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.

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 towns 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 provide 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 reach if possible. Once the bus gets going, a conductor will collect the fares (no fare for children under the age of two years). 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. 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

On that map, 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 Bermudian Landing
http://www.howlermonkeyresort.bz/diytours.html

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

Here’s an update from a reader (8 January 2016)…
“Here is some info on buses to and from Crooked Tree. Jex & Sons bus service leaves Crooked Tree Mon – Fri at 5am, 6am and 6:30 am. Leaves Belize City at 10:50 am from Bolton Bridge, Regent Street West next to Mike’s Club. Leaves 4:50 pm from Magazine Road close to the Atlantic Bank. Leaves 5:20pm from Pound Yard. On Saturdays: Leaves Crooked Tree at 6:30 am returning at 10:50 am from Bolton Bridge Regent St .West. No runs on Sunday.”

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.

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.

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Bus Schedules Northern Zone — November 2015

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Bus Schedules Northern Zone — November 2015

Tillett’s Bus

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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$4.00,
to Belmopan (50 miles) is about 1.5 hours & BZ$6.00,
to San Ignacio (73 miles) is about 2 hours & BZ$9.00,
to Benque is about BZ$10.00.

Express bus fares are BZ$1 more than Regular bus fares.

Here are the schedules posted in the Belmopan bus terminal (thank you to Steve I. for the contribution). Click on an image to enlarge, then view in full screen.

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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.

James Bus Line runs between Belize City, Belmopan, Dangriga and Punta Gorda. Schedules can be found on several sources:
Hickatee site: http://www.hickatee.com/james-bus-timetable
PGBelize:  http://www.puntagordabelize.com/pg/maps.htm
The Toledo Howler: http://www.belizenews.com/howler/
Placencia Breeze: https://issuu.com/theplacenciabreeze/docs
Placencia Breeze: http://www.placencia.com/
Minor differences exist; I don’t know which one is the most accurate.

Ritchie’s Bus Service runs between Belize City and Placencia.
As at January 2017, these links are not working.
Website: http://www.ritchiesbusservice.com/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ritchies-Bus-Service/364472070317324?ref=stream

Bebb Bus Line runs between Dangriga and Placencia with a stop at Hopkins.
Departs Dangriga at 5:30 am and 8:30 am. Trip time to Placencia: 1.5 hours.
Departs Placencia at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Trip time to Dangriga: 1.5 hours.

Buses between Dangriga and Hopkins (updated Oct 2016)
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 (taxi fare is about BZ$80)

Bus Service to Bocawina
Here’s a link to information about bus service to Bocawina:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g635532-i13461-k9086941-Getting_around_from_Bocawina_Resort-Hopkins_Stann_Creek.html

The schedules below are posted in the Belmopan bus terminal (thank you to Steve I. for the contribution). Click on an image and view in full screen.

The schedule below was posted in the Dangriga bus terminal in November 2015 (thank you to Carolin for the contribution).

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Bus Schedules Southern Zone — November 2015

The schedule below was posted in Independence in February 2015 (thank you to Sabine for the contribution).

Schedule posted in Independence. Click on image to enlarge.

Schedule posted in Independence (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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97 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. AMC3 Says:

    Hi there.

    Thanks so much for an incredibly useful site.

    If my wife and I are landing at BZE at 9:40am, what’s the easiest way to get to Tikal by land? (The only flight that day to Flores is at 4:10p, which is too late.) Sounds like perhaps a taxi to the bus terminal in BC and then an express bus to Benque Viejo Del Carmen and then one of the many options from the border to Tikal?

    Or is it faster to just take a taxi to the highway near the airport and wait for a bus to come by?

    Thanks,
    Michael

    • belizebus Says:

      You specified “easiest”, so in that case I would suggest arranging a transfer service to meet you at the airport and drive all the way to Tikal — won’t be cheap — my guess would be close to US$300. You’ll have to contact a few services (see the list in Section 4) to get prices, and also make sure they can drive into Guatemala.

      You can save some money by just going as far as the border either by transfer service or airport taxi — maybe only US$100 to $150 to the border. After walking through Immigration on both sides, get a Guatemalan taxi to drive you direct to Tikal. I’ve heard fares of US$50 to $60 for the Guatemalan taxi to Tikal. Or continue on a Guatemalan bus.

      For even less money, get a taxi from the airport to Belize City where you have a couple of options. The easiest would be to get the 1:00 pm Linea Dorada express bus to Flores (US$27). You can get off the bus before Flores (near El Remate) and get other transportation to Tikal. Or you can a Belizean bus (an old school bus and it probably won’t be an express) to Benque, taxi to the border, walk through Immigration, then Guatemalan transportation.

      And finally, the option of getting a taxi to the highway and waiting for a bus — definitely NOT faster, but it is the cheapest. You’ll still have to get a bus to Belize City (they pass the airport road about every 30 to 45 minutes), and then Belizean bus to Benque or LD express bus to Guatemala.

  20. Eri Says:

    Hi, I want to go to baboons sanctuary tomorrow Sunday. But I heard that the bus schedule is different on Sunday. Is there a bus running from Belize city to Bermuda landing? Or do I have to take Ladyville bus to airport to taxi? And what does the bus look like?

    • belizebus Says:

      I’m not sure, but I think there is a bus on Sunday (a friend always got the bus to Sunday cricket matches at BL), but maybe only one run each way. The best thing to do is go to the bus terminal and ask. I don’t have a schedule.

      If you get a bus to Ladyville, don’t go to the airport — just look for a taxi at Ladyville. The bus to Ladyville is BZ$1 or $2, and by getting a taxi from Ladyville (rather than BC), you might save about BZ$15 or $20.

      Easiest option — taxi from BC.

      Buses here are old school buses. Different bus companies use different colours.

      • Eri Says:

        Is there a bus from Bermuda landing to Ladyville?

        And what’s the schedule for the bus between Ladyville and BC. And the name of the bus…

        Thanks again!

      • belizebus Says:

        There is a bus but I don’t have a schedule — I think it’s in the afternoon — and it should terminate at Belize City. The Baboon Sanctuary people will know. If anyone else knows, please post. You could go to the bus terminal and ask.

        All the buses that travel between BC & Corozal will stop at Ladyville. Just wait on the side of the highway and wave an arm up and down when you see a bus coming. There should be a bus about every 45 minutes.

        If you get a schedule for the BL bus, let me know and I’ll post it.

      • Eri Says:

        http://www.howlermonkeyresort.bz/diytours.html

        Here is the link to the bus schedules (2 companies) between BC – BL. It looks like earliest leaving BC is noon and latest leaving BL is 3:30p making it only 1-1.5hr to see the sanctuary. So you need to take Taxi just once way for sure.

        So the bus to ladysville, I just see the schedule for the corazol, correct?

      • belizebus Says:

        Thanks for the BL bus information.

        Ladyville is a small village near the airport on the highway about 9 miles from BC. Regular (not express) buses in Belize stop anywhere for passengers, so any bus that runs between BC and Corozal in either direction will stop at Ladyville — just remember it’s not a scheduled stop — you have to let the conductor know that you want off at Ladyville.

  21. Elena Says:

    Hello, how can i get from chetumal to san ignacio and next day from san ignacio to caye caulcker? Many thanks, elena

    • belizebus Says:

      The easiest way would be to get the Espadas express bus from Chetumal to San Ignacio — the details are in the Updates Section. The next best option would be to get one of the Belizean buses from Chetumal to Belize City, and then change to another bus to SI — see Section 6 for details.

      From SI to CC, just get any bus going to BC — buses leave SI every 30 minutes. At BC, walk or taxi to the water taxi terminal and get a water taxi to CC.

  22. Kirsten Says:

    Hello,
    I need to get from San Ignacio to Belize City for my flight that leaves at 12:15pm on Monday the 23rd of May. Will the buses be running a different schedule that day? Would they still run pretty early in the morning? Would you know where I could find the schedule if it is different?

    • belizebus Says:

      Buses will be running, but maybe every hour instead of every half-hour — I’m not sure. Buses should start running around 6am. I don’t think you’ll find anything more on the internet — you’ll have to ask locally while in San Ignacio.

  23. José Pablo Díaz Says:

    Hey I’m planing to travel from Chetumal to Corozal and then to Belize City. Are there regular buses from Corozal to Belize City? Where do I take them? Also, do you know the approximate cost of these bus rides?

    Thank you for your blog!

    • belizebus Says:

      I’ve copied this information from Section 6 of this website…

      3. Regular Buses Between Corozal and Chetumal
      Several Belizean bus companies (BBOC, Chell, Gilharry, Russell, Tillett, T-Line, Venus) provide Regular bus service between Corozal and Chetumal. The buses are mostly used Bluebird school buses; not very comfortable, not air-conditioned and are not well equipped to handle luggage, but they are cheap! In Chetumal, buses wait at Nuevo Mercado (New Market), about 1 km from the ADO terminal.

      Buses to Corozal depart from Chetumal about every half hour beginning at 4:00 am. I don’t know the exact departure time of the last bus from Nuevo Mercado, but it’s between 5:45 and 6:30 pm (Belize time).

      Duration and cost: about 45 minutes to Corozal (mainly due to the time it takes for a bus load of people to get through two immigration points), and about BZ$3.00.

      Most buses continue to Belize City — about 2.5 hours and BZ$9 from the Corozal bus terminal.

  24. Arturo Says:

    hey there, im planning to go to roatan from belize in September, is there a way to get to la ceiba (or san pedro) by land from belize?
    thanks!

  25. Claire Says:

    Hi there, two quick questions: we arrive on the 24th of December (fly in Belize City to arrive at 2pm, which means that we don’t get out of customs presumably until circa 3pm or so. Will the bus to San Ignacio be on holiday schedule? I am hoping it will still run? And separately, we are thinking of taking the bus from San Ignacio to Belmopan (to get to Sleeping Giant Lodge)- is there regular buses to and from SI to Belmopan, or fairly irregular? Thanks!

    • belizebus Says:

      Buses should still be running every 30 minutes up to 9pm on the 24th.

      All the buses that run between BC and SI (in both directions) stop at Belmopan bus terminal, so yes there is regular service (every 30 minutes) between SI and Belmopan.

      On Christmas Day, buses will probably run less frequently — maybe every hour rather than half-hour.

  26. jasna Says:

    what’s the last bus from Belize city to orange walk ?

  27. Elizabeth H Says:

    Hello! This blog seems extremely informative. I am planning a trip to Belize. I will be flying into Belize city arriving around noon on a Wednesday in October. I am staying in Belmopan. Is the bus system easy to utilize to get there and what would be the cost associated with it? Thank you!

    • belizebus Says:

      The bus system is easy.

      From the airport, get a taxi to the bus terminal in Belize City. On the plane or in the airport, find another passenger also going to the bus terminal and share the fare because it’s BZ$50 (or US$25) per taxi. If you walk from the airport terminal to the highway, you can get a bus for about BZ$1 (read the details in Section 5). At the bus terminal, find a bus with a BENQUE sign in the front window.

      Section 5 also has details about getting a bus to Belmopan. Any bus going to BENQUE will make a scheduled stop at the Belmopan bus terminal. Right now, the fare from BC is BZ$5 but fares will be going up soon so it might be $6 when you’re there.

  28. Cassie Says:

    Hi! This site is fantastic! I’m heading down to Belize in November and was hoping you could recommend the best public transport options for this loop?

    Belize Airport –> Caye Caulker –> Placencia –> El Cayo –> Isabella Bank Village –> Belize Airport

    We are on a tight budget but are also conscious that saving time is more valuable than saving $$ in some situations.

    Any advice you can give would be much appreciated!! 🙂

    Thanks!

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Cassie,

      I needed more time to write an answer for you. Let me know if you need anything more.

      Airport to CC: no public buses from the airport unless you want to walk out to the highway to get a bus (see Section 5 for details). The usual way is to get a taxi from the airport to the water taxi terminal. There are 2 water taxi terminals so look at the schedules on their websites (links in Section 4) and go directly to the terminal that has the next boat going to CC.

      CC to Placencia: water taxi back to BC. Walk or taxi to the bus terminal and get a bus. The best bus is the Ritchie’s bus because it goes to Placencia (via Belmopan and Dangriga). Ritchie’s Bus Service has a website (link in Section 3). Next best is James Bus Line but they don’t actually go to Placencia. They make a stop at Independence and then you get a small ferry, called the Hokey Pokey, back across the lagoon to Placencia.

      Also, check on CC for any sailing trips that go to Placencia. A company called Raggamuffin did this (3-night trip), but I read that they go to Dangriga now.

      Placencia to “El Cayo”: The best bus is the Ritchie’s bus because it leaves from Placencia – see their website for schedule. Next best is to get the ferry to Independence and get the James bus. Both buses make scheduled stops at Dangriga and then at Belmopan bus terminal. Get off at Belmopan and change to a bus to San Ignacio (the final stop of Benque will be displayed in the front window of the bus). San Ignacio is the name of the town. Cayo is the name of the District.

      San Ignacio to Isabella Bank: You have a couple of options. The first is to get a bus back to Belize City and find a bus to Bermudian landing. Only one or two buses run per day but I don’t have a schedule – one of the baboon sanctuaries had a schedule on their website – I’ll try to find it. If you miss the bus, you’ll either have to stay a night in BC or continue by taxi. At Bermudian Landing, I think the only way to continue is by taxi. The other option is to get off the SI-to-BC bus at the roundabout intersection of the Western Highway and Burrell Boom Road and get a taxi directly to Isabella bank. This might be a bit complicated for a visitor, and expensive.

      Isabella Bank to Airport: the easiest way is to get a taxi all the way, but it might cost about BZ$50. The cheap way is to get a taxi to Burmudian Landing and get the bus to BC. The bus will pass the airport on the way to BC, so tell the driver to stop at the airport road. When you get off at the airport road, it’s about 2 or 3 km to the airport terminal. With light luggage, it should be an easy walk, but with heavy luggage, try looking for a taxi or try hitching. Ask around at Bermudian Landing – maybe you can hitch a lift.

      Here’s a link to the Bermudian Landing bus schedules…
      http://www.howlermonkeyresort.bz/diytours.html

      Hope this helps!

      • Cassie Says:

        This is amazing! This take a HUGE load off our shoulders. It’s quite overwhelming when first trying to figure it all out!

        Thank you so much, we appreciate it and are looking forward to exploring this amazing country!

        (Any MUST sees/dos in these areas that you absolutely have to tell us about?)

      • belizebus Says:

        The barrier reef for snorkelling & diving, and the caves in Cayo District. For Mayan sites, Lamanai & Xunantunich are good choices. Have a good trip!

  29. Justin Says:

    Along with the above question…

    Would you happen to know if the McFadzean and Russell buses to and from Bermudian Landing drive to the Northern Highway on the Burrell Boom Cut road? I want to try to stop at that cross street and flag down a Northbound Orange Walk bus and vice versa on the way back.

    Thank You,
    Justin

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes. Buses to BL use the Northern Highway & the Boom Road, so you can get off at the intersection.

  30. Serena Says:

    Hello! Thank’s a lot for the informations but, I don’t understand a “little” thing: it’s possible in a day go from Chetumal to Placencia?
    And then, the 2nd january if I want to go to Caye Caulker from Placencia, what time I need to take the bus?
    Many, many thank’s!

    • belizebus Says:

      It is possible. Get a bus from Chetumal to BC — that takes about 4 hours. Then continue on buses. One option is the 3pm Ritchie’s bus directly to Placencia. Or the James bus to Independence (then water taxi to Placencia). See Section 3 for bus details.

      To get to CC, get the Ritchie’s bus to Belize City, then a water taxi to CC. If that bus is too early, get the Babb bus to Dangriga then change to the James bus to BC. Or go to Independence and get the James bus to BC.

      • Serena Says:

        Thank you very much.. and, if the destination is Hopkins, is it the same? I read there aren’t all day the bus from BC or Dangriga to Hopkins [I don’t found an accomodation, this is the problem] 😦

      • belizebus Says:

        Bus service to Hopkins is not frequent — the only schedules I know of are in Section 3.

        The James bus goes past the Hopkins road every couple of hours. You can ask the driver to drop you at the turn-off and start walking. It’s about 4 miles from the highway to Hopkins, but if you try hitching, someone will probably pick you up — Belizeans are friendly.

        Unless you’re going during the Christmas or Easter periods, I wouldn’t worry about reserving accommodation in advance.

  31. Serena Says:

    Thank you very much! And to Hopkins is the same? I don’t yet found an accommodation in Placencia and is possible that I change the destination.. 😦 But I read there aren’t bus all day from BC or Dangriga to Hopkins…

    Have a nice day!

  32. Pris Says:

    hola, necesito un telefono para llamarlo y pedir informes sobre los autobuses que van de Corozal a ciudad belice. Gracias!!

  33. Tim and Rach Says:

    Hi, what is the easiest/cheapest way to get from Chetumal to Belize City (using a Belize bus)?

    We are taking an ADO from Tulum to Chetumal, then looking to get onto a Belize bus to get to Belize City. I’m not sure on what you have to do at Chetumal in relation to the border crossing??

    Any help is appreciated!

    • belizebus Says:

      Sorry, but you can’t have easiest AND cheapest. You can pick only one.

      Cheapest is Belizean bus from Chetumal. In Chetumal, buses wait at Nuevo Mercado (New Market), about 1 km from the ADO terminal. You could walk but with luggage get a taxi for 50 pesos.

      The bus stops at Mexican Immigration, then crosses the border and stops at Belizean Immigration/Customs. The bus waits passengers at both places — all this is in Section 6 & 7.

      Easiest is to hire a transfer service to meet you at the ADO terminal and drive you in comfort — not cheap.

      • Tim and Rach Says:

        haha I should have just said cheapest, sorry about that! Looks like from Nuevo Mercado the bus goes through immigration to Corozal, then on to San Ignacio via stops such as Belize City, is this correct?

        I’m looking at the bus that leaves at 3:30pm from Nuevo Mercado I think, getting to San Ignacio at around 9pm (or are there others)?

      • belizebus Says:

        From Nuevo Mercado, it takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach Mexican Immigration. Depending on the number of passengers, it takes 15 to 30 minutes to get everyone through. Another 10 minutes to Belizean Immigration, and this has always seemed to go a bit quicker than Mexican Immigration.

        The bus proceeds to Corozal bus terminal (maybe 20 minutes), Orange Walk Town bus terminal and terminates at the bus terminal in Belize City where you have to change to a bus to San Ignacio.

        It’s about 4 hours to BC, then another couple of hours to SI.

  34. Santiago Says:

    Hello, im traveling to Belize next February and i wanted to know how do i have to do in order to travel from the International Airport S W Gordon to Chetumal. Thanks!

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Santiago,

      If I understand correctly, you will land at the airport and go directly to Chetumal.

      The airport terminal is about 2.5 km off the main highway (the Philip Goldson or Northern Highway) that runs from Belize City to the Belize-Mexico border, so all you have to do is get out to the highway. There are no public buses from the airport to the highway. You can walkl hitchhike or get a taxi (I’d guess that a taxi might charge you BZ$10).

      Upon reaching the T-intersection with the highway, Belize City will be to the right, and Mexico to the left. Cross to the other side of the highway and wait. When a bus approaches, wave an arm up and down to get it to stop (express buses will not stop). All buses from Belize City will go to Orange Walk Town, then Corozal Town, and most (maybe all) will continue to Chetumal. If the bus you’re on doesn’t go to Chetumal, get off at Corozal and change to a Chetumal bus. Note that the buses stop crossing the border around 6pm, but there are other ways to get to Chetumal after the buses stop. Let me know.

      The fare is about BZ$10 to Corozal, and about BZ$13 to Chetumal.

      The bus stops at both Immigration buildings and waits for passengers to complete Immigration.

      Does this answer your question?

  35. Maya B Says:

    Ha t to go from
    Playa del Carmen to San Ingnacio on Jan28 and return to Cancun air port Feb/4

  36. Laura Says:

    Hi there,

    We need to travel from Placencia to Flores – Can you please let me know what time the bus to Flores departs each day?

    • belizebus Says:

      From Placencia, there isn’t a direct bus to Flores. The direct buses run from Belize City to Flores.

      From Placencia, you have to bus to Dangriga, change to a bus to Belmopan bus terminal, and then change to a bus to Benque where you can get to the border. If you time it right, maybe you can board the express bus when it stops at the border. Otherwise, you have to walk across the border and get a Guatemalan bus.

      So to get from Placencia, I’ve just discovered that the links to Ritchie’s Bus Service are no longer working, so I don’t know if that company is still in business. If you find out anything, please let me know.

      Another bus company, Bebb Bus Line, runs between Dangriga and Placencia with a stop at Hopkins. Their buses depart from Placencia at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. At Dangriga, change to a bus to Belmopan. At Belmopan bus terminal, change to a bus to Benque where you can get to the border.

      If you know of any other buses from Placencia, please let me know.

      Another option is to get the ferry to Independence and get the James Bus. It will stop at Dangriga, then Belmopan before continuing to BC.

      Another option to get to Flores is the Marlin Espadas Bus. It runs between Chetumal and Flores with stops at Belmopan and San Ignacio, so maybe you can get on at one of those locations. You will have to contact them directly for schedules because there’s nothing on their websites…
      http://marlinespadas.com/
      https://www.facebook.com/Marlin-Espadas-M%C3%A9xico-SA-de-CV-911522482202854/

      I hope this helps.

  37. Erik Says:

    Hello, my friend and I will be in San Ignacio in April, and before we head back to Belize City and go to the Cayes, we were hoping to spend a night in the Cockscomb Basin. What would be the most convenient bus(es) to take to get to and from there?? Thanks!

    • belizebus Says:

      Get any bus from San Ignacio to Belmopan. At the Belmopan bus terminal, change to any Regular (not express) bus going to Placencia or Independence or Punta Gorda (ask at the bus terminal). James Bus Line is a good choice, but there might be other bus lines on that route.

      Ask the driver or conductor to drop you at Cockscomb.

  38. Bart Says:

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for this very informative site.

    We will be taking a bus from Flores to Belize city on the 26th of May and will probably arrive in BC around 13 Pm.
    The same day, we would like to travel further to Tulum. Is this possbile via the ADO bus? Do we just need to take a taxi to the Belize Bus terminal then? Are there alwas enough places on the bus to Tulum?

    Thanks in advance,

    Bart

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes, it’s possible.

      The bus from Guatemala terminates near the water taxi terminal in BC. The ADO bus departs from the bus terminal which is about 1 km away. You can walk, but with luggage, taxi fare is about BZ$6 or $7 per taxi.

      The ADO bus leaves at 7:30 pm, but it’s a good idea to get to the terminal at least an hour before the departure time in order to buy a ticket. I wouldn’t expect a full bus in May. Other details in Section 6.

      Unfortunately, you will have a lot of time to kill in BC.

  39. Nancy Says:

    Dear All,

    we need to go from Chetumal ADO bus terminal to Corozal Town, where can I get timetables and schedules?
    Thanks a lot for helping me.Nancy

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Nancy,

      If you want to continue to Corozal on a Belizean bus, you have to go to the former ADO terminal which is about 2 km farther along the same main road, Av. Insurgentes. With heavy luggage, go by taxi for about 50 pesos. The Belizean buses are old school buses. There are no schedules online, but they leave approximately every 30 to 60 minutes. The fare is about BZ$3.

      The switch to the old ADO terminal is recent and there is some opposition to the move. Some parties want the buses to return to the New Market (Nuevo Mercado), so be aware of that.

  40. karla Says:

    Question is there a bus that can take me from Placencia to Belice City? if there is one how much is the fee?

    • belizebus Says:

      Ritchies Bus Service had a Placencia to BC run, but they don’t have a website anymore, so I don’t know if they are still in business. When you get to Placencia, find out and let me know. Their schedules still appear in the local tourist publication, Placencia Breeze…
      https://issuu.com/theplacenciabreeze/docs

      Placencia to BC: Ritchies Bus at 6:15 am.(Mon-Fri)

      Placencia to Dangriga:
      Ritchies buses at (Mon-Sat) 6:17, 7:00, 12:30 & 2:30; Sun at 6:15 & 2:30 only.
      Bebb Bus Line at 10:30 am.

      The link to the James Bus schedule is in Section 3.

      Or, get the Hokey-Pokey ferry from Placencia to Independence where you can get the James Bus to BC.

      I don’t know the exact fare now, but I’ve paid around BZ$20 for the trip.

      All the info I have is in Section 3.

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