Riding the bus in Belize

local Belize bus

If you’re interested in catching local transportation in Belize, riding the bus is one of the cheapest ways of getting around. It is also a great way to get a bit more authentic in your travels because it’s how most locals travel.

Buses usually only travel on the major highways and pass every ½ hour. You can wait for the bus at any corner of the main roads but its recommended that you go to the bus terminal.

Before you get on a bus, ask a local what the cost will be for where you’re going and make sure you’re carrying lose change so that the conductor doesn’t overcharge you – this will be the guy that walks around the bus asking for fares.

But wait…if you are interesting in using the public transit in Belize, there are a few things you must know before you come. And these things all revolve around the fact that the comfort levels are pretty bad. I’m not trying to deter anyone from riding the bus but I want to make sure that you know what you’re signing up for when you do so.

crowded bus in belize

The buses are always crowded. If you’re waiting for the bus at a terminal, sometimes you have to fight your way onto the bus. This is because there is no ticketing system so everyone rushes into the bus. This also makes it a concern if you’re waiting for the bus on the side of the road, the bus might not stop for you if it’s overcrowded.

The last time I rode the bus was when I was in Belize (January 2015) and the first thing I noticed was that the seats were noticeably uncomfortable. After an hour of sitting in my cramped spot (I have long legs), my butt started to hurt. I think its because the seat cushions are super old and are now worn out – well that makes sense since the buses that are in Belize are those old school buses that come to ‘retire’ there. Haha.

Another thing that might concern some folks is that the rides take super long. This is because there aren’t designated bus stops and when people are ready to get off, they just get up and shout “right here” – once the bus hits highway villages, this tends to happen every few blocks.

When I lived in Belize, what made me hate riding the bus the most was during the summer months when it would get super hot and extremely humid. The buses are always crowded and there’s no A/C. To make matters worst, if a rainstorm would come they would have to roll up the windows and the bus would turn into a hot steamy mess. Haha.

 

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5 Responses to Riding the bus in Belize

  1. Rebecca Coutant March 15, 2015 at 5:46 PM #

    Ahhh yes the rainstorm! UGH! All the windows steamed up…misery.

  2. Caroline Paton March 16, 2015 at 1:03 AM #

    Just had a bus experience Feb 26/15 Punta Gorda to Placencia. Very economical ($9 Belizean) and a little uncomfortable in the seating dept. however it was rich in experiencing the local comings and goings. We noticed lunch deliveries for school children, multiple stops for people getting on and off at every little habitation area package deliveries. These bus routes clearly keep locals connected in so many ( endearing) ways. #lovebelize

  3. Lorenzo Juniah March 16, 2015 at 3:30 PM #

    My worst experience would be when there was a steamy mess and also a gang of Mennonites were sitting beside me. lol

  4. Lorenzo Juniah March 16, 2015 at 3:34 PM #

    Yeah exactly! Thats why i mentioned it's one of the most authentic ways to travel. Glad you had fun.

  5. Aretha Crawford May 27, 2015 at 6:27 AM #

    I rather use the bus to get around whenever I visit home. Give me a chance to see part of Belize I never knew and of course it way cheaper to get on a bus instead of renting a car and buy gas for it….

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