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 Zippy Zappy Mayan Travels (formerly Mundo Maya Travel). See their website for schedules and fares.

Zippy Zappy: http://www.travelmundomaya.com/transportation.html

Flores  to  Belize City  (235 km / 146 miles / about 4 to 5 hours)
Fuente del Norte departs daily at 5:00 am and 8:00 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



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.


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


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


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


Other water taxis:
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.


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.


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

Update (1 Feb. 2018): According to this TripAdvisor thread, a water taxi operates daily between PG and Livingston…

Update (27 June 2018): Another TripAdvisor post with an update…

More information about water taxis can be found on this site:



  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.

  4. Max Says:

    Hello! Thank you for website which is very useful! I am planning to travel from belize city to Flores this winter and I wanted to know if the time schedules announced for the bus are still accurate (I’ve already checked the website of travelmundomaya but I would like to be sure 🙂 ) Cheers, Max

    • belizebus Says:

      I rely on Mundo Maya for the FdN schedule because they are the agent for FdN.

      With LD, the schedule has been the same for a long time. The only way to confirm it is directly with Linea Dorada. Same with Espadas — they have contact details on their websites.

  5. hma.henderson@gmail.com Says:

    Hi there. Thank you for all this information. It is really great! I was wondering if you happen to know where the bus stops in Flores? Cheers.

  6. Heather Says:

    I am going from Belize City to San Ignacio and then on to Flores. Does this bus stop in San Ignacio, or am I missing that information elsewhere on this blog. TIA.

    • belizebus Says:

      Depends on which bus you take.

      All Belizean buses (the old school buses) from Belize City that go to Benque will stop at San Ignacio, but they don’t continue to Guatemala.

      The express buses (Linea Dorada & Fuente del Norte) run from BC to Flores, and do NOT stop at San Ignacio.

      The Marlin Espadas express bus from BC stops at Belmopan and SI before continuing to Flores.

      Does that answer your question?

  7. laurel90L Says:

    Is there a reasonable (price/time) way to get from Antigua, Guatemala to Placencia, Belize? Possibly via Puerto Barrios/Rio Dulce/Livingston? I’m having trouble putting all the transport pieces together and sites only talk about arriving in Placencia from the north.

    We have a week in Guatemala to see Antigua and other sites, but my daughter has her heart set on visiting a typical white sand/palm tree/turquoise water beach. Placencia looks to be the closest beach that sort of matches that description. Would it be cheaper/faster to go to one of the more northerly beaches in Belize? We’d also like to see some ruins in either Guatemala or Belize.

    • belizebus Says:

      Water taxis run daily from Puerto Barrios to Punta Gorda (see Section 9), then you can get a bus to Independence (maybe BZ$10) and then the Hokey Pokey water taxi to Placencia.

      Another person has reported that water taxis now run daily from Livingston to PG — I haven’t confirmed this.

      For “typical white sand/palm tree/turquoise water beach”, I wouldn’t go to Placencia. Although the Placencia beach is one of the biggest in Belize, the sand is not the whitest, and the water is not the clearest. I’d suggest going to Ambergris Caye.

      Here’s an option… bus to Flores, go to Tikal, bus to Belize City (unless you want to stop at San Ignacio to see a Mayan site or do a cave tour), water taxi to Ambergris Caye.

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