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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Currently searching for how to get to Belize. Looks like we're flying to Cancún. Some websites I've found show near-hourly ADO buses from there to Chetumal, but the ADO website only ever wants to give me the night bus, so I'm afraid those websites are outdated. Problem is, we'd probably be arriving in Cancún late morning, and we have no desire to stay there (both time-wise, and even more so due to it looking very likely that it'd be spring break around our arrival time). Waiting over 13 hours before we can take a night bus does not sound like our idea of fun. I'm wondering if anyone has current information on this leg; are there more frequent buses? If not, how outrageous would it be to consider taking a taxi to the border (4.5 hours according to google maps)? Anyone know what we'd be looking at, cost-wise, for such, or would Mexican taxi-drivers just not consider this at all? Any other suggestions? (Plane connections which have existed in the past seem to have all disappeared...)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

One step further: On I see the near-hourly buses if I search for dates in February. If I search for dates in March, they all disappear. Does that mean they're just not bookable yet? Or is it more the case of high season / low season?

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 884 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi - we did Cancun, Valladolid, Tulum, Chetumal (and then to Caye Caulker) in stages in December, mainly using ADO coaches. They seemed to be pretty frequent in December - perhaps they are more likely to be posted on the timetables nearer the date of travel. For an idea about taxi fares, try the rome2rio website which suggests the 5 hour 45 minute journey might be about 2000 peso (if you can get someone to take you!).

Are you going into Belize overland or catching a water taxi from Chetumal to Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks! That rome2rio estimate is hopeful for this at least being a possible fallback scenario.
We'll head onward overland. We'll either be picked up at the border, or taking a bus to Belize City to be picked up there, probably mostly depending on time of day.

5. Posted by katzgar (Inactive 220 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

another option is to take the ferry from chet to the cayes

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Updating this now that I've done it, for any future travellers stumbling across it: The ticketbus website indeed only gets updated a couple of weeks in advance. There's frequent buses from Cancun to Chetumal (every two hours, roughly, though there's bigger gaps as well as peak times when there's a bus every hour), and you take a separate ADO bus from the airport to the Cancun bus station. (Was quite a trek around the terminal to the departure point for that bus, but at least we were able to buy a ticket for both buses while still inside.)
Once in Chetumal, buses into Belize leave from Nuevo Mercado (not the main bus station, but a short walk / taxi ride away) frequently (every 1-2 hours, depending on time of day, and if you want to go to Corozal/Orange Walk, or all the way to Belize City). You have to get out twice at the border, once to exit Mexico (hand in your card, pay departure fee), once (with all your luggage) to enter Belize (they ask about food, but at least for us did not bother checking the luggage); the conductor on the bus will point the way if you have any questions there. These buses are, like all Belizean buses, converted schoolbuses. Nonexistent leg space, very quiet until the border, but filling up rapidly beyond that, and air conditioning provided by the breeze through the open windows; but for all that (helped by the music) much more pleasant than ADO buses with their over-the-top air conditioning and horrible choice in movies.

The only direct bus from Cancun to Belize City is a night bus both ways. The alternative to get back during the daytime is also to get a bus from Belize to Chetumal (same frequency), ask to be dropped off opposite the main bus station (since that goes to Nuevo Mercado as well), and then an ADO bus onward. Could theoretically be done in one day for the entire distance, but I'd recommend not torturing yourself quite that much.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Apr-2015, at 11:43 by Sander ]