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Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

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Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

Does anyone have current info on options for ground travel between Belize City and Flores? Thanks!

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1. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

1. Linea Dorada, Fuente del Norte and San Juan Travel Services (Guatemalan companies) provide Express bus service between Flores and Belize City. In Belize City, buses arrive at and depart from the Marine Terminal on North Front Street near the Swing Bridge, and are not scheduled to stop anywhere else in Belize. Buses operate on Sundays and public holidays. Not all buses are air-conditioned. The agent in Belize City for these bus lines is Mundo Maya Travel located inside the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal. Phone: (501) 223 0457 / 223 1235. Email: mundomayatravels@yahoo.com

There is a website for Linea Dorada:

http://lineadorada.info/

Flores To Belize City (235 km / 146 miles / about 5 hours)

Fuente del Norte departs daily at 5:00 am: US$25.00

San Juan departs daily at 5:00 am: US$ 25.00

Linea Dorada departs daily at 7:00 am*: US$ 25.00

San Juan departs daily at 7:30 am: US$ 25.00

* Departure of the Linea Dorada bus is sometimes delayed because it waits for a connecting bus from Guatemala City.

Belize City To Flores (235 km / 146 miles / about 5 hours)

Fuente del Norte departs daily at 9:30 am: US$25.00

San Juan departs daily at 9:30 am: US$ 25.00

Linea Dorada departs daily at 1:00 pm: US$ 25.00

San Juan departs daily at 2:30 pm*: US$ 25.00

*Regarding the 2:30 pm departure, the agent has stated, “at this time not always”, so it seems the San Juan departure at 2:30 pm is not always reliable.

These schedules were last updated in July 2010, so try to confirm if you can. I am currently waiting for updates.

2. Regular Bus to Guatemala

Get a bus to Benque Viejo del Carmen, the last town before the border. Most of the westbound buses from the Belize City bus terminal will go to Belmopan, San Ignacio and terminate at Benque. You can board a Regular bus anywhere along the route; the final destination of BENQUE will be displayed in the front window of the bus.

The Regular buses don’t go all the way to the border, so it’s necessary to take a taxi (shouldn’t be more than BZ$10) or mini-bus/colectivo (shouldn’t be more than BZ$2) for the remaining 2 km.

Proceed through Belize Customs & Immigration. For visitors who have been in Belize for more than 24 hours, there is a fee of BZ$37.50 (US$18.75), payable in BZ$ or US$. Cross the border, proceed through Guatemala Customs & Immigration, and get a bus or taxi to your destination. Regarding an entry fee, I’ve heard various reports that there is a fee of 20 quetzals, 10 quetzals, and no fee.

The return trip is similar, and there is no exit fee for Guatemala and no entry fee for Belize. After Customs & Immigration, get to Benque where you can get a bus to San Ignacio, Belmopan or Belize City.

3. Rental Car

I have no personal experience with this, but some car rental companies allow vehicles into Guatemala. Try Crystal Rentals or Thrifty.

This information is from my BelizeBus site:

http://belizebus.wordpress.com/

Edited: 30 January 2011, 16:40
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2. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

Those buses mentioned in 1 above are fast, reliable, and nice buses. They are also quite reasonable in price. Enjoy the ride!

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3. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

How long did the trip Belize City to Flores take?

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4. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

If you are crossing from Cayo rather than travelling all the way from Belize City the advice at the moment from freinds living up in Cayo is to take one of the local buses rather than a tourist bus. Better to blend in with the locals right now.

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5. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

Bc to Flores is ~5 hours by car, I think similar with an express bus.

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6. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

If you don't get the express bus, plan on 2 more hours for stops and bus changes.

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7. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

here's the deal...I am wanting the shortest, safest, and budget route from Belize City to Lake Atitlan...I would like to hire an escort/transportation...it so far is easy to arrange this from Belize City to Flores, Flores to Lake Atitlan....wanting to keep myself and 2 younger daughters safe and our luggage, I have tried in vain to set up escort/transportation from Belize City direct to Rio Dulce. I have a driver covered from Rio Dulce to Lake Atitlan.

I hear totally conflicting reports on the safety of Flores/Tikal. US State Dept says nothing for warnings. One expat says no problem One expat says stay away go different route...which is it? And does anybody who I can email to set up escort/transportation from Belize City to Rio Dulce?

For the record I have tried a ton of places, only one fellow offered to the toon of big bucks. I would use public transportation but would like an escort with the public transportation.

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8. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

You can either fly from Belize City to Punta Gorda or take the James express bus from BC to PG. Either way is completely safe, no need for an escort. From PG to Rio Dulce you can take one of the water taxis from Punta Gorda. I believe they leave 2 days a week.

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9. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

here's an updated scoop as I know it to have been for me... I found a driver who is a Captain on Caye Caulker to take us from Belize City to Punta Gorda. I recommend him for Caye Caulker fishing, snorkeling, as a guide there and on the route we took. He is private has his own boat and outfits, and charged either the same as tour group operators or in some cases less. We saw and did things we would have never experienced had we only did the tourist outfitters. I rented the truck, he drove and we took what should have been less than 5 hours and turned it into 3 days. I wanted it to be this way and words can not express what we did and saw and ate...lol

Punta Gorda to Livingston direct on a boat. Word of warning, if lugging extra luggage you will be charged more. a great deal more.

Livingston was quick and easy as I met Eddie who again was hired to translate, guide and accompany us to Rio Dulce. Do make it clear you do not want the sightseeing trip...cost more, disappointing, unreliable, nasty if raining.

If it is raining the boat from Livingston to Rio Dulce will get you soaked and your gear. Dry bag and do it twice.

Arrived from Punta Gorda to Rio Dulce in the same day. Left Punta Gorda at 1 in the afternoon.

Spent night on the river at the bridge in Rio Dulce, next morning left with new driver from out of Pana to go to Lake Atitlan. Long, Long trip, excellant way to see and feel the country of Guatemala and its varied temps and regions. If I could do this leg again and most likely will. I will turn this 8 to 9 hour drive into 3 days...my driver spoke no English and I was on a deadline to reach the lake.

I am now at our home on Lake Atitlan and will be here for the next year.

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10. Re: Belize City - Flores: Ground Transportation

On the reason for not going to Flores and crossing over. traveling alone with 2 young children and tons of luggage. I hear it has calmed down and the incident well over a month old now was no where near the places I would have traveled on route to Lake Atitlan from Belize City. Found most locals from Belize have a one sided view of Guatemala and its people... not exactly reliable place to get info from Belize locals concerning anything Guatemala. The experiences of Belize locals will be different from the tourist or out of country visitor. Better to talk and get info direct from the area you are concerned or interested in...none of the tours to Tikal were affected and continued without incident or interruption during the past month... again only my take on my experience. I did not have current info or info from Flores when I made my decision to travel the long way in...I played it safe, and was going to do the route any way at some point...just did it sooner than planned. I wish I could have spent a day or 2 in Livingston. and will when i go back. Rio Dulce I did not feel the need to visit...maybe a day of exploring the town...definitely not more...take rain gear...and a fleece if it is raining and you are on a boat...LOL