How to get from Belize City airport to San Ignacio

Welcome to Belize!

So you’ve you landed in Belize City airport, NOW WHAT?!?!  Well, that’s what we’ve asked ourselves in the past.  You don’t really have many options getting out of BZE International airport.  Your either going to be picked up by a pre-arranged drive/hotel company or you’re going to have to take a taxi.  Neither option is going to be cheap either, so come prepared with cash.

Step 1: Taxi

Once you have your luggage and cleared customs & immigration head towards the exit.  There will be taxi drivers approaching you offering to take you.  You really have NO negotiation they have this system on lock-down. We heard another couple going to the bus station and asked if they wanted to split a cab, assuming the price would be the same…NOPE they wanted $50 for all 4 of us.

They informed us we don’t know each other and are not friend’s, therefore we could not split a cab.  Well, that failed…. So no matter if you are going to the bus terminal in Belize City or if your headed to the water taxi ferry and headed to Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye you are going to have to fork over $25.


Time: About 15 minutes, Price: $25 USD

Step 2: Chicken Bus

Once at the bus terminal get on a bus heading to Benque. The bus terminal was quite easy to navigate, we hopped on the right bus within minutes after arriving.  The bus should cost $8BZE or $4USD it is best to have exact or close to exact, breaking bills and making change is always a task.  The bus will stop in Belmopan, you may or may not have to switch buses.  Oh and watch out for chickens on the bus, we had a fatal accident

chicken bus belize

Private shuttles from the airport to San Ignacio can be booked for around $70-120 USD.


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18 thoughts on “How to get from Belize City airport to San Ignacio”

  1. Hi Hannah & Adam.
    My husband and I are traveling to Belize at the end of January for one week. After reading your blog I understand the taxi situation about getting from and to the airport. What about renting a car? I have checked on rentals and they seem pricey but using taxis for sightseeing adds up as well. Is it safe, is it worth it?? Our destination will be San Ignacio to see as many ruins as possible and anything else that might be there. If you get a chance send me some info. Thank you Taza

    • We have rented a car in Belize for day trips before and found it easy to drive. I wouldn’t have any major safety concerns, however, I wouldn’t spend a lot of time driving around inside Belize City, but from the airport and to explore the country I think it should be fine and a fun way to do it. Have a great trip!

  2. Hello,

    I am going to Belize and I am trying to find the cheapest route to travel from the Belize airport to the San Ignacio.


    • The cheapest way would be by bus but you’ll have to make your way to the bus station from Belize City airport. We took a taxi from the airport (not cheap). Consider walking outside of the airport grounds and you might be able to get a cheaper taxi then. They have prices fixed at the airport.

    • You should be able to find someone to take you, however, it would be easier from the coast if you have anytime there. I would check with the hotel you are staying with if they offer a trip to shark ray alley, it is a very popular tour in the country.

  3. Hello!! My friend and I are traveling to Belize in the fall….just looking at transportation options. We are looking for the cheapest route….How much is a bus from (airport/Belize city) to San Ignacio? If our flight gets in around 430pm, will that be safe for two females? Any other information or tips would be greatly appreciated!

    • You’ll have to take a taxi from the Belize City Airport to the bus station and the rate is fixed, it used to be $25 USD but it has possibly gone up. Belize City isn’t the safest place so we don’t suggest leaving the airport to find cheaper options. From there you can catch the bus, we felt safe yes but we never took the bus at night. Make sure to bring small bills so you don’t get asked for a higher fare because you are a tourist.

  4. Thanks for the info above! I just returned from Belize on May 9 and am planning my next trip already. I spent 8 days on Ambergris Caye in an Air BnB and, as a semi-handicapped 58 year old woman traveling solo – I never felt unsafe or nervous. This was a “test” trip – and I will be returning next spring with my 13 year old grandson and looking to do more than I did this trip (for some reason – 13 year old boys don’t want to sit on the beach and drink margaritas all afternoon, I think. 🙂
    I am considering basing us out of San Ignacio for 4 or 5 days – and seeing the ruins, cave tubing, and such – then I WILL take him over to San Pedro for 2 or 3 days, because he must snorkel Shark Ray Alley and a couple other things I did that are not to be missed…
    Is this a workable plan?
    If you were not to base in San Ignacio, where would you base?
    Is there any airbnb type place or inexpensive hotel that is affordable with swimming that you might recommend? Or is there a place to swim safely in or near San ignacio? (the grandson is a fish, and I may not swim well – but I can float with a 50 lb kid sitting on my stomach in fresh water – so I’m mostly drownproof – and we both love the water!)

    Thanks in advance for any guidance you may provide….
    Jeanne in Toledo (Ohio not Belize)

    • Glad to hear you had an amazing trip to Belize as a solo female traveler. Your grandson is going to love Belize! San Ignacio would be a good place to base yourself for a few nights. We spent 4 nights there ourselves we stayed at Chaa Creek and Ka’ana they are a little pricey so unsure if they are within your budget. I think Chaa Creek would be great for your grandson, they are a unique property with a pool for him too.

      Safe travels!

  5. Hi, after reading your blog about “ how to get from Belize city airport to San Ignacio” I must say, i had a good laugh about splitting the cab & the chicken bus. bwaahhaaa. Just funny! being a Belizean Ahem lol what you describe is TRUE when i travel back home from U.S.A. i get the tourist treatment lol (paying more) yes, it’s best to not stay in the city if u don’t have to. if u do just be aware of your surroundings at all times. HAVE FUN IN BELIZE ALL!! know that the “CHICKEN BUS” ride will not be bad after all, when u see all the fun u will have. Hahahaha good one Adam!

  6. Hi there,
    I’m going with my partner next April to Belize for 6 nights, what do you recommend, mainly want to do the beach/snorkelling stuff but also see some Mayan Ruins? I was looking at going to San Ignacio but don’t know if it’s worth it – I was thinking along the lines of Cay Caulker 3 nights and Ambergis Cay/San Pedro 3 nights?

  7. Hi there! I am going to Belize solo come June 7-12. I unfortunately couldnt take more time off work so that is all I have but I too am a solo female. I will be flying in at 230pm on June 7 and Departing at 11am on the 12th. That means i have 4 full days and two travel days. My plan is to fly into Belize on day 1, transfer to the bus station and go to San Ignacio, then leave early in the am on day 4 and go to Caye Caulker throughout day 5. Then on day 6 day take an early boat or just fork over the cash and pay for a flight to the airport for my 11am flight back to the states.

    Any thoughts on this? I am worried getting to the bus as a lone female may be sketchy and i should just go to Caye Caulker and spend my time on the islands and do day tours from there. I really want to do the ATM caves and see some Mayan ruins. I am also trying to figure out if staying in San Ignacio for 2 days is worth it or if i should just do one day and then head to Caye Caulker because everyone says i need to spend alot of time there. The only thing i know I want to do on Caye Caulker is obviously sun bathe, snorkel and hit the split. I am not sure if there are other things I should know about. Also for San Ignacio, I just have the ATM caves in mind with the ruins so if there is anything else worth doing there more so than Caye Caulker, let me know!

    Sorry, alot of typing but any thoughts on this!?

    • Hi Blaire, sorry for the delay in response but May has been insane around here. It sounds like you are just about to take off on your trip, but I wanted to at least get back to you although it’s probably too late to change things around. If you are worried about making the trip and not sure if it’s worth making the trip out to San Ignacio you should be able to do a day trip from Caye Caulker to Mayan Ruins, the ATM caves probably not, but it would save you the time getting out there just to stay for a night or two. San Ignacio is alright but besides the big attractions wasn’t super impressive. On our last visit to Caye caulker we took a day trip to one Mayan site and did cave tubing all from the island. I don’t think 6 days is too long on Caye Caulker, but I guess it depends on your travel style. Another city we loved was Placencia which is a few hours south another beach town and easy access to beautiful Cayes like Silk Cayes. Hope you have a great trip! Safe Travels!

    • Blaire, if you want specifics on women travelling alone in/near san pedro or ambergris caye – please contact me. I would be happy to tell you where I went/stayed/ate and what I did as a solo female traveler – I just got back may 9 and spent 8 days.
      Jeanne in Toledo (0hio not Belize)
      jburton1114 at gmail is my email

  8. Hi Hannah & Adam,

    I got your blog after searching how to get to San Ignacio on the cheap 😉 loving ur blog.

    I’ll be going to Belize solo so just wondering if you guys think it would be safe enough for a girl to make the trip on her own.


    • Great to hear you found us. We love Belize but like anywhere else in the world you have to be smart and aware of your surroundings. Where do you all plan on going? Do you plan on taking chicken buses (that’s all we took for transport). Do not spend any time in Belize City there isn’t any reason to and that isn’t the safest.


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