Getting to San Ignacio Town From Belize City or Belize International AirportAs far as Belize is concerned, all roads lead to the capital city. If you’re visiting this tropical paradise, it’s a near certainty that you’ll be arriving via Belize City International Airport or the city’s port. But any traveler to Belize owes it to themselves to visiting the thriving and diverse town of San Ignacio during their visit. There are a number of effective ways to make the trip from Belize City to San Ignacio, but you can always count on Untame Belize to help you identify the best option for your specific needs. 

Travel by Public Bus to San Ignacio

Known with affection by the locals as “chicken buses”, there’s no better way to soak up the local color than hopping on the public buses. They’re also far and away the cheapest option if you want to make the journey from Belize City to San Ignacio. The chicken buses are so named because they’re widely used by the locals, many of whom carry their livestock with them to journey back and forth between rural areas and the city. Just keep in mind that the typical inconveniences of public transit are present here: crowded seating generally ill-suited for travelers with heavy luggage and multiple stops. Ten bucks can get you easily from Belize City to San Ignacio, but you can expect to take multiple transfers to reach your destination. 

Travel by Car to San Ignacio

Taxis generally don’t run their meters and instead negotiate prices based off the destination. Your negotiation skills will get you far, but you can still generally expect to pay a pretty hefty price for the degree of privacy a taxi provides. Look for green numbers or license plates to ensure that any taxi cab you use is officially licensed. 

Travel by Plane to San Ignacio

The most convenient option is also the most expensive. Daily flights directly from Belize City International Airport to San Ignacio’s Maya Flights air strip will get you to your destination in roughly a half hour, but these “puddle jumpers” can’t hold more than about a dozen passengers. If you want to book a flight, Tropic Air is your only option.

Travel by Shuttle to San Ignacio

Untame Belize provides comfortable and amenity rich shuttles from Belize City to San Ignacio. We allow you to take in the scenery of inland Belize with plenty of leg room and space for your luggage, and we split the difference between public transit and more expensive options in terms of pricing. You can expect to find Wi-Fi and air conditioning on all of Untame Belize’s buses, and we can even deliver you directly to the door of your hotel or resort.


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