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Transport in Uruguay


Foreign relations


Transport in nation of Uruguay consists of 1,641 km of rail network, 7,743 km of roads, 1,600 km of navigable waterways, and 15 airports/landing fields serviced by the national airline PLUNA.


total: 2835.558 km
standard gauge: 2835.558 km 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (2005)
In service: 1507.832 km
Out of service: 1327.726 km

Passenger services

  • Regular passenger services are operated between Montevideo and 25 de Agosto (63 km) since August 26, 1993 (previously all regular passenger services were withdrawn on January 2, 1988). One daily train was extended to San José (96 km from Montevideo) on January 15, 2007, and other was extended from 25 de Agosto to Florida (109 km from Montevideo) on January 2, 2008. Another line, which operates between Montevideo and Ingeniero Victor Sudriers, was reopened on December 15, 2005 (44 km)

International links


The state railway administration AFE has announced that starting January, 2010, 419 km of track will be renewed on the Pintado-Rivera section of the central main line and part of the international branch from Rivera to Santana do Livramento, using north of Chamberlain Russian rail given in lieu of a debt. The programme will cost $30m.[1]


total: 77,732 km
paved: 7,743 km
unpaved: 69,989 km (2010)

National Roads


Uruguay has a rather small network of motorways, owing to the low demand due to sparse population outside the capital. The few highways with 4 lanes are:


1,600 km; used by coastal and shallow-draft river craft (2011)

Ports and harbors

Montevideo, Fray Bentos, Nueva Palmira, Paysandú, La Paloma, Juan Lacaze, Carmelo, Conchillas, Salto, Punta del Este, Colonia del Sacramento, Piriápolis, Mercedes.

Merchant marine

total: 16 ship (1,000 gross register tons (GRT) or over) totaling 1,807 GRT/2,405 tonnes deadweight (DWT)


94 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways:
total: 11
over 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 4
under 914 m: 2 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 83
1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
914 to 1,523 m: 27
under 914 m: 53 (2012)

National airline

  • None; PLUNA ceased operations on July 5, 2012.


As of 2010, Uruguay has 226 km of natural gas pipeline, and 155 km of oil line.

See also


  1. ^ "Pointers February 2009".  
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