What's different about the bus system in Belize is that none of the cities, towns, or villages have a local bus. Instead, the buses travel between major destinations throughout the country. Fortunately, one of the major stops for most bus lines is in Punta Gorda.
The James Bus Line and National Transport both offer buses between Punta Gorda and Belize City on a regular basis. The ride can take anywhere from five and a half to seven hours and could cost $14 to $25(USD).
Buses leave irregularly between 4:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m, and unless you take an express bus, you'll likely have to change buses in Belmopan and Dangriga. This route is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays unless one of these days is a holiday.
Make sure you are aware that buses are often old, lacking in air conditioning, and crowded, so you'll have to determine if saving money is worth the chance of a rather uncomfortable ride.
|Route||Beginning||Stops Along the Route||End|
|Maya Villages Route to Baranco||Punta Gorda Bus Terminal||Santa Ana Bus Stop, Midway Bus Stop, San Felipe Bus Stop||Baranco Bus Stop|
|Maya Villages Route to Crique Sarco||Punta Gorda Bus Terminal||Santa Ana Bus Stop, San Felipe Bus Stop, Corazon Bus Stop||Crique Sarco Bus Stop|
|Maya Villages Route to Dolores||Punta Gorda Bus Terminal||Corazon Bus Stop, Mafredi Bus Stop, Blue Creek Bus Stop, Jordan Bus Stop, Santa Teresa Bus Stop, Mabil Ha Bus Stop, Otoxha Bus Stop||Dolores Bus Stop|
|Maya Villages Route to Indian Creek||Punta Gorda Bus Terminal||Dump Bus Stop, San Pedro de Columbia Bus Stop, San Miguel Bus Stop, Silver Creek Bus Stop||Indian Creek Bus Stop|
|Maya Villages Route to Jacalcte||Punta Gorda Bus Terminal||Dump Bus Stop, Mafredi Bus Stop, San Antonio Bus Stop, Santa Cruz Bus Stop, Santa Elena Bus Stop, Pueblo Viejo Bus Stop||Jacalcte Bus Stop|
|Maya Villages Route to San Pedro de Columbia||Punta Gorda Bus Terminal||Dump Bus Stop||San Pedro de Columbia Bus Stop|
Knowing what is in store for you when you ride a bus to get to and from Punta Gorda is helpful as you begin to make your travel arrangements. Buses may be a great way to save money and see the country side of Belize, however, if you are in a hurry or prefer comfort over a great deal, this option may not be for you.
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