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Belize has a safe and reliable bus network that runs country wide 7 days a week from sunrise until 9 pm or so. There are around 15 main bus companies with their respective names, logos and colors and you can travel the whole length of the country for about US$20.00.
Getting here from Philip Goldson international airport:
There is no bus service from the airport to Belize city which is a 30 min drive. A taxi will charge in the region of BZ$40.00 to take you in to Belize city Bus terminal. The local taxi fare within Belize city is only BZ$5.00 to BZ$10 for 1 – 4 people depending on where in town you go.
Getting to the Funky Dodo from BZ International airport– there are multiple ways to accomplish this:
- public transit: Take a cab from the airport to the bus terminal. Take a southbound bus (Placencia, Punta Gorda) to Dangriga. Buses that leave Dangriga that come into Hopkins village: 5.30am, 10.30am, 2.30pm and 5.15pm. If you miss those, stay/take the southbound bus, tell the driver to let you off at the Hopkins junction. From there it is easy (and safe) to hitchhike the 5 miles to the village. We are just steps from the main intersection in Hopkins. Pro: inexpensive. Con: hot, crowded, 3-4 hour ride in old american school bus.
- Shuttle: you can make arrangements to have a shuttle pick you up from the airport and drop you at the Dodo. Pro: air conditioned, safe driver, beautiful highway. Con: 2.5 hour drive, generally need four people for them to come out, can be expensive. There are many shuttle companies, a quick search will give you a large selection.
- Fly: From BZ Int’l, there are hourly flights to Dangriga. From the Dangriga airstrip, take a taxi to the Dangriga bus terminal (see #1) or all the way to the Dodo. Pro: low hassle, 15 minute flight, gets you directly where you need to be without the worry of cars breaking down, accidents, traffic jams. Con: can be expensive, luggage limited. Both Maya Island Air and TropicAir have very good on time and safety records.
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From Belize city/Belmopan/St Ignacio/Dangriga:
From Belize city Bus terminal the total journey time to Dangriga is approximately 3 hours. At the Belize city bus terminal ask for a bus going to Dangriga. There are many buses going to Dangriga and they leave roughly every half hour all day long. Starting from from 5 am until 7 pm and there is an express bus at around 2 pm.
The bus route will go via Belmopan bus terminal where buses from San Ignacio / Guatemalan Border will also stop. Once you leave the Belmopan Bus Terminal the journey to Dangriga takes about 1.5 hours to reach Dangriga bus terminal. From Dangriga bus terminal you will need to catch the Hopkins bus that leaves at 5.30am, 8.30am, 10.30am, 2.30pm or 5.15pm from the bus terminal. If you miss the Hopkins bus the other option is to take any bus heading south and ask to be dropped off at the Hopkins Junction 25 minutes down the road. At the Hopkins junction you can easily catch a ride in a passing vehicle for the last 4 miles in to the village. A taxi from Dangriga to Hopkins village will cost around 40 – 50 USD for up to 4 people.
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From Punta Gorda, Independance, Placencia:
All the buses that travel up the southern highway coming from the South of the country (including Punta Gorda, Independence, Placencia etc.) will pass the Hopkins Junction and you can ask to be dropped off at the Hopkins junction bus Stop at the end of the Hopkins road. Just tell your friendly bus conductor that you are going to Hopkins Junction. From there it is 4 miles to the village. It is easy to hitch a ride in a passing vehicle or wait at the junction for the bus from Dangriga to Hopkins that will collect you. Buses leave Dangriga at 5.30am, 8.30am, 10.30am, 2.30pm and 5.15pm and will take roughly 25 mins to reach the Junction.
Getting here overland using National and international public transport
NOTE: land borders open from 6am to 10pm. THERE IS NO INFO AT THIS TIME (writing this 22 April 2022) ON ADO BUS SCHEDULES. WILL UPDATE WHEN INFO IS AVAILABLE.
Getting here from Mexico to Belize:
You can get a direct bus to Belize city from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Chetumal with ADO bus lines. and from there a local bus to Dangriga which run throughout the day from 5 am till 9 pm. To get from Dangriga to Hopkins there is a bus that leaves at 5.30am, 8.30am, 10.30am, 2.30pm and 5.15pm from the bus terminal on the south side of town.
Coming to Belize from Guatemala:
by land you will come to Flores and cross the border at Benque Viejo where there will be buses or taxis that will take you to the Benque Viejo bus terminal and from there the route is to St Ignacio, then Belmopan, Dangriga and then Hopkins Village. Buses run all day and it takes about 3 hours to reach Dangriga.
Getting here from Guatemala to Belize by boat:
NOTE: SEA BORDERS OPEN FROM 6AM TO 4PM. THERE IS NO FIRM INFORMATION YET (writing this on 22 April) ON FERRY SCHEDULES. WILL UPDATE WHEN INFO IS AVAILABLE.
There are boats every day except Sundays from Livingstone and Puerto Barrios to Punta Gorda From Punta Gorda it is a 3 hour bus ride to The Hopkins junction. There are also Boats from Puerto Cortez in Honduras once a week on a Monday morning.
One can also fly with a local airline to Dangriga from either Belize city, Orange walk, St Ignacio, Punta Gorda, Belmopan, Corozal, St Pedro and Key Caulker.
Getting here Driving
When coming from Punta Gorda, Independence or Placencia The turning for Hopkins will be on your right about 3 miles after the Sittee River turn off.
Once you are on the Hopkins road it is roughly 4 miles to the village. Upon reaching the center of the village, turn right and The Funky Dodo is Immediately on the left.
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