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Public Transportation in Belize City

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Belize City is an important step in adjusting to life in Belize City. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
|-Public Transportation in Belize City

Public transportation in Belize City is a unique experience that is quite different from what you might be used to in larger, more developed cities. The city does not have a subway or tram system, but it does have a few different types of public transportation that are widely used by locals and tourists alike. These include buses, taxis, and water taxis. The bus system, run by Belize City Council, is the most common form of public transportation, followed by taxis which are independently operated. Water taxis are also a popular choice for those looking to travel to the nearby islands. With these options, an expat living in Belize City could comfortably live without a car, relying on the public transportation system and walking.


The bus system in Belize City is the primary mode of public transportation and is widely used by locals. Buses are typically old school buses imported from the United States and can be a bit crowded, but they are an affordable and efficient way to get around the city. The buses run on a regular schedule and cover most areas of the city. However, they do not run late into the night, so they may not be the best option for those who work late hours or enjoy the city’s nightlife. The cost of a bus ride is typically around 1 Belize dollar, making it a very affordable option. While the buses are generally safe, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings.


Taxis in Belize City are another common form of public transportation. They are not metered, so it’s important to negotiate the fare before you get in. The typical fare for a short ride within the city is around 7 Belize dollars. Taxis are a good option for those who need to travel at night or want a more comfortable and private mode of transportation. They are generally safe, but as with any taxi service, it’s a good idea to use reputable companies and avoid unlicensed taxis.

Water Taxis

Water taxis are a unique and fun way to get around in Belize City. They are especially popular for travel to the nearby islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. The water taxis are operated by two main companies, San Pedro Belize Express and Ocean Ferry Belize. The cost of a one-way ticket to Caye Caulker is around 18 Belize dollars, and to Ambergris Caye is around 25 Belize dollars. The water taxis are a safe and reliable form of transportation, and they offer a unique way to see the beautiful Belizean coastline.

In conclusion, while Belize City’s public transportation system may not be as extensive or modern as those in larger cities, it is more than capable of getting you where you need to go. Whether you’re an expat living in the city or a tourist exploring the area, you can comfortably get by without a car. Just remember to plan ahead, especially if you’ll be traveling at night or need to get to the islands.

Expats talk about Public Transportation in Belize City

“To explore the country you need a car.. In the city there is plenty of public transport, which I have used regularly. Taxis, town buses and country buses. I also travel to cancun or playa del Carmen, Mexico, or Flores Guatemala by international buses. The public transport is easy, it’s old American school buses… Are they safe? Well there aren’t many regulations and what regulations there are are blatantly abused, but I can get from one end of the country to the other on public transport which is much cheaper than gas (currently 6 us a gallon). To get to the islands from Belize city, there are excellent water taxis running hourly,” commented an expat living in Belize City.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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