Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Taking the Intercity Public Bus

Belize actually has a great public bus system for moving around the country. If you ever wondered where old school buses from the US go to die, well now you know. The bus ride is is a great thing to experience; riding along in a big school bus with the windows open and reggae playing on the stereo. Its not the smoothest ride (especially on the dirt road heading south to Punta Gorda), but its a great way to mingle with the locals. The fares are very reasonable and most of the time there are a lot of open seats. The buses are operated by several transport companies so for most locations there is a bus leaving every 30 minutes to an hour. You can ride west to Guatemala and cross at Benque Viejo del Carmen and ride north to Chetumal, Mexico and south as far as Punta Gorda.

National Transport is one of the bigger bus operators and you can find their schedule here

This site has a pretty good description of the bus setup in Belize as well


About This Blog

This blog is dedicated to Belize and Central America from the Yucatan peninsula to the edge of the Mosquito Coast in Honduras. After spending a lot of time in Belize I've picked up on a lot of info that isn't in the guidebooks and this blog is my chance to record it.

After travelling extensively, I've come to realize that Belize really is a country like no other. Its a place with geographic diversity from the coral reefs to the Mayan mountains, and cultural diversity from the ancient mayans to the garifuna. All it takes is one ride along the bumpy dirt road on an old school bus in Belize to really appreciate the fact that you are in a place like no other.

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