Transport in Costa Rica

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San Pedro roundabout in San José

There are many modes of transport in Costa Rica.


  • total: 278 km (173 mi)
  • narrow gauge: 278 km (173 mi) of 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge (260 km (162 mi) electrified)


  • total: 35,330 km (21,953 mi)
  • paved: 8,621 km (5,357 mi)
  • unpaved: 26,709 km (16,596 mi)

The road system in Costa Rica is not as developed as it might be expected for such a country. However, there are some two-lane autopistas with restricted access under development. Current ones are


730 km (454 mi), seasonally navigable by small craft


Ports and harbors[edit]

Cruise ships at Puntarenas.

Atlantic Ocean[edit]

Pacific Ocean[edit]

Merchant marine[edit]


157 see also List of airports in Costa Rica

Airports - with unpaved runways[edit]

  • total: 115
  • 914 to 1,523 m: 24
  • under 914 m: 101


 This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook website