crossing bridge on Hummingbird Highway
from being the most inexpensive way to travel around Belize,
the colorful collage of faces and characters you will encounter
on your bus ride provides a cultural immersion never to
be forgotten. Especially common in the Regular and Express
runs are the animated conversations, loud reggae and ‘punta'
music crackling through the radio, discarded peanut shells
swirling through the bus's windy interior, adorable wide-eyed
stares of tiny children and curious luggage items ranging
from bails of toilet paper to live chickens standing in
open plastic bags, croaking at their owner's feet.
Novelos Bus Service is the largest and most widely used
bus company in the country, providing regular runs on the
four major highways. The company offers three travel options
that include the Regular, Express and Executive Class. The
Regular runs have the cheapest rates because they take the
longest to reach their intended destination. This
is simply because they are required to pick up hitchhikers
along the route. The Express runs cost a bit more and do
not stop for hitchhikers. The Executive runs are
the most expensive because they boast a newer and more comfortable
fleet of buses. Passengers enjoy a cool, air-conditioned
interior with nicely padded, reclining seats. These buses
usually travel express to their destinations.
company has three branches spread across the country. Northern
Transport Limited serves the districts of Corozal, Orange
Walk and Belize City. Western Transport Limited serves
the towns and villages of the Cayo District, including the
capital city of Belmopan. Southern Transport Limited
serves the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. There
is a terminal in every major town with the two largest being
in Belize City and Belmopan.