About BelizeBus

Trying to find information about transportation in Belize can be a long and tedious process.

Over the past several years, I’ve been posting information on travel forums and finally decided to start this site. It isn’t really a blog. I use WordPress because it’s a convenient way of sharing all the travel information that I’ve collected over the years – it’s free, easy to edit, and allows for others to ask questions, make comments and offer new or updated information.

All the schedules are directly from transportation companies, media publications or my own experience in Belize. If there’s a schedule that I haven’t confirmed myself, I’ll note that it’s from another source. I shall endeavour to keep the site up to date.

This blog is an original work. Except for the schedule details, the text and images are protected by copyright, and may not be legally modified, copied, reproduced, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way. However, links to this site are permissible. The links given in this site are for information only, and not intended to recommend or endorse any business or service in those sites, nor shall I be responsible for the content of external websites.

Mister B

March 2009


65 Responses to “About BelizeBus”

  1. belizebus Says:

    I haven’t heard of a Batty or Venus bus for several years. Maybe they operate to some local villages(?), but they don’t run buses on the main routes/highways.

    Thanks for the link to the motorcyle rentals. This question came up recently and I found out about the rentals, but didn’t have the link to the website. I’ll add the link.

  2. Elizabeth W. Says:

    We recently put together a visitor version of a map for Corozal Town that we thought might be of interest to you and your blog.

    The map can be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0f9trpJdhr4OVlvRUIyNWp4blk/edit

    When you view the map, please bear in mind that we wanted to keep the map on a single 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper. As such, it isn’t feasible to show every restaurant, grocery store or shop. Instead, we opted to highlight those places that visitors may be told about or have read in various travel publications, plus some other helpful places such as doctors, pharmacies, transportation options, etc.

    Please feel free to download the map and share it with friends, visitors, guests, on personal blogs/websites, etc. There is no charge or permission required to use the map, however we ask that the map not be used for financial gain by an individual, group or business.

    • belizebus Says:

      Well done.

      I’m not sure how I’ll fit it in to this site, but I’ll recommend it wherever possible.

  3. belizebus Says:

    Thank you for the update.

  4. Ronald Says:

    Dear Mister B,
    We d like to travel thursdaymorning 11th of august with 5 persons from chetumal to belize city. Is there an aircondioned bus available? And wher does it depart? Van I buy tickets on advance? Any other options?
    Thanks for answer in advance.
    Kind regards, Ronald

    • belizebus Says:

      The Marlin Espadas website states that their bus has a/c. All the info I have is in the Updates Section. Contact them if you need more details.

      The San Juan bus does not have a/c.

      No other buses have a/c. The only other transport with a/c is a private transfer service which you have to arrange in advance.

  5. Elis Says:

    Good afternoon, I would like to know what place I can take bus to go to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and Lamanai, leaving Belize City and is to do both tours in one day? Thank you for your help
    Elisangela (Brazil)

    • belizebus Says:

      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.
      Trip time: about 1.25 hours
      Fare: BZ$3.50

      I’m not sure where these buses wait in Belize City. Last I heard, they didn’t wait at the bus terminal, but you could go there and ask.

      For Lamanai, buses don’t go to Lamanai. Get any northbound bus from the bus terminal and ask the driver or conductor to drop you off at the place where the tour boats wait. I don’t know if I’d do both in 1 day. Maybe go to Lamanai first and then go back to Crooked Tree and stay a night there.

  6. Nereida Aleman Says:

    I would like to know what place I can take bus to go to from belize city to chetumal, the schedule and prices please. Im from Mexico

    Thanks for answer in advance.
    Kind regards

    • belizebus Says:

      In Belize City, buses use the Belize City bus terminal (commonly known as Novelo’s) located on West Collet Canal. Buses leave about every 30 to 60 minutes (see schedule in Section 3), and the fare is about BZ$12. If there isn’t a bus going all the way to Chetumal, get one to Corozal and then change.

  7. Jeri J. Says:

    Is there an express bus that leaves San Ignacio to Belize City. Looking for bus transportation to airport on Thursday or Friday

    • belizebus Says:

      I think there are a couple express buses per day, but I don’t have a schedule. I’d expect that they would run at the peak travel times in the morning and late afternoon. Regular buses leaves every 30 minutes.

      If you’re spending a bit of time in San Ignacio, maybe you can ask around about express buses (and let me know). The Cayo Welcome Centre might know.

  8. Jason Says:

    Hi- Thanks for maintaining this blog. Its really great. Question for you, have you ever spent time in Belize on Christmas. I’m wondering how it will be to get around on 12/25 -12/26 and if tour operators will be running?

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes, I have been in Belize during Christmas.

      Buses run but on a reduced schedule — maybe every hour or two rather than every 30 minutes. Water taxis run — in previous years, they have sometimes posted holiday schedules on their websites if there are any changes.

      Tour operators will probably be running if there are pre-arranged tours, or if a cruise ship is in port, but their offices might be closed on Christmas Day.

  9. Nancy C. Says:

    How do I get from Belize city to Roatan Honduras by bus and ferry?

    • belizebus Says:

      A weekly direct bus to San Pedro Sula leaves BC every Saturday at 6am — it takes 12 hours and costs US$75.

      Two daily express buses (Linea Dorada and Fuente del Norte) run from BC to Flores where you can change to another bus to SPS. I don’t have any information about buses from Flores to Honduras.

      At SPS, you have to get to La Ceiba for the ferry to Roatan — I don’t have that info.

      Another option from BC is the weekly water taxi to Puerto Cortes. It leaves every Friday at 9am. Then you have to get to La Ceiba, but I don’t have that information.

      Some of these options are on this website…

  10. Tuomo Says:

    I have a question for you. I would like to know how can we get a bus from Tulum Mexico to Orange Walk Belize? The day we should arrive on in Orange Walk is february 3 rd.
    Thank you for helping us!

    • belizebus Says:

      Easy. Go to the ADO bus terminal in Tulum and buy a ticket.

      Currently, there are two express buses per day that run from Cancun to Belize City. They make stops at Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Corozal and Orange Walk. The first bus departs from Cancun daily at 7:30 am and the second bus departs at 10:15 pm. Estimate about 2 hours for the bus to reach Tulum, and estimate about 5.5 hours to go from Tulum to OW. I’d prefer the first bus because the second bus arrives at OW in the middle of the night.

      If you’re spending a few days at Tulum, you can go to the bus terminal a day or two before your travel date and buy your ticket.

      ADO website for schedules & fares: https://www.ado.com.mx/

      • Tuomo Says:

        Thank you! I think that the ADO would be the right choise, but i cant find the Orange Walk from the list. I found Tulum, Q, Roo. but not the Orange Walk.

      • belizebus Says:

        Don’t worry — that bus does stop at OW.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    How do I get from Belize City to Placencia?

    • belizebus Says:

      If you want to go by bus, all the information I know is on the website. Check Section 3 for the bus schedules in the Southern Zone, and Section 4 for specific instructions for getting to Placencia.

  12. Sakari Says:

    Hello, thanks for the good website.

    What are the options to get to Honduras, San Pedro Sal or other airport cities? We’re trying to find any options, as our final destination is Panama City.

  13. Marley Says:

    Hello, we are a group of about 15 people flying into Chetumal and trying to make our way to Caye Caulker on Saturday June 17th. Do you know much about the water taxi schedules? From what I’ve read they run every other day from Chetumal (and unfortunately the 17th is an off day). Do you know of other boat options / can you rent privately to get there?

    If not, how long is the bus from Chetumal to Belize City and what times do they leave from Chetumal?

    Thank you very much for any info you can provide. Most are coming from Australia and we are at a loss for getting to Caye!

    • belizebus Says:

      All the information is in Section 6. Did you read it?

      Water Jets International is the other water taxi company on that route. The two companies operate on alternate days so there should be a boat every day. Contact them to confirm, and with 15 passengers, it might be a good idea to reserve in advance.

      The bus information is also in Section 6. Let me know if you any questions after reading Section 6.

  14. Edgar A. S. Says:

    Hi thanks for the information, I found that there is a Belizean bus heading out from Chetumal Mercado viejo, almost every hour, But I would love to know how this works from Belice City coat and schedule? Thank you.

    • belizebus Says:

      Buses depart from the bus terminal in Belize City about every 45 minutes. The final destination of the bus is displayed in the front window of the bus. Some buses display “Chetumal”, but sometimes the bus displays “Corozal” even though the bus might continue to Chetumal.

      You can see the departure times on the schedule in Section 3 — just be aware that not all buses run on time. Although Chetumal is not on the schedule, most of the buses (maybe all) continue to Chetumal after Corozal. If the buses don’t go to Chetumal, you can easily change buses at Corozal.

      The fare to Chetumal is about BZ$12 (US$6).

  15. Cheryl Rowland-Nunez Says:

    Current water taxi rates from Hopkins to Dangriga, Placencia or the Cayes in SWCMR. Other destinations can be arranged.

    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

    All prices are for one way transport. Please inquire about other destinations and larger group rates.
    Prices valid for October 1, 2016 to August 31st, 2017

  16. Sundib Espat Says:

    Hello is it possible to have your blog page host the ad of a new and reliable Shuttle service for San Ignacio town?

  17. liz Says:

    Looking for a bus FROM Sarteneja to Belize city on Friday, Sept, 29, 2017. I see a bus schedule posted about travel the opposite directions, but none from – there is a manatee sanctuary that I will tour then, and need info ahead of time so I can make sure I dont miss as it seems rare or nonexistent. Thank you in advance!!

    • belizebus Says:

      Hi Liz,

      Here’s what I have in Section 3 in the Northern Zone information…

      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.

      That info was provided by a resident of Sarteneja in 2010, so be aware that the schedule might have changed. If you find any updated information, let me know and I’ll post it.

      • Liz Aguilar Says:

        Thank you. I need to leave in later morning or early afternoon. Is that is not possible? So far it looks like thunderbolt at 430pm back to corozal for a 530pm bus to belize city. Which is way later than I want. Surprised to be unable to find private water taxis. Thanks for your reply

      • belizebus Says:

        My information soesn’t show any buses from Sarteneja to BC in the afternoon, but it’s old information. Schedules may have changed. You can find out when you get to Sarteneja, then decide.

        The Thinderbolt idea is a good one. It should stop at Sarteneja around 4pm, and then arrive at Corozal around 5pm. The bus termianl is only a few hundred metres from the pier, so you can walk, but with heavy luggage, get a taxi.

        Not enough tourists for private water taxis.

  18. Doug Says:

    Im going to be traveling in November 2017 to Corozal, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker & Belize City. How do I get a bus near the Airport to travel to Corozal

    • belizebus Says:

      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. Orange Walk, Corozal and Mexico are to the left – if going there, cross to the other side of the highway and wait. When you see a bus approaching, wave an arm up and down to get it to stop. Express buses will not stop. The fare to Corozal is about BZ$9.

      The bus stops for passengers all along the route, and it makes a scheduled stop at Orange Walk.

      • Doug Says:

        Thank you for this info. I had pieced together portions of your comments from prior info gathering but it is nice to have all info in one post

        Thanks again

      • belizebus Says:

        When you get on the bus, find a seat first and put your luggage somewhere. Large luggage usually gets placed right at the back of the bus, in front of the emergency exit door. I like to sit near my luggage so I can keep an eye on it.

        After the bus gets going again, the conductor will come to you to collect the fare.

      • Doug H. Says:

        Just came back from Belize. Took a cab ($10.00 US) from the airport to the intersection of the Northern Highway (2 miles) at about 430 pm local time.. A (chicken) bus came by within a minute I asked them if they went to Corozal. They said yes. Climbed on and away we went. They charged me $1.50 US for the ride to Orange Walk, stopping at many places along the way. I got to O.W. just in time to catch another bus to Corozal. This one too stopped many different times. They charged me $2.00 US for the ride to Corozal. Got into Corozal about 730pm local time

        A very interesting experience to be sure

  19. Liz Says:

    So far, I’ve found thebusschedule.com
    I’m trying to get from corozal, but really sarteneja to belize city but it looks like corozal has a terminal. I don’t know much, still looking for transportation myself. Good luck to you

    • belizebus Says:

      Yes, Corozal has a bus terminal.

      There are buses from Sarteneja to Belize City. The schedules I have in Section 3 are from 2010, so they might be different now. You can find out better information when you get to Sarteneja.

      Bus fare from Corozal to BC is about BZ$9 or $10, and the fare from Sarteneja is about the same.

  20. owen b Says:

    Hi I heard the site was a great site that I can get some recommendations on how to travel via bus. I currently live in belmopan we usually fly to and from Belize but want to Try going by bus. Our idea was to bus from Chetumal to los Angeles is that possible? I figured this might be the best And affordable way that my wife and I to travel. Please share suggestions, knowledge and tips on company, routes etc. Thanks a bunch

    • belizebus Says:

      From Chetumal, you can use ADO buses to get to Mexico City, then you’re on your own — I’m not familiar with bus companies to get to to and over the border.

      Here’s the link to the ADO website…

      Fares are in pesos.

      I’ve heard others say that domestic flights in Mexico are sometime cheaper than bus fares.

  21. Louise Says:

    We are looking to take the bus from Playa del Carmen to Belize & would like to know how far from the border is Stann Creek – we have a vacation home rental there – and how would we get to Stann Creek from the border
    Thanks for any help you can give us

    • belizebus Says:

      Which bus are you taking to Belize? Two ADO buses per day run from Playa to Belize City. The ADO buses stop at the border for immigration — get off the bus for that, but get back on and continue to Belize City.

      The ADO buses terminate at the bus terminal in BC, and you can continue by Belizean bus to Stann Creek.

      Stann Creek is the name of a District, not the name of a town or village, so for more specific information, I need to know the name of the town you are going to. All the bus schedules are in Section 3. Please read the schedules.

      If you do get off a bus at the border, then you need to get a Belizean bus at the border, go to BC, and change to a bus to Stann Creek.

      It’s 2 to 3 hours from the border to Belize City, then 3 to 4 hours to Stann Creek.

  22. Brian Says:

    Trying to get from Orange Walk to the airport without going into Belize City……….any suggestions? Brian

    • belizebus Says:

      Cheapest… get a bus from OW and ask the conductor to drop you at the airport road, then walk the 2.5 km to the airport terminal (or wait for a taxi or hitch).

      Or, ask the bus conductoe to drop you at Ladyville, where it might be easier to get a taxi.

      Or, taxi from OW.

  23. MJ Says:

    Hello, i’m going fromFlores, Guatemala to Bacalar, Mexico. I intend to take the 5:00 am bus departing from Flores going to Belize City. I understand i have to change in Belize City. Can you tell what bus i need to take in order to reach Bacalar,Mexico. I understood there’s a ADO bus leaving at 11:00. Do you know is this bus stops in Bacalar or i need to take another bus and what is the price of the busfare. How long does it takes from Belize City to Bacalar? Thank you very much for the information.

    • belizebus Says:

      The ADO buses from Belize City to Cancun (departures from BC daily at 11:00 am and 7:30 pm) make a stop at Bacalar (fare is BZ$19). The trip time is about 3 hours.

      Some other Belizean buses go to Chetumal, and do not stop at Bacalar.

  24. jess Says:

    Do you know how much Morales Bus charges if rented for an educational trip to Belize City?

  25. Brian Says:

    I need a bus from water taxi in Belize City to Flores…….suggestions?

    • belizebus Says:

      Scroll down to Section 9. TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN BELIZE AND GUATEMALA. It’s all there.

  26. Donna Says:

    Hi there, is there a phone number that I can call to find out bus schedules leaving from Orange Walk, Belize to Mexico City and the price of the bus ride as well as if there will be a changeover.
    Thank you.

    • belizebus Says:

      The only phone numbers I have are in Section 6. The numbers are a few years old and may have changed.

      Telephone numbers for information & ticket sales in Belize:
      Belize City: 625-5900, 636-5256, 669-9683
      Orange Walk: 624-8200, 302-2240
      Corozal: the MCD Art Shop (opposite bus terminal) opens at 8:30 pm to sell tickets; tel: 663-3014.

  27. ronsbelizetraveladvisory Says:

    Is it possible to get listed on your page as a Private Shuttle company ? Thank you

  28. Blessed Says:

    Greetings and Love. I left a important bag on the bus 18miles……hiw do No contact the bus line…..

    • belizebus Says:

      I don’t know which bus you were on, but I don’t have contact details for all the bus lines anyway.

  29. Lieuwe Brouwer Says:

    Dear Mr. B,

    Thank you very much for your thorough overview, it’s been a great help in planning our trip! My girlfriend and I are very much looking forward to visiting Belize 🙂

    We are planning to take the daytime ADO bus from Cancún to Orange Walk (7.30AM departure). However, through the ADO website it’s only possible to select Belize City as a destination. How do we make sure we can get off at Orange Walk? Is it simply a matter of telling the bus driver that we want to get off early?

    A few days later, we ‘d like to go from Orange Walk to Chetumal; you mention that there are regular buses going between these places. Is there any place where we can see a schedule so that we can plan ahead? Or is it best to just go to the Orange Walk bus station when we are there and hop on the first available bus?

    Thanks in advance for your answer!

    • belizebus Says:

      The ADO website doesn’t offer OW as an option, but the bus does stop at OW. So, you can’t buy a Cancun-to-OW ticket on-line. You can buy a Cancun-to-OW ticket at an ADO office at Cancun. The reason is because ADO doesn’t operate the service in Belize — has to do with Mexico-Belize bus politics.

      The stop at OW is a scheduled stop, so you shouldn’t have to tell the driver.

      I think the ADO buses use the bus terminal at OW, so when you arrive from Cancun, check the schedule for buses going to Chetumal. If there are no schedules posted, look for a bus going to Corozal or Chetumal and ask the driver or conductor. Also ask the ADO driver if that bus goes to Chetumal on the return trip to Cancun.

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