Taxis in Belize usually don’t have any markings (although this seems to be changing), and I haven’t yet seen one with a meter. They can be identified by a green license plate that displays, in white, the letter “D” followed by four digits. Most are sedan type cars with a maximum capacity of 4 passengers, but there are some van type vehicles with seating for more passengers. The standard fare for short trips in most cities and towns is BZ$5.00 to $7.00 per taxi (not per passenger). Fares for longer distances are sometimes negotiable.

Taxi License Plate

In some towns, shared taxi vans (sometimes called colectivos in other countries) provide transportation to smaller villages. These vans usually wait near bus terminals, and don’t depart until they are nearly full. Fares depend on distance, and are cheaper than taxi fares.

Shared taxi van – this one can can carry 6 passengers.


Water Taxi
A water taxi is a boat that provides transportation across water. Seating capacity can be up to 100 passengers depending on the size of the boat. Water taxi trips are sometimes cancelled in rough sea conditions. See websites for schedules & fares.

1. Water taxi between Belize City, Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye

a) Ocean Ferry Belize
In Belize City, this service operates from a terminal on North Front Street beside the Swing Bridge.

b) San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi
In Belize City, this service operates from the Brown Sugar Market at 111 North Front Street, a few hundred metres from the Swing Bridge.

c) Nautilus Express Water Taxi
Nautilus Express is a private water taxi service for people going to Ambergris Caye. A representative meets visitors at the airport and takes them for a 5 minute shuttle ride to the marina. The trip includes snacks.


2. Water taxi between Corozal and Ambergris Caye
The “Thunderbolt” water taxi departs daily at 7.00 am from the municipal pier by the Corozal House of Culture in Corozal. In San Pedro, it departs daily at 3:00 pm from the lagoon side of the island near the soccer field. It stops at Sarteneja on each trip. Tickets are purchased at the pier before departure. Try to confirm if the boat is operating because I’ve observed that on some Sundays, it hasn’t made the trip, and departures have been cancelled in the low tourist season.
Fare (January 2017): BZ$50 one way; BZ$90 return.
Trip duration: 2 hours.

Thunderbolt Water Taxi

Thunderbolt Information (click on image to enlarge)

Thunderbolt Information – Nov. 2014
(click on image to enlarge)


3. Water taxi between Corozal and Sarteneja
On 26 March 2018, the “Bay Runner” began operation with 4 runs per week.
The service ceased in December 2018, but I’ll leave the link to the website in case they start again.


4. Water taxi service between Independence and Placencia
The “Hokey Pokey” operates between Independence (Kingfisher Landing) and Placencia (MnM Hardware/Fuel Dock). Click the link for the schedule.


5. Water taxi providing service for Ambergris Caye
Coastal Xpress Water Taxi provides water taxi service along the coast of Ambergris Caye.
Tel: 226-2007, 226-3007
Email: coastalxpress@yahoo.com
Also offers cargo deliveries and private charters


6. Water taxi service in Stann Creek
Happy Go Luckie Tours in Hopkins offers water taxi service from Hopkins to Dangriga, Tobacco Caye, Placencia, South Water Caye and Glover’s Reef. It’s not a regular schedule; passengers must prearrange trips.

Examples of one-way fares in 2017:
Dangriga: 2 pax = $90 BZ pp…3-6 pax = $60 pp
Tobacco Caye: 2 pax = $90 BZ pp…3-6 pax = $60 pp
Southwater Caye: 2 pax = $90 BZ pp…3-6 pax = $60 pp
Placencia: 2 pax $120 BZ pp…3-6 pax = $80 pp
Glover’s Reef: 2 pax = $300 BZ pp. 3-6 pax = $200 pp
Contact HGL Tours about other destinations and fares for larger groups.


Here are links to the two Belizean airlines, a private charter company, and a helicopter service:
a) Maya Island Air, http://www.mayaislandair.com/
b) Tropic Air, http://www.tropicair.com/
c) Javier’s Flying Service, http://www.javiersflyingservice.com/
d) Astrum Helicopters, http://www.astrumhelicopters.com/

Here are links to two airlines operating in Central America:
a) Avianca Airlines (has flights to Belize), http://www.avianca.com/en-co/
b) Copa Airlines (has flights to Belize), http://www.copaair.com


Car Rental
Check under Automobile Renting in the Yellow Pages of the online Belize telephone directory:

Motorcycle Rental

Driving in Belize
All the main highways are paved, two-lane and well signposted (visitors might disagree about the signposting). A four-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary unless you plan to get way off the highways. Insurance is mandatory. If entering from a neighbouring country, insurance can be purchased at the border during office hours. Current gasoline prices are in the Updates section above. If coming from Mexico or Guatemala, it might be a good idea to fill up before entering Belize.

The Philip Goldson Highway (formerly called the Northern Highway) is the main highway from Belize City to Orange Walk, Corozal and the northern border. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph).

The George Price Highway (formerly called the Western Highway) is the highway from Belize City to Belmopan, San Ignacio, Benque and the western border. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph).

The Burrell Boom Road is a highway that connects the Philip Goldson Highway to the George Price Highway. It’s often used as a shorter route to go from the airport to Cayo District.

The Hummingbird Highway is the main highway from Belmopan to Dangriga. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph), but with many curves and some one-lane bridges, it’s not safe to drive the maximum speed limit on much of this highway. This is a very scenic route.

The Southern Highway is the highway from the Dangriga turn-off to Punta Gorda. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 kph). There has been some roadwork in recent years, but I think it’s completed now, and the highway is sometimes blocked due to flooding at the Kendall Bridge. The road to Placencia is now paved. The road to Hopkins is in the process of being paved (March 2015).

Maps show another road, the Coastal Highway, that runs from the George Price Highway (about halfway between Belmopan & Belize City) to the Hummingbird Highway near Dangriga. It’s not really a highway — it’s a gravel road through the bush, and there’s nothing to see except trees and dust, and nowhere to stop (no gas available). If travelling from Belize City to Dangriga, this is a shorter distance, but the road is not paved so you won’t be able to drive as fast as on the highway. The Coastal Highway is also used by large trucks that are sometimes reluctant to give way, and the road may be impassable in very wet conditions. If you plan to use this road, try to confirm the condition first. Some rental companies will not allow vehicles on the road. I would not recommend going via that road.

Some general safety tips…
On the highways, be aware of unmarked speed bumps near towns and villages.
When wet, the pavement can get VERY slippery due to the type of paving material.
Be aware of pedestrians and cyclists walking & riding ON THE HIGHWAY, not on the shoulder. Be careful of that especially at night because lights and reflectors are seldom used.
If driving at night, take more care because road lighting is poor (non-existent).
The highways have white posts that act as mile markers.
And there are some bad drivers in Belize — watch out for speeding buses.


Transfer Service
A good option for travelling to some destinations is a transfer service. Here are some companies that offer a transfer/shuttle service:

a) Discounted Belize Shuttles and Tours,

b) Belize VIP Transfer Service,

c) George & Esther Moralez Travel Service,

d) William’s Belize Shuttle,

e) Teddy Bear Shuttle, http://www.teddybearshuttle.com/

f) Danielia’s Shuttle,

g) Placencia Shuttles,

h) Ron’s Belize Shuttle Service

i) Live Belize Private Transfer Service

j) Breathe Belize Shuttles

k) Julian Shuttles & Transfers

l) Mayan Heart World

Some tour companies can provide a transfer service:
m) Cayo Adventure Tours, http://www.cayoadventure.com/
n) Mayawalk Tours, http://mayawalk.com/
o) Pacz Tours, http://www.pacztours.net/
p) Roam Belize, http://www.roambelize.com/transfers/

Advantages of a transfer service:
— pick up from almost anywhere, even Cancun airport
— transport directly to destination
— make stops along the way for food, toilet, sightseeing
— comfort; the ones I’ve seen have new looking vans with a/c
— easy; no waiting for buses or negotiating with taxi drivers
— the drivers I’ve seen are courteous and professional
— assistance with the border/immigration procedures
— safety; I’ve never heard of any negative incidents


Cruise Ship
Here are links to cruise ship schedules. These are included as information for visitors who want to avoid tourist destinations on the days when cruise ships are here:





  1. Facundo Says:

    Hi. I arrive to Phillip Goldson Int Airport and my final destination is Tulum. I’ve read that I have to take a local bus to Chetumal, and then the ADO to Tulum, but I want to know the schedules of the local bus.

    • belizebus Says:


      Buses leave from Belize City every 30 to 45 minutes. They all go past the airport on the way to Corozal, and most (maybe all) continue to Chetumal. See the schedule in Section 3 Northern Zone (WordPress doesn’t allow a larger image).

      You could simply walk, hitch or taxi from the airport to the highway (2.5 km) and wait on the side of the highway for a bus, or go all the way back to Belize City bus terminal to board the bus.

      There is another option. ADO run 2 daily express buses from BC to Cancun with a stop at Tulum. The first bus leaves BC in the morning but I don’t know the exact time, and the second bus departs at 7:30 pm. It’s about 6.5 hours to Tulum on this bus. You can board this bus at Belize City bus terminal or Orange Walk bus terminal.

  2. Andrew C. Says:

    I am trying to get from Belize City to Tikal for a few nigts, then down to Hopkins for a week or less and back to belize city for a flight home.
    Any thoughts as to the best route/mode of transpot?

    • belizebus Says:

      Your options are bus, transfer service, rental car and flight. Each has pros & cons, and I can’t say what is “best” for you without knowing what your priorities are: cost, promptness, comfort, ease, etc.

      If you’re a lower budget traveller, a good option might be one of the express buses from BC to Flores. You can get off near El Remate and other transportation to Tikal. The bus is US$25 or $27 depending on the bus line.

      If you have a higher budget, fly with Tropic Air. For more freedom, rent a car from Crystal Car Rental. For a stress-free trip, use a transfer service (private shuttle). More details are on this site.

      For getting back to Hopkins, I’d suggest the Marlin Espadas bus from Flores to Belize City. Maybe you can get picked up at El Remate (check with them) so you don’t have to go back to Flores. The other advantage of Espadas is that the bus makes a stop at Belmopan where you have to get a bus to Dangriga. At Dangriga, change to the Hopkins bus. Details are on this site.

  3. Eric O Says:

    Belize Bus, your information is awesome! Thanks so much for all your replies and information. I cannot find any info on the ADO bus from Novelo station in BC to Playa del Carmen that travels during the day.
    So I got thinking after researching your site, since there are 9 of us with luggage, why not hire a private small bus large van to drive us from the Belize Aggressor to PDC during the day on Oct 28, 2017. Any recommendations on which service would be best? I emailed several of them and will see how this idea prices out.
    Thanks again for all your current info, research and prompt replies. Sincerely, Eric O

    • belizebus Says:

      I guess you found the list of transfer services in Section 4.

      I’d suggest the top three on the list. Discounted operates throughout Belize (check to see if they go to Mexico), and I read only positive comments about them.

      The next two are based in Corozal, and I know they go into Mexico. I’ve seen them in Chetumal and the drivers appear professional with new looking vehicles.

  4. Nikki Says:

    i am trying to charter a bus in Belize for 37 passengers, last year we used Tillett Bus Line. Tilletts picked the group up at the Mexico border crossing, traveled to Orange Walk, then San Ignacio and then to Belize City. Does anyone know a company to use, phone number or email?

  5. Lise Says:

    Hello..I would like to get an express bus from the airport to the zoo and/or possible shuttle option. What are my options?

    • belizebus Says:

      There are no public buses from Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA). If you want to go to the zoo by bus, you first have to get to the bus terminal in Belize City.

      The quickest way is to get a taxi to Belize City (BZ$50.00 or US$25 per taxi, not per passenger). The cheap option is to walk, hitch or taxi from the airport terminal to the Philip Goldson Highway (about 2.5 km) and wait for a bus. Upon reaching the T-intersection with the highway, Belize City is to the right, so wait anywhere on the side of the highway. When a bus approaches, wave an arm up and down to get it to stop. Express buses will not stop. The fare to Belize City is BZ$2, and the bus terminates at the bus terminal where you can change to a Regular bus to Benque (ask the driver to stop at the zoo). Express buses do not stop at the zoo.

      If you want to use a transfer service from the airport, look for the list of transfer services in Section 4. I’d suggest Discounted or William’s Belize Shuttle. Contact them for prices.

  6. Carmen Says:

    Hola, necesito ir de Chetumal a Corozal para tomar el avion a la isla San Pedro, me pueden orientar por favor

    • belizebus Says:

      “Hello, I need to go from Chetumal to Corozal to take the plane to San Pedro Island, can you guide me please?”

      The easiest way is to use a transfer service. Here are two based in Corozal…
      b) Belize VIP Transfer Service,

      c) George & Esther Moralez Travel Service,

      I think the price is around US$50, but contact them for exact price. They will meet you in Chetumal and take you directly to the airport.

      A cheap way is to get a Belizean bus, but I haven’t heard if they have resumed crossing the border (there have been some issues with insurance).

      Another option is to get a Chetumal bus or taxi to the border, go through Immigration, walk across and get a bus or taxi on the Belize side. See Section 6 for more details. A taxi will take you directly to the airport for about BZ$30. If you get a bus, it will stop at the bus terminal in Corozal, and you can get a taxi to the airport. Or you can ask the bus driver to drop you off at the airport entrance, but it’s about 300 metres to the airport (not a pleasant walk with luggage).

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