9. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE AND GUATEMALA

1. Express Bus
a) Fuente del Norte and Linea Dorada provide Express bus service between Flores and Belize City. In Belize City, buses arrive at and depart from the Marine Terminal on North Front Street near the Swing Bridge, and are not scheduled to stop anywhere else in Belize. Buses operate on Sundays and public holidays. Not all buses are air-conditioned. The agent in Belize City for Fuente del Norte is Mundo Maya Travels. See their website for schedules and fares.

Mundo Maya Travels: http://www.travelmundomaya.com/
Fuente del Norte: http://grupofuentedelnorte.com/index.php/itinerarios
Linea Dorada: http://lineadorada.info/

Flores  to  Belize City  (235 km / 146 miles / about 4 to 5 hours)
Fuente del Norte departs daily at 5:00 am and 7:00 am; US$25.00
San Juan Bus to Chetumal departs daily at 7:00 am (not sure if this bus stops at Belize City)
Linea Dorada departs daily at 7:00 am*; US$ 27.00
* Departure of the Linea Dorada bus is sometimes delayed because it waits for a connecting bus from Guatemala City.

Belize City  to  Flores  (235 km / 146 miles / about 4 to 5 hours)
Fuente del Norte departs daily at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm; US$25.00
Linea Dorada departs daily at 1:00 pm; US$ 27.00
San Juan Bus (??)

b) Marlin Espadas Ltd.
A bus departs from Chetumal daily at 9:30 am and goes to Flores with stops at Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize City, Belmopan, San Ignacio and Benque Viejo. I’ve been told the buses have a/c and wifi.

A bus departs from Flores daily at 7:30 am and makes stops at the same locations on the way to Chetumal.

The Flores Peten office is at:
“Playa Sur, Flores, Peten, Guatemala”

Contact them directly for clarification…
For reservations: +501-615 9009 / 627 9990
marlinespadasltdbelize@gmail.com
http://marlinespadas.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Marlin-Espadas-M%C3%A9xico-SA-de-CV-911522482202854/

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2. Regular Bus to Guatemala
Get a Belizean bus to Benque Viejo del Carmen, the last town before the border (see Section 3 “Western Zone – Belize City to Benque Viejo Del Carmen” for more details). Regular buses don’t go all the way to the border, and the remaining 2 km can be completed by taxi (shouldn’t be more than BZ$10), or mini-bus/colectivo (shouldn’t be more than BZ$2) or walking.

Proceed to Belize Immigration. Visitors who have been in Belize for more than 24 hours must pay a fee of BZ$40.00 (US$20.00), payable in BZ$ or US$. Cross the border and proceed through Guatemala Immigration and Customs. I don’t know if there is a valid entry fee (I’ve heard various reports of 20 quetzals, 10 quetzals, and no fee), but be prepared to be asked for money. A colectivo to Flores is about 30 quetzals.

The return trip is similar, and there is no exit fee for Guatemala and no entry fee for Belize. After Immigration and Customs, get to Benque where you can get a bus to San Ignacio, Belmopan or Belize City.

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3. Rental Car
I have no personal experience with this, but some car rental companies allow vehicles into Guatemala. Try Crystal Rentals or Thrifty.

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4. Flights Between Belize City and Guatemala
Tropic Air has daily flights between Belize City International (PGIA) and Flores. There is a connecting flight to Guatemala City with Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos (TAG). Check the website for schedules and fares: http://www.tropicair.com/

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5. Water Taxis Between Punta Gorda and Puerto Barrios
Requeña’s Charter Service operates a water taxi, “Mariestela”, between Punta Gorda and Puerto Barrios.

Departs PG daily at 9 am from the Municipal pier near the Customs & Immigration Office.
Departs Puerto Barrios daily at 2:00 pm from the pier near the Shell gas station.
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours.
Cost: BZ$50.00 each way.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Requeña’s office on Front Street (half a block north of the pier), or before departure from the Requena representative in front of the Customs/Immigration Office at the pier.

Website: http://puntagordabelize.com/pg/requena/index.htm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/requenascharterservice

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Other water taxis:
Pichilingo
Departs Puerto Barrios daily at 10:00 am.
Departs Punta Gorda daily at 2:00 pm.
Duration: 1 hour.
Cost: BZ$50.00 each way.

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Marisol
Departs Puerto Barrios daily at 1:00 pm.
Departs Punta Gorda daily at 4:00 pm.
Duration: 1 hour.
Cost: BZ$50.00 each way.

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Asucena
Departs Livingston on Tuesdays & Fridays at 7:00 am.
Departs Punta Gorda on Tuesdays & Fridays at 10:00 am.
Duration: 1 hour.
Cost: ?

More information about water taxis can be found on these sites:
http://www.hickatee.com/james-bus-timetable

The Toledo Howler publication:
http://belizenews.com/howler/

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6 Responses to “9. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE AND GUATEMALA”

  1. Beatriz Cardenas Says:

    Two elderly ladies wish to travel from Cancun to Guatemala. Which is the best way to geth there as there are no flights. Would Belize be the best way? what is closer, Tikal or Flores as we wish to visit both. Then down to Guatemala City are there good air conditioned buses and how long is it from Flores? Is October a very rainy month?
    Thank you for your help.

    • belizebus Says:

      I don’t know about direct flights, but Tropic Air (a Belizean airline) flies between Cancun & Belize City. From BC, Tropic Air flies to Flores where you can get a connecting flight with TAG to Guatemala City. Check the Tropic Air website for schedule & fare.

      The bus options are explained on this website — either overnight bus to Belize City, then express bus to Flores, or ADO express bus to Chetumal followed by San Juan Travel Bus to Flores.

      I think you can also go overland through Mexico from Cancun to Tikal. You’ll find this route on the Lonely Planet forum.

      There are good quality buses with a/c in Guatemala.

      October can have a lot of rain.

  2. dane Says:

    looking to catch a bus from Belize City to Tikal, Guatemala. in February 2014 and wondering what is the connecting bus from Flores to Tikal? and how much is that ride?

    • belizebus Says:

      San Juan Travel is one company that provides transport to Tikal, but I’ve read some negative comments about them. I don’t know the names of any others.

  3. Charlotte Says:

    Hello, my boyfriend and I are trying to travel from Belize City to Guatemala city in the cheapest way possible. Do you know of any cheaper busses that we can take either from Belize City to the border, and then to Rio dulce, on to Guatemala City? Or any less expensive ways to travel through Peten?

    • belizebus Says:

      Go to the bus terminal in BC and get a Belizean bus (an old school bus) to BENQUE. The fare is about BZ$9 (US$4.50) per passenger. The bus terminates 1 or 2 km from the border — get a colectivo or taxi or walk to complete the trip to the border.

      On the Guatemalan side, continue on Guatemalan buses/colectivos.

      The only way to do it cheaper is by thumb.

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