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Transport in Ecuador

Transportation in Ecuador


National airlines


359 (2006 est.)

Airports - with paved runways

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

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


2 (2010)


total: 43,197 km
paved: 6,467 km
unpaved: 36,730 km (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


Ports and harbors

Pacific Ocean

Merchant marine

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 km


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