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Belize City Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Belize City Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

“When you land, you are greeted by one of any number of angry Belizeans in a uniform, (the uniform makes them better than you, remember that). – a traveller

BZE Airport Overview

belize airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Belize City’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport.

What to Expect

Belize City Airport (code: BZE) has a single small terminal. Facilities are limited to a few cafes and bars, a range of shops, and free WiFi. There are no pay-to-use lounges.

Where to Sleep

The airport closes nightly, generally from 6:00PM until 6:00AM, so staying here overnight is not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Belize Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Belize Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Global Village Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available.. » Check Rates
  • Bamboleo Inn – (10 minutes from the airport) Owners will arrange taxi pick-up which includes the driver waiting at the airport with a sign for you, $10.00 USD each way. » Check Rates
  • Red Hut Inn & Car Rental – (20 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for $20 USD. Airport transfers also available to Belize City Municipal Airport. » Check Rates
  • Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel– (15 minutes) An airport shuttle is available for a fee (approx. $25 for two ppl). » Check Rates
  • Black Orchid Resort – (20 minutes) A free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Belize City Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Belize Airport. Connect to the “PGIA Courtesy WiFi” or “FreeBTLHOTSPOT” networks. Internet kiosks are also available throughout the airport. Most of the kiosks accept credit card or internet e-card only, but two of the kiosks do accept cash. Rates are posted at each kiosk.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: throughout both terminals.

Banking Services – Atlantic Bank Ltd. offers full-service banking in the airport.

Currency Exchange – Atlantic Bank Limited offers foreign currency exchange and other banking services in Terminal 2.

Duty Free & Shopping – A small variety of duty-free shops are available in the Departures lounge and Arrivals Hall. In addition, there are approximately 15 shops available both Landside and Airside.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Some of the dining options include: Bistro to Go (Departure Lounge) ▪ Cafe Belize (Departure Lounge) ▪ Global Spice (T1, upstairs) ▪ Jets Bar (Departures lounge) ▪ S & D Snacks (Terminal 1) ▪ Sun Garden (T2, upstairs).

Information Desk – Location: Arrivals Hall – Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Charging stations are available Airside. We are not aware of any Landside locations, if you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the airport.

Airport Hours

According to the airport’s website, “Normal operating hours are from 6:00AM to 6:00PM, however flights can be accommodated outside of these hours.”


Belize City airport is served by the following airlines:  Air CanadaAmerican AirlinesAviancaCopa AirlinesDelta Air Lines • Maya Island Air • Southwest Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • Tropic Air • United Airlines • WestJet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: A Class Auto Rental • All in One • AQ Auto • Avis • Crystal Auto Rental • Discount Auto Rental • Discovery Belize Expedition • Explore Belize Auto Rental • Hertz • Jabiru Auto Rental • JMA Budget Rentals • National • Pancho’s Auto Rental • Thrifty • Tour Auto Belize • Vista Auto Rental.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.