Transport in Ecuador

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Transportation in Ecuador uses six transportation methods to transport passengers and freight (more specifically, oil). They are aviation, highways, pipelines, ports and harbors, railways, and waterways


National airlines[edit]


359 (2006 est.)

Airports - with paved runways[edit]

total: 98
over 3,047 m: 3
2,438 to 3,047 m: 4
1,524 to 2,437 m: 19
914 to 1,523 m: 29
under 914 m: 43

Airports – with unpaved runways[edit]

total: 261
914 to 1,523 m:33
under 914 m:228


2 (2010)


total: 43,197 kilometres (26,841 mi)
paved: 6,467 kilometres (4,018 mi)
unpaved: 36,730 kilometres (22,820 mi) (2004 est.)

The Sierra Region still plays an important role in transportation throughout the country. The Pan-American Highway crosses it from North to South. Ecuador has managed to update some roads into 4-lane freeways:

Bus transport[edit]


Ports and harbors[edit]

Pacific Ocean[edit]

Merchant marine[edit]

total: 31 ships (1,000 gross register tons (GRT) or over) totaling 184,819 GRT/300,339 tonnes deadweight (DWT)
ships by type: (2006 est.)

Foreign-owned: 2

  • Norway 1,
  • Paraguay 1

Registered in other countries 1

  • Georgia 1


Railways in Ecuador (interactive map)
━━━ Routes with passenger traffic
━━━ Routes in usable state
·········· Unusable or dismantled routes

total: 812 km (single track)
narrow gauge: 812 km 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge

There is a proposed rail connection with Colombia. On 5 July 2008 a meeting took place between Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador regarding a railway for freight and passengers to link the three countries, and linking the Pacific with the Atlantic also. There is no railway service to Peru.


1,500 kilometres (930 mi)


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