fare is only BZ$1 or $2.

      The Municipal airport (domestic flights only) is located in Belize City about 3 km from the bus terminal. Taxi fare between two points within Belize City is BZ$5 to $10 depending on distance.

  13. Travlin' Says:

    In November, we’ll be arriving in heading to Hopkins via bus. Thanks to the info found on this awesome blog, I think we’ve got that covered.

    From Hopkins, we need to go to ChaaCreek. What is the best way? how long will it take ?
    Cheers

    • belizebus Says:

      Get a bus to Belmopan, change to another bus to San Ignacio, then hire a taxi to take you to Chaa Creek. Or, arrange to have a vehicle from Chaa Creek pick you up in SI — that might be more expensive?

      The bus trip from Hopkins might take a few hours including any waiting times at bus terminals.

    • Travlin' Says:

      Hello belizebus!
      I’m trying to find the departure times for the buses from Hopkins to Belmopan that you mention above. (also from Belmopan to SI. I can’t seem to find the Hopkins departures here.
      This would be helpful in planning our lodging and trip.

      Can you kindly point me in the right direction?
      Thanks!

  14. Wladek Says:

    Hello, I am very impressed and happy to have found your site.
    I am going to be taking the bus from Orange Walk (San Antonio Rio Hondo) to Punta Gorda.
    Which bus(es) would we take? and how much are tickets? any helpful information would be appreciated. thanks very much.

    • belizebus Says:

      The bus from Orange Walk terminates at the bus terminal in Belize City.

      Get off the bus and change to another bus. The best option is a James Bus Line bus. The schedule & fares are here…

      https://www.hickatee.com/belize_bus_times.html

      If you’re too late for the last James Bus, you can get other buses to Belmopan and to Placencia — check with bus terminal staff. If you’re really late, you might get only as far as Placencia. I don’t know what other buses run from Placencia to PG.

  15. Mary Says:

    Thanks for the helpful information! Do you have any idea how long a bus ride from the TEC / Belize Zoo to San Ignacio would take? Shuttle services and rental cars seem to be pretty expensive options. Thank you so much!

    • belizebus Says:

      A bus from the Zoo to SI should be around an hour, maybe a bit less. The fare is about BZ$3.

      • Mary Says:

        Do the buses take U.S. currency? Or should we plan on having some belizean dollars? Thanks!

      • belizebus Says:

        You can use US$ in Belize. Make sure you have some small denominations ($1, $5 & $10) because it might be difficult to change larger notes.

  16. Baronpork Says:

    Hi ,this site looks amazing
    We are planning to travel from Hopkins to Punta Gorda, and the hopefully Livingston. Is this possible in one day, and what is the best route?
    Thank you!!

    • belizebus Says:

      Memo’s water taxi to Livingston leaves PG at 1:00 pm.

      In order to get to PG before 1pm, your best option might be to somehow get back to Dangriga (maybe by taxi) where you can get the James Bus Line bus to PG. It’s an express bus, and it leaves Dangriga at 7:45 am. The reason you have to go back to Dangriga is because express buses stop only at main towns and won’t stop for you if you wait on the highway.

      Another option is to get from Hopkins out to the highway (by taxi or hitch) and wait for a bus to come along. The next bus after the express bus is a Regular bus so it will stop anywhere on the highway. It should pass the Hopkins road sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 am. The bus reaches PG at 12:45 which is cutting it close for getting the water taxi, but maybe the water taxi waits for the arrival of the bus before leaving.

  17. fitraechelle Says:

    we live just north of corozal town on the highway at 4 mile lagoon-just north of MP 89 and would like to travel to Orange Walk to do a Lamanai river tour; I see bus times for Corozal to Orange in the PM but not the morning; what is the morning schedule and can we catch the bus on the highway?

    • belizebus Says:

      The schedule shows bus departures from Corozal beginning at 3:30 am, and departing about every 30 minutes. I don’t think they run that early between Corozal and the northern border — you might have to wait until about 6 am.

      Just walk out to the highway and wait — buses and minivans pass approximately every 30 minutes. If you get on a bus to Belize City, just tell the driver and conductor where you want off — I find it helps to sit near the front of the bus. If you get on a bus or minivan that terminates at Corozal, you’ll have to change to another bus to continue south.

      Does that help?

  18. Richard T. Says:

    Can you please give me the schedule of the buses that leave in the morning from San Ignacio to Chetumal on Saturdays please?

    • belizebus Says:

      There are no direct buses from San Ignacio to Chetumal.

      First, you have to get a bus from SI to Belize City. Buses leave SI every 30 minutes.

      When you arrive at the Belize City bus terminal, change to a bus going to Chetumal — they leave every 30 to 60 minutes.

  19. Deidre E. Says:

    Can you purchase overnight bus tickets from other bus terminals besides Novello in Bel City? We will be staying at Tobacco Caye and making our way back to Bel City on April 8th. We are worried that there won’t be availability on the overnight bus unless we purchase our tickets in advance. We fly from Cancun on April 9th.

    Deidre – Missouri

    • belizebus Says:

      At Belize City, the ticket seller shows up at the main bus terminal about 2 hours before the bus departs. That’s the only terminal the bus stops at in BC.

      I can only advise that you contact the ticket seller directly by phone. The contact numbers are given in Section 7.

  20. Ida Pauline Says:

    Hello. We are going to Alta Verapaz, Guatemala tomorrow. We are in Belize city now. When do the buses leave from Belize city ?

  21. lame Says:

    Hi,
    Do you know are the busses running normally on Monday 21st after the easter week?
    Some people are saying they dont run at all.

    • belizebus Says:

      In previous years, buses have run on Easter Monday (in fact, every day through the weekend), but on a reduced schedule, so maybe every hour instead of every half-hour.

  22. Stephanie Says:

    Hi,
    I was planning on going to Belmopan from Belize City tomorrow around say 1pm or 2pm. So I was wondering if buses run on Good Friday, and if they do then at what time?

    • belizebus Says:

      There should be a bus, but I don’t know the schedule — maybe only 1 bus per hour.

      • Stephanie Says:

        But you’re definite that they’ll be running tomorrow??

      • belizebus Says:

        All I know for sure is that in previous years, I’ve seen buses on the highways. In Belize, if a driver decides not to show up for work, then there won’t be a bus.

  23. Justin N Says:

    I notice your last update for the Western Highway schedules was a year ago. I’m trying to figure out how to put together a day trip to one of the Mayan ruins from San Pedro, without having to rely on a tour operator. I’m thinking I can catch the first flight into Belize City in the morning, catch an 8am bus to Xunantunich, be there from like 10:30-1:30, catch a ~2pm bus back to BC, and be on the 5pm water taxi back to San Pedro.

    My question is, does this sound like it’d be doable? Do buses in Belize actually mostly adhere to their schedules, and are they reliable enough to actually pull this off? I really don’t want to get stranded in BC when I’ve paid for a night in San Pedro.

    • belizebus Says:

      Sounds like a good plan.
      Along the Western Highway, buses run every 30 minutes, and they are generally reliable. I’ve only been on one bus that broke down on the highway. After about 10 minutes, another bus came along.
      Don’t worry too much about updates — the schedules basically always stay the same but the bus companies might change.

  24. ashley Says:

    Hi!
    My husband and I are going to be in Belize for 2 weeks. We will be flying into the Belize City Airport and then need to get to the Ambergris Caye. How much does a taxi cost to get the boat/ferry place? Or is there a bus that goes there? What is the best/cheapest way to travel to the cage? By boat or ferry?
    We will also be going from the Ambergris Caye to San Ignacio. What would be our cheapest ways to get there? Thank you so much!!!

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi,
      Taxi to BC — BZ$50 (see Section 5).
      Bus — see Section 5. The bus is cheaper, but you have to get from the airport terminal to the highway.
      Fastest — flight
      Cheapest — water taxi (boat/ferry)
      Best — I avoid using that term — what’s best for me might not be the best for you.

      From SP to SI, the cheapest way is water taxi to Belize City, walk (or taxi) to the bus terminal and then bus (BZ$7 per passenger).

  25. Morgan Says:

    Is there a bus from Belmopan to Placencia? If not, How would you recommend getting there between bus cities? (We are doing a cave tubing adventure in-between hotels).

    • belizebus Says:

      The Ritchie’s Bus is probably the best one, but it isn’t very frequent.

      http://www.ritchiesbusservice.com/schedules–connections.html

      If the Ritchie’s bus from Belmopan is not convenient, ask at the Belmopan bus terminal. You might be able to get any bus to Dangriga, and then change to another bus (probably Ritchie’s) to continue to Placencia.

      If you get the James Bus from Belmopan, it goes to Independence (not Placencia) and you would have to use the Hokey Pokey ferry to cross the lagoon from Independence to Placencia.

  26. Wendy Says:

    Need to get from Punta Gorda to Cancun Airport. I see a lot of posts about a bus direct from Belize City. One site says ADO leaves Belize City daily at 7:30pm. Is this correct?

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Wendy,

      It seems that you haven’t taken the time to read this site.

      Scroll down to Section 7. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE and MEXICO
      It’s all there.

  27. Elizabeth Says:

    Your blog is amazing! So helpful.

    I just wanted to confirm one thing.

    I will be flying in tomorrow arriving at 2:35p, to my understanding there are buses traveling every 30 minutes to benque from belize city, if I get to the highway from the airport in belize city, I should be able to catch one of these right? (Unless it’s express, which sucks) how long does it take taking the local bus to get to san ignacio?
    Thank you so much for your help!

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      The International airport is on the Northern Highway, so if you get out to the highway, any buses you see will be travelling between Corozal and Belize City. Get one of these buses (they also run about every 30 minutes) and go to Belize City — the bus will terminate at the bus terminal where you can change to a bus to Benque. From the airport to Belize City, the trip is about 20 to 30 minutes, and costs BZ$1 or $2.

      In the Belize City bus terminal, look for a westbound bus (ask around and find out if there’s an Express bus); the final destination of BENQUE will be displayed in the front window of the bus. Buses depart half-hourly. Just board the bus, and put luggage in the overhead racks or at the back of the bus. Always keep an eye on your luggage because passengers often use the rear emergency door as an entrance or exit. I like to keep my luggage within arms reach if possible. The conductor will collect the fare after the bus gets going; should be about BZ$7.00 and a couple of hours to SI. There is a scheduled stop at Belmopan.

  28. ashley Says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for your help! How often do buses leave from Belize City to San Ignacio? Thank you!

  29. Liz F Says:

    Hello- this site is a great resource! Forgive me if this is posted and I missed it. We are looking to travel from Orange Walk to San Ignacio and I can’t seem to find a schedule? Thanks in advance for any advice :)

    • belizebus Says:

      Published bus schedules in Belize are rare, and Belizeans don’t really need schedules because most buses on the main highways run every 30 to 60 minutes.

      If you’re in OW Town, go to the bus terminal and get the next bus to Belize City. If you’re a bit out of town, you can wait anywhere along the highway — just wave an arm up and down at an approaching bus and it should stop. Buses to BC depart every 30 to 60 minutes until about 8 or 9pm.

      The OW bus terminates at the bus terminal in BC. Get off and look for a bus with “Benque” displayed in the front window. Get on that bus — it will stop at San Ignacio (Benque is the final destination of the bus). These buses depart every 30 minutes until 9pm.

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