Transport in El Salvador

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  • total: 602 km (single track; all traffic suspended; note - some sections abandoned, unusable). Rehabilitation in progress[1]
  • narrow gauge: 602 km 3 ft (914 mm) gauge

Railway links with adjacent countries[edit]


Road to San Salvador, Leaving from Apopa. Vertical road leads to Quezaltepeque. Volcano of San Salvador is seen in the distance.
Bus running between Santa Ana and San Salvador
  • total: 10,029 km
  • paved: 1,986 km (including 327 km of Highways)
  • unpaved: 8,043 km (1999 est.)

The RN-21 (Bulevar Monseñor Romero) (East–West) is the very first freeway to be built in El Salvador and in Central America. The freeway passes the northern area of the city of Santa Tecla, La Libertad. It has a small portion serving Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad, and merges with the RN-5 (Autopista Comalapa) (East–West, Boulevard de Los Proceres/Autopista del Aeropuerto) in San Salvador. The total length of the RN-21 is 9.35 kilometres (5.81 mi) and is currently working as a traffic reliever in the metropolitan area. The RN-21 was named in honor to Monseñor Romero. The first phase of the highway was completed in 2009, and the second phase in November 2012.

Ports and harbors[edit]

Pacific Ocean[edit]

Merchant marine[edit]

none (1999 est.)


75 (2006 est.)

Airports - with paved runways[edit]

  • total: 4
  • over 3,047 m: 1
  • 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
  • 914 to 1,523 m: 2 (2006 est.)

Airports - with unpaved runways[edit]

  • total: 71
  • 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
  • 914 to 1,523 m: 14
  • under 914 m: 56 (2006 est.)


1 (2006 est.)

Airports by name[edit]