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Transport in Costa Rica

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Transport in Costa Rica

San Pedro roundabout in San José

There are many modes of transport in Costa Rica.


  • Railways 1
  • Highways 2
  • Waterways 3
  • Pipelines 4
  • Ports and harbors 5
    • Atlantic Ocean 5.1
    • Pacific Ocean 5.2
  • Merchant marine 6
  • Airports 7
    • Airports - with unpaved runways 7.1
  • References 8


  • 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)


Tempisque River bridge.
  • 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 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

Cruise ships at Puntarenas.

Atlantic Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Merchant marine


157 see also List of airports in Costa Rica

Airports - with unpaved runways

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


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