Mexico is a country rich in culture, history, and Spanish heritage; and it is home to hundreds of ancient ruins, colonial cities, and nature reserves – with many of these attractions even considered as World Heritage sites.

Its neighboring country on the south, Belize, also offers an equally interesting blend of culture and history, but with British heritage.

Still, Belize has so much in terms of Mayan history and Afro-Caribbean heritage that in my opinion, it is one of the most culturally diverse countries in Central America.

If you’re traveling to the beautiful Cancun soon and wish to make a road trip down to Belize, here’s all the information you need to get to Belize by bus.

The ADO bus from Cancun to Belize is a stunning trip that serves coastal views and dense tropical forest moments as it crosses several regions in both countries. Definitely, a trip to include in your travel plans, especially if you’re considering stopping in a few of the cities along the way. 

Cancun Aerial Shot

Travel from Cancun to Belize City by Bus

Traveling from Cancun to Belize City is a fairly lengthy but beautiful trip along the southeast coast of North America. You can choose between an overnight commute and catch up on some sleep, or you can take in the gorgeous seaside scenery on a day trip. 

The most common bus company to use for this trip is Autobuses de Oriente (ADO). Known for its luxurious first-class and executive-class buses, it is no wonder ADO is one of Mexico’s largest and most popular bus companies. 

The buses used by ADO for this service are large and modern, with air conditioning, comfortable seats, an onboard restroom, and tv screens.

From experience, I recommend wearing (or having accessible) warm clothes or a jacket no matter at which time of the year you’re traveling. The bus’s air conditioning is usually quite cold – especially at night.

Purchasing your Bus Ticket from Cancun to Belize City

If you are wondering how far Belize is from Cancun, it is approximately an eight-hour transit with seven stops which you can hop off at. One of those stops is a border crossing, so be sure to have your passport on hand before boarding the bus. 

The bus schedule from Cancun to Belize lists two different options. If you just want to get to your destination, you can choose the overnight bus, which leaves Cancun around 10:15 pm and arrives in Belize around 6:30 the next morning. 

If you would love to sight-see on the go, there is a day trip option. The bus leaves the terminal around 7:30 am and arrives at the Belize bus station around 3:30 pm. 

Bus trip from Cancun to Belize City

While ADO lists all of their bus routes for purchase on their website, unfortunately, this one route cannot be purchased online at the moment (mostly due to Covid-19 restrictions).

Should the ADO bus not be available for purchase online, you can buy a ticket or check the departing status by calling 52 (983) 832-9877. Or, you could purchase the ticket in person at the bus station in Cancun.

While prices fluctuate, the average fare is roughly MX$870 or $43.

The Journey from Cancun to Belize City

In short, the bus route makes seven stops before reaching its final destination. These are:

  • Cancun City Center, Mexico (Start)
  • Cancun International Airport, Mexico
  • Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Tulum, Mexico
  • Bacalar, Mexico
  • Chetumal, Mexico (Border Crossing)
  • Corozal, Belize
  • Orange Walk, Belize
  • Belize City, Belize (End)

Your journey begins in Cancun at the ADO bus terminal. There are many different and exciting activities to do when here, including snorkeling, kayaking, bungee-jumping, and so much more. After you have explored all day, you can party all night. The Cancun nightlife oozes vibrance and culture. 

The first stop on your trip is Playa del Carmen, a beautiful resort town located on the Caribbean coast. It is known for its stunning beaches lined with palm trees and its colorful coral reefs.

With golf courses, Mayan ruins, and dance clubs, you are guaranteed to never get bored if you hop off at Playa del Carmen. 

Next, the bus stops in Tulum, a city famous for its well-preserved ancient Quintana Roo ruins of the Mayan port city.

Tulum offers a jungle paradise with white-sand beaches and is also home to the world’s largest natural aquarium. On top of this, you can also explore the cenote caves, visit the Biosphere Preserve, and so much more.

The Border Crossing Between Mexico and Belize

This border crossing is pretty smooth and easy going. Once you get to the border, you will be asked to get off the bus to go through immigration for both exiting Mexico and entering Belize.

While this takes some time, it is a very smooth process and in less and an hour (or even faster if there’s not a long queue), you’ll be back on the same bus.

Shortly after crossing the border over into Belize, your third stop is Corozal – yet another town full of heritage with so much beauty to offer.

Although there is not much to see or do here, Corozal is well-liked for its calm atmosphere and sleepy seaside scene. If you are not yet tired of exploring the Mayan ruins, you can also find the remains of Cerro Maya here.

Next, the bus stops in Orange Walk Town, located along the New River. Although the town’s citrus farming is a vital part of its growing agricultural economy, Orange Walk is locally referred to as “Sugah City.”

Belize to Cancun bus stop

It is known for its sugarcane farming and the sweet smell that fills the air. With even more Mayan ruins, a lagoon, some bird-watching areas, and a distillery, this is a great spot to hop off at and explore.

Finally, you will arrive at the heart of Belize, at the Belize City bus terminal. After just a short eight hours, it’s finally time to hop off and start adventuring. The city is centered between the Belize Barrier Reef and dense rainforests. 

El Castillo at Xunantunich, Cayo, Belize

Once you are in Belize, be sure to explore the mystery of the Crystal Skull at the Lubaantun ruins, roam around the stunning Xunantunich Mayan ruins, and see the crystal maiden skeleton at the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves.

Other activities include the Belize Zoo, the museum, St. John’s Cathedral, a wildlife sanctuary, and just indulging in the Caribbean culture. 

And of course, don’t miss going to the stunning islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye – especially if you like diving. Two of my favorite spots in Belize. No place compares to the chill atmosphere of Caye Caulker.

And when you are ready to leave, you can hop on a return bus from Belize City to Cancun, or simply continue your adventure down the coast towards the gorgeous country of Guatemala. 

Take a Trip from Cancun to Belize

bus stop terminal Cancun to Belize travel

Quick, convenient, and coastal – the Cancun-Belize bus trip is a must when visiting the southern region of North America. Whether you prefer the overnight or daytime bus option, it is the perfect activity to include in your Mexico itinerary. 

Lastly, Can You Do The Same Trip From Belize City To Cancun?

Sure thing! From Belize City, the bus leaves at 11:00 am and 7:30 pm. It makes all the same stops in reverse, with its final destination being the main terminal in Cancún.

To purchase your ticket to travel from Belize City, you must buy it from one of the following vendors. If you’re calling from outside of Belize, add a 501 area code to the numbers below.

  • Belize City: Gilberto Carlos Pérez, cell 600-8100.
  • Orange Walk: San Francisco Restaurant, 302-2240 or cell 624-8200.
  • Corozal: Cruzob Travel, cell 607-7930.

The ADO bus terminal is located on West Collet Canal in Belize City, commonly known as “Novelo’s.”

To board the bus in Belize City, you need to pay part of the fare in Belizean Dollars (around BZ$19 or $9), and the rest of the fare is paid in Mexican Dollars (roughly MX$700 or $35) upon arrival in Cancun or at the border.

Are you ready for an adventurous round trip between Cancun and Belize City?

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2 Comments

  1. Great article. Thank you. Question? If I get off in say, tulum and spend the night can I continue on to Belize city the next day. On the next bus? Or does travel have to be in one day? Should I just buy separate tickets along the way instead ? Robin

    1. Thanks, Robin, and sorry for the late reply. You will have to buy two tickets. One from Cancun to Tulum, and then one from Tulum (the next day) to Belize City. I’ve actually done this (in the opposite direction). You can buy both tickets at once in Cancun or you can buy them separately (like, buying the Tulum to Belize once in Tulum).

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