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Belize City to Merida, MX by bus?

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Belize City to Merida, MX by bus?

Has anyone had experience traveling from Belize city to Merida MX by bus? Specifically a) any hassles crossing the border? b) approximately how many hours does it take and c) any company with online schedule/booking?

Much appreciate the help as always...

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1. Re: Belize City to Merida, MX by bus?

Check out ADO bus lines for the Mexican portion of the trip. Shouldn't be a hassle crossing the border. There are buses from the ADO bus terminal that go through Belize City on their way to Tikal.



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2. Re: Belize City to Merida, MX by bus?

I've done the BC to Playa del Carmen route.

The best bus from BC is the Premier Lines express bus -- departs BC bus terminal at 6:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Duration & cost to Chetumal: about 3 hours & BZ$16.00.

Crossing the border should be no problem -- the bus will stop at Belize Immigration where you pay your exit fee (if you're a visitor), then cotinue to Mexican immigration where you have to fill in an FMM tourist card and go through customs. Reboard the bus. If you stay in Mexico for 8 days or more, you have to pay the fee for the FMM at a bank before you depart Mexico. If you stay for 7 days or less AND return to Belize, you don't have to pay the fee. If you are transiting to another country, you have to pay the fee.

Those buses arrive at the ADO bus terminal in Chetumal, and that's where you transfer to a bus to Merida.

I use this site for schedules, fares and trip times of Mexican buses:


But this site also has information:


The Mexican ADO buses are excellent.

I don't know if the schedules will show all the buses that go direct to Merida because there might be a few different routes, for example, the schedules might show only buses to somewhere between Chetumal & Merida, then you have to look for buses from that place to Merida.

More information about the border crossing and the FMM fees are on my BelizeBus site:


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3. Re: Belize City to Merida, MX by bus?

Thanks guys for all the helpful suggestions. Much appreciate it.

Unfortunately thanks to scatterbrained decisions of the govt of Belize (charging Indian citizens $250 per person for single entry visas and presumably 2x for multiple entry), we have decided to not spend our tourism dollars there.

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4. Re: Belize City to Merida, MX by bus?

What a shame, this kind o thing makes us very mad. I can recommend Merida, it is lovely. Highly recomend El Luz en Yucatan hotel, I would LIVE there if I could!

5. Re: Belize City to Merida, MX by bus?

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