Belize only has three major highways (the Northern, Western and Southern), but the majority of the country is well served by public transport. The unpaved side roads are sometimes in poor repair, though they are usually passable except in the worst rainstorms.
By busBuses are the cheapest, and most efficient, way to travel in Belize – nearly all towns are connected, and the longest trip in the country (Belize City to Punta Gorda; 5–7hr) costs only Bz$25. The main towns are served by fast and comfortable express buses, which stop only at the towns’ terminals. For villages off the main highways, however, you’ll have to rely on slower local services, often with just one bus a day running Monday to Saturday only. These buses are brightly painted, recycled North American school buses, which will pick up and drop off anywhere along the roadside. The most frequent services operate along the Western and Northern highways, usually from very early in the morning to mid-evening. The Hummingbird and Southern highways, to Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda, are not quite so well provided for, though services are improving. Tickets are purchased from the conductor.
By carIn the most remote parts of Belize bus services will probably only operate once a day, if at all, and unless you have your own transport (which is expensive), hitching is the only option. Though common among locals, it is important to remember that this practice is never completely safe. Otherwise, the main drawback is the shortage of traffic; if cars do pass they’ll usually offer you a lift, though you may be expected to offer the driver some money in return.
All taxis in Belize are licensed, and can be identified by their green plates. They operate from special ranks in the centre of all mainland towns. There are no meters, so establish your fare in advance; within towns a Bz$8–10 fixed rate should apply. It is also possible to negotiate taxi rides between cities, though this option can be quite expensive: usually at least US$60–100 per person for a three-hour ride.