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Costa Rica Transportations

San José is linked to both coasts by railroad and by highway. The Inter-American Highway, 687 km long, connects Costa Rica with Nicaragua and Panama. Another major highway runs from San José to the Caribbean coast beyond Limón. As of 2006, there were 35,330 km of roads, of which 8,621 km were paved. Motor vehicle registrations in 2000 included 103,335 passenger automobiles and 132,520 commercial vehicles.

Of the three railroad lines, the Atlantic Railway between Limón and San José and the government-owned Pacific Electric Railway between San José and Puntarenas are interconnected; in 1974, the government nationalised the Northern Railway, taking ownership away from the British. A railway line operated by the Banana Company of Costa Rica (246 km) is used mainly for company business.

Principal ports are Puerto Limón on the Caribbean Sea and Puntarenas, Caldera, and Golfito on the Pacific. As of 2006, Costa Rica had two merchant vessels of more than 1,000 GRT totaling 2,308 GRT. There are about 730 km of seasonally navigable waterways.

There were 157 airports in 2006, 32 of which had paved runways. Líneas Aéreas Costarricenses, S.A. (LACSA), the national airline, provides domestic and international services centered at Juan Santamaria International Airport near San José, as well as, service by fifteen international passengers lines and 22 cargo lines. In 2001, 751,700 passengers were carried on scheduled domestic and international flights.


157 (2006)

Airports - with paved runways
total: 32
2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
1,524 to 2,437 m: 2
914 to 1,523 m: 19
under 914 m: 9 (2006)

Airports - with unpaved runways
total: 125
914 to 1,523 m: 24
under 914 m: 101 (2006)

refined products 242 km (2006)

total: 278 km
narrow gauge: 278 km 1.067-m gauge
note: none of the railway network is in use (2007)

total: 35,330 km
paved: 8,621 km
unpaved: 26,709 km (2004)

730 km (seasonally navigable by small craft) (2005)

Merchant marine
total: 2 ships (1000 GRT or over) 2,308 GRT/743 DWT
by type: passenger/cargo 2 (2006)

Ports and terminals
Caldera, Golfito, Puntarenas, Puerto Limon





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