2. UPDATES

12 May 2017 — Fuel Prices
Premium gasoline: BZ$11.04 per gallon
Regular gasoline: BZ$10.26 per gallon
Diesel: BZ$9.35 per gallon
These are the prices in Belize City; prices may be higher in the districts due to transportation costs.

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12 May 2017 — New Road
Belize will have a new road between the Western (George Price) and Northern (Phillip Goldson) highways.
http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=40301

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5 May 2017 — Air Canada Flights to Belize
Beginning December 15, 2017, Air Canada will fly directly to Belize once per week until April 2018.

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16 March 2017 — Departure Fee Increase
It looks like the departure fee will be increased soon…
http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/143473
http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=39680

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10 February 2017 — CC Lobster Festival is ON!
http://www.sanpedrosun.com/travel-and-tourism/2017/02/10/caye-caulkers-lobster-festival/
https://www.facebook.com/cayecaulkerlobsterfest/

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16 January 2017 — Tropic Air Flights to Chetumal
Inaugural flight.
http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=39032

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2 November 2016 — WestJet Flights to Belize
http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/137346
http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=38209

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14 January 2015 – Quintana Roo to Observe EST
Authorities in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico have announced that effective 1 February 2015 at 2:00 am local time, clocks are to be advanced by one hour and the state will observe Eastern Standard Time (the state currently observes CST). QR will remain on EST and not observe daylight saving time.

Belize is in the Central Time Zone which is the same as Central Standard Time (UTC-06:00), so there will be a one hour difference between Belize and the state of Quintana Roo. Travellers should confirm departure times of flights, buses and water taxis from Mexico.

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30 Responses to “2. UPDATES”

  1. Drew Says:

    This is a wonderful service and I am delighted to find it. I would like very much to link this blog in the information I send to our prospective guests who inquire about renting our cabanas here in Placencia. Thanks, Drew

  2. Mai Says:

    This sites awesome! Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive road guide for Belize. I plan to go backpacking there in about a week’s time and I’m really looking forward to it!

    Cheers, Mai

  3. Sylvia Says:

    Hi Belize Bus…thanks for all that you do to help others.
    I admire your patience with people who obviously have not read the site…one suggestion that I think would be helpful: Is it possible to reverse the order in which the comments/replies are displayed so that the most recent appear at the top of the page?
    Another suggestion which would let people know things are as current as you are aware of – in your updates section, put a comment monthly. I think this would let people know the site is being administered regularly, and that the info is reliable. They will get to that once they read the grateful comments, but it is just another way to let people know you are alive and well!!
    We travelled into Belize in November, and found all the info on your site to be very accurate and valuable – especially re getting to Placencia. The Belize city bus depot is quite the place! The bus drivers seemed to be the ones who knew what was going on, so I would recommend asking them questions if you have any. We got there at 11 am. The big guy with the dreads who was running the yard told us not to wait for the 3:30 express, there was a bus in Dangriga which would wait for the incoming bus (this is not what the schedules said). He was wrong, but the bus driver took us to Mango Creek and we had a cool water taxi ride over to Placencia. A taxi meets the bus and takes you right to the water taxi, and they did not charge us or any of the passengers for this quick transfer -bonus!
    Thanks again.

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Sylvia,

      Thanks for your comments.

      I’ve never investigated whether it’s possible to reverse the order of the comments because I prefer it the way it is. Whenever I have nothing to do, I review the comments and delete any that are no longer accurate.

      As for letting people know the information is current, my approach is to add “last updated: date” to each section where there is a schedule. This is because I update each section as required, so I add the updated date directly to that section or schedule. I can provide the information, but I can’t make people read.

      WordPress adds a “date posted” to each post and there’s not much I can do about that. Earlier this year, I went through every post and changed the old dates to the current date. I had to change the date in every post to retain the posts in the same order, so it’s quite time consuming and not something I intend to do frequently.

      The Updates Section is for new information. If there’s no new information, I don’t write anything. I keep the calendar of holidays & events there to show that the site is constantly being administered — at least, I hope people can figure that out.

  4. Fred D. Says:

    Kudos’s to the Blogger, excellent work! this site was the most important tool we used to plan our trip for our Belizian getaway in Feb 2016 from Playa Del Carmen to Corozol and back 10 days later. The details were excellent and the links provided helped us to plan our exit with no BZ$ left in our pockets to exchange with the money changers. Yippee! Seriously your blog turned a novice visitor to Belize into a well informed traveler! Thank You from F+M from Ontario, Canada.

  5. UnwireMe Says:

    Thank you very much for this service! Very useful.

    I have a question, which I couldn’t find via search. Will public buses be operating this Holy Week (Wed thru Saturday)? Planning on visiting Caye Caulker, Belize from Guatemala via Benque and don’t know if service will be available those days.

    Thanks for any input you can offer.

    -Rich

    • belizebus Says:

      Buses run EVERY day, but maybe on a less frequent schedule on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

  6. UnwireMe.com (@RichPolanco) Says:

    Thanks for the heads up about Easter travel! Had read somewhere there would be issues between Benque / Belize City because of a bike race that goes on every Saturday. But I imagine that’s temporary and not all day.

    -Rich

    • belizebus Says:

      There isn’t a bicycle race every Saturday, but there is a big one on Easter Saturday. Buses will still run and traffic will be delayed during the race.

      The Easter Saturday race begins around 6am in Belize City. Riders take about 3 hours to reach San Ignacio, and then they turn around and head back to BC (another 3 hours) finishing around 12 noon.

  7. Sven T. Says:

    Hi Mr. B!

    Wow! Thanks for putting so much work into this site! There should be an official site like this to save you all this trouble, but like in most other countries there isn’t. So this is really appreciated.

    I have a question concerning transport from Chetumal to Belize City:
    I am going to leave Chetumal in the morning of July 3rd and plan to catch a flight from Belize City to San Pedro Sula the same day at 4.15pm. Do I interpret the information here correctly that it should be no problem to be at the airport 2-3 hours before departure and that there are several options to accomplish this so that missing one of them wouldn’t mean for the whole plan to fail?

    Thanks in advance,

    Mr. T 😉

    • belizebus Says:

      Is that the Tropic Air flight? Two hours before departure time should be enough for that flight. You have plenty of time to get from Chetumal to the airport.

  8. Sven T. Says:

    This seems to be the only reliable website on transportation in Belize. Thanks for all the work that went into it!

    I would like to leave Chetumal in the morning ofJuly 3rd and catch a plane from Belize City to San Pedro Sula that same day at 4.15pm. Do I interpret the information here correctly that this should work out and that I should be able to be at Belize City Airport 2-3 hours before departure? Also, does this seem like a sure thing considering that there are plenty of second class buses from Santa Elena to Belize City in case I miss the first class buses?

    Thanks a lot in advance,

    Mr. T 😉

    • belizebus Says:

      If you’re in Chetumal, you can board a Belizean bus (old school bus) at Nuevo Mercado in Chetumal (it’s about 1 km from the ADO terminal). Buses leave about every 45 minutes, stop at the Immigration points and continue to Belize City. If you get on a bus that doesn’t go to BC, you can change at Corozal. I’d leave Chetumal before 10am.

      There’s nothing that I’d call a “first class” bus from Chetumal to BC. There are a couple of express buses operated by Marlin Espadas Ltd and San Juan Travel — these appear to be smaller buses, but in better condition than Belizean buses.

      Be careful about calling the airport “Belize City airport” because there is another small airport in Belize City — it’s called Municipal Airport and handles domestic flights only. You want the International airport which is about 10 miles from BC. The buses actually go past the airport turn-off on the way to BC. If you get a Belizean bus from Chetumal, you can ask the driver to stop at the turn-off and then walk to the terminal (it’s about 2.5 km) or wait around for a taxi. The express buses might not stop at the turn-off (but ask them) so you’ll end up in BC and then have to get a BZ$50 (US$25) taxi back to the airport.

      Does this answer your questions?

  9. Sven T. Says:

    Sorry to bother you once more, but my travel plans have changed and I’m nkw looking for he quickest way to get from Chetumal to San Ignacio this Sunday. I saw two direct connection here, but they leave pretty late in the day. Is there another way to arrive in San Ignacio before 6pm without having to get up at 4 or 5am?

    Thanks in advance,

    Mr. T 😉

    • belizebus Says:

      What about the Marlin Espadas express bus? It leaves Chetumal at 9:30 am and arrives at San Ignacio around 3pm. Here’s what I know (contact them directly for schedule confirmations)…

      Marlin Espadas Ltd. operates a daily bus service between Flores, Guatemala and Chetumal, Mexico. A bus departs from Chetumal daily at 9:30 am. Stops can be made at Corozal Town, Orange Walk Town, Belize City, Belmopan, San Ignacio and Benque Viejo. The buses are equipped with AC and wifi.

      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/

      The Chetumal office is located at (as given to me):
      mz. 375 lot 1
      Calle 30 de noviembre y 10 de abril
      Avenida Maxuxac Mz.
      Colonia Proteritorio.

      The other option is to get a Belizean bus from Nuevo Mercado in Chetumal to Belize City and change to another bus to SI.

      • Sven T. Says:

        In case someone else might find this helpful:

        I contacted Marlin and asked to confirm these details and to reserve a seat for me. They answered within half an hour and confirmed the schedule and my reservation. I will report how it went!

      • Sven T. Says:

        And as promised, here is my report:

        I was early and there were few passengers, which was good because they couldn’t find my reservation!

        There was nothing to buy around the office, so bring provisions.

        The bus left 12 minutes early and made several private stops, talk about reliability and professionality.

        The promised wifi didn’t work for 2/3 of the trip, basically only around larger towns and cities.

        The a/c worked ok on the first bus and pretty badly on the second.

        There was a 100 minute (!) waiting period in Belize City, a time in which Marlin didn’t care for its passengers at all. When we arrived the waiting time was given with 50-60 minutes.

        We arrived in San Ignacio at 3.40pm local time, so after more than seven hours.

        Would I travel with them again? Only if there was no viable alternative. A few years ago I went the other way from Flores to Chetumal with San Juan Travel and even though they a bad reputation they did a much better job than Marlin in my opinion.

      • belizebus Says:

        Thanks for your report. I’ve only heard good comments about Espadas.

  10. Sven T. Says:

    My final question on his trip, I promise!

    I was told that all buses and shuttles from San Ignacio leave for Flores around 3-3.30pm and cost around US$40.

    I am wondering, is there really nothig earlier and cheaper?

    Thanks again in advance,

    Mr. T

  11. Stavroula Says:

    Hello,

    Could you please let me know if there are regular buses from Belize City to Chetumal? Also, as I don’t know if there are changes in the timetables based on seasons, I am interested for the timetable of November – December.

    Thank you!

    • belizebus Says:

      Regular buses (the old school buses) to Chetumal depart from the BC bus terminal about every 45 minutes. Not sure if any express buses run now. Once you enter the terminal, check the final destinations of the buses by looking at the signs in the front windows of the buses. If you don’t see one going to Chetumal, get on one to Corozal — it might continue to Chetumal after stopping at Corozal, or you can change buses at Corozal.

      Schedules don’t change with seasons, and very few bus companies put schedules on the internet. The only schedules you’ll find are posted in bud terminals.

  12. Jacqueline NG Says:

    Hello there, Belize bus im totally wondering if there is a bus that leaves from Belize close to the border with Tapachula, Mexico going to San Salvador? I might be doing that if there are options for this soon in couple of weeks haha.

    Thank you in advance 🙂

    • belizebus Says:

      I found Tapachula on the west side of Mexico near the border with Guatemala. Belize isn’t close to Tapachula. Or is there another Tapachula on the east side of Mexico? If so, let me know where.

      There is a bus that runs from Belize City to San Salvador, but it doesn’t go anywhere near Tapachula (the one near the Guatemalan border).

  13. Jacqueline NG Says:

    Oh hahaha thank you for the super fast reply. And well I’ll be going to Belize from Cancun though. Tapachula will be a stop before Cancun haha i mistaken places sorry. Do you know from where is the best option to leave by bus from Belize to San Salvador

    • belizebus Says:

      It looks like there is no direct bus anymore, but you can get an express bus from Belize City to Flores (Guatemala) then change to an express bus to San Salvador.

      In Belize City, the express buses leave from the water taxi terminal. The bus from Flores to SS leaves Flores at 5:30 am, so you probably have to stay a night at Flores.

      Here’s a link to the schedules…
      http://www.travelmundomaya.com/bus_schedules.html

  14. Donna Says:

    Hi, could someone please let me know bus schedules from Belize City to Tikal on Good Friday 14 April 2017? Thank you!

    • belizebus Says:

      I have been told that the express buses run on public holidays, but you can never be sure.

      To confirm, you could try to contact the bus companies directly, or contact Mundo Maya Travel using the link on this website.

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