Transport in El Salvador

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The road to San Salvador, leaving from Apopa. Vertical road leads to Quezaltepeque. The volcano of San Salvador is seen in the distance. Rd to SS.jpg
The road to San Salvador, leaving from Apopa. Vertical road leads to Quezaltepeque. The volcano of San Salvador is seen in the distance.

El Salvador has transport links by road, rail, sea and air.


El Salvador has over 10,000 km of roads, and one passenger rail service. There are several seaports on the Pacific Ocean, and two international airports.


A weekday passenger service links San Salvador and Apopa, a journey of 40 minutes. [1] Of a total of 602 km narrow gauge (3 ft (914 mm)) rail, much is abandoned. In November 2013 the government rail agency FENADESAL announced plans for development of four electrified railways serving San Salvador, Sitio del Niño (La Libertad), El Salvador International Airport, La Unión, and the Honduran frontier. [2]


The bus running between Santa Ana and San Salvador. El-Salvador-Bus.jpg
The bus running between Santa Ana and San Salvador.

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 9.95 kilometres (6.18 mi) and is currently working as a traffic reliever in the metropolitan area. The RN-21 was named in honor of Monseñor Romero. The first phase of the highway was completed in 2009, and the second phase in November 2012.

Ports and harbors

Pacific Ocean

Merchant marine

none (1999 est.)


El Salvador International Airport. Comalapa airport.jpg
El Salvador International Airport.

75 (2006 est.)

Airports - with paved runways

Airports - with unpaved runways


1 (2006 est.)

Airports by name

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El Salvador International Airport airport in El Salvador

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RN-21 (Boulevard Diego Holguin) highway in El Salvador

The Santa Tecla FreewayRN-21 (East-West) is the very first freeway to be built in El Salvador. The freeway passes the northern area of the city of Santa Tecla, La Libertad. It has a small portion serving Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad, and merges with the RN-5 in San Salvador. The total span of the RN-21 is 9.35 kilometres (5.81 mi) and is currently working as a traffic reliever in the metropolitan area. Initially, the RN-21 was going to be named "Boulevard Diego de Holguín" in Honor of the first mayor of San Salvador, Diego de Holguín; but it was finally named "Bulevar Monseñor Romero;" though with much disagreement the name is still in dispute, due to its political motives by El Salvador's former president Mauricio Funes of the FMLN party who also changed the name of El Salvador's International Airport, historically known as Comalapa, to Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez for political purposes and gain votes for the fmln. The first phase of the highway was completed in 2009, and the second phase was completed on November 2012. The expressway also contains a bicycle lane.