Getting Around Belize

The best ways to get around Belize are by car, water taxi and plane. Taxis and rental cars are the most hassle-free mode of transportation around Belize City. Cabs and cars are also the easiest way to get to and from Belize City's Municipal Airport (TZA) just outside the city center or Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA), which is about 10 miles northwest of Belize City in Ladyville. Hopper planes also transport passengers to popular islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Water taxis are the best mode of transportation to access Belize's numerous cays. Attractions on the mainland are relatively spread out, but Belize itself is a compact country, equipped with commuter buses that transport passengers to popular things to do. However, these buses are typically run-down and routes can be difficult to navigate.

Water Taxi

You can access water taxis in Belize City, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Tiny atolls and cays that are not as frequently visited by tourists tend to require a smaller water taxi operation or a private boat charter. There are multiple water taxi services, including the San Pedro Belize Express, which operate daily shuttle services between Belize City, Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. One-way tickets cost between $15 and $20 USD.

Taxi

Taxis are affordable and easy to flag in Belize City and Ambergris Caye's main city, San Pedro. Taxi fares typically range from $6 to $14 BZD (approximately $3 to $7 USD). However, regular taxis have no fixed meter rate or consistent look. You'll want to agree on a price before getting into the taxi. On Caye Caulker, chauffeured golf-carts replace taxis. You can rent a golf cart for daily or weekly fees. 

Car

Belize City's four primary roads — the Northern (officially named Philip SW Goldson Highway), Western (officially George Price Highway), Southern and Hummingbird highways — are all easy to navigate, making driving the ideal mode of transportation for visiting the outlying Mayan sites. Rental cars are easy to come by near the city's two major airports, however, you'll need to acquire an international driving permit to drive here. Consider renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle, as some roads leading up to the major Mayan sites are rustic, and rainy weather can make for challenging driving conditions.

Bus

Dozens of bus companies offer service along Belize's Northern, Western, Hummingbird and Southern highways. However, there is no standard bus system in Belize City. Prices vary depending on distance, the company and the type of service. Autotransportes De Oriente (ADO) provides transport from Belize City to areas in northern Belize, such as Corozal and Orange Walk, and nearby Mexican destinations, including Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Another reliable bus service, James Bus, offers daily transportation between Belize City to Dangria and Punta Gorda, located in Southern Belize near Toledo and Placencia.

Plane

Commuter airlines make traveling throughout Belize hassle-free. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air provide daily transport from Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA) or Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) to popular destinations. Prices vary depending on the route, the airline and the season.

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