Mexico’s ADO bus service (www.ado.com.mx) runs from Cancun to Belize City every day, making stops in Playa del Carmen and Tulum. We boarded in Tulum (MXN 468 per person) at 12:45am and headed for the border, 30km south of Chetumal.
At the border, you will be expected to pay an exit fee of MXN 316 or show evidence the fee was paid in an incoming airline booking. As we had neither the cash or a copy of our ticket from Cuba to Mexico, immigration took a copy of our passport and had us sign a declaration that we were travelling with insufficient funds to pay the exit fee.
Then it was back on the bus and over to the Belize border. This time you will be required to remove your luggage from the bus to carry through customs. Porters are available for a fee, but we carried our own. Once formalities have been cleared, you will board the same bus as before and continue towards Belize City.
For us, there was no entry fee into Belize. Tourist cards are valid for a maximum 30 days from first point of entry, however this is up to the immigration official you get. We were granted 25 days and some others on our bus were only granted a week.
We also had the pleasure of meeting another Aussie couple in Tulum who crossed the border from Chetumal by ferry direct to Caye Caulker. They were charged an entry fee of BZD $2.50 per person at that particular crossing, which is something to keep in mind, depending on your route.
What do we recommend when visiting Belize? Check out our blog post; http://www.globalrunaways.com/runaway-to/the-cave-of-the-crystal-maiden
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.