Getting to Belize

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Belize sign

Located in Central America, just south of Mexico and east of Guatemala, Belize is easy to get to from almost anywhere in in the United States, which is its primary market (70%). But since the country doesn’t cater to mass tourism and thus has limited transportation options, getting there and around Belize can be a bit expensive.

See: 10 reasons to visit Belize

Getting to Belize by Air

Direct Flights to Belize from  USA, Canada, Latin America & Mexico

For tourists, flying into Belize is by far the most popular way to get to the country with all international flights landing just outside of Belize City, at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Ladyville. Locally known as PGIA, Phillip Goldson Airport it’s the only international airport in Belize.

U.S. to Belize flights

Flights to Belize from the U.S. are not cheap. The main carriers are United, Delta, and American Airlines, and the main cities they depart from are New York, Miami, Houston, and Atlanta. Also sometimes from Los Angeles and Chicago.

International Airlines U.S. Airports
Alaska AirSeatle & Los Angeles
American AirlinesMiami, Dallas, Charlotte & Los Angeles
Delta Air LinesAtlanta & Minneapolis
Frontier AirlinesDenver & Orlando
Southwest AirlinesHouston & Denver
Sun Country AirlinesMinneapolis
United AirlinesHouston, Chicago, Newark, Denver, Los Angeles

Canada to Belize flights

If you’re coming from Canada, West Jet and Air Canada have direct flights to Belize on a weekly basis during the fall and winter time (Belize’s high tourism season), which is from November to April. Otherwise, you’ll have to fly to Belize through a flight connection in the U.S.

International Airlines Canadian Airports
Air CanadaToronto
WestJetCalgary & Toronto

Central America direct flights to Belize

If you’re traveling from Europe, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, flight connections are necessary. Passengers from Central America and South America can fly using Avianca with a usual stop in El Salvador.

  • Avianca
    • Flights to Belize from El Salvador, Costa Rica & Panama
  • Tropic Air
    • This is a local Belize airline that has flights to Flores, Guatemala, Cancun, and Merida in Mexico, and Roatan and San Pedro Sula in Honduras

Getting to Belize by land

ADO Bus booth in Belize City

With Belize bordering Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west, one of the most popular ways to enter Belize is through its land borders. In fact, land transportation is the most inexpensive way to arrive in Belize.

Mexico buses to Belize

Taking the bus from Mexico to Belize is pretty common. The ADO company has overnight buses from Cancun or Playa del Carmen to Belize City.

Guatemala buses to Belize

To get to Belize from Guatemala via bus, one must take the Maya De Oro bus line, which departs from Guatemala City to Melchor de Menchos, a small town that sits across Belize’s western border. If you are in Flores, Peten, you can catch collectivos which are small private vans that everyone uses.

Getting to Belize by sea

Harvest Caye

Belize receives over a million cruise visitors per year. Often, these visitors just stop off in the country for 5 to 6 hours before continuing on their Caribbean cruise.

Cruises to Belize

Some of the primary cruise lines that have stops in Belize include Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Final words

To help you plan your trip to Belize, consider looking at my guides: where to go in Belize, where to stay, best time to visit, and the top things to do in Belize. If you would like personal travel advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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How do most tourists get to Belize?

Flying is the most popular way to get to Belize, with all international flights landing at the Phillip Goldson International Airport near in Belize City. Locally known as PGIA, it’s Belize’s only international airport.

Which airport should I fly into in Belize?

Belize has one international airport, Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), located in Ladyville, near Belize City. It is the main hub for local airlines Tropic Air and Maya Island Air, and serves several international airlines including American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, Alaskan Air, Air Canada, and West Jet.