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Transport and infrastructure in Guatemala

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Guatemala with the average of all countries in America. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Guatemala ranks 111st in the world with 0.05 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 800 kilometers long.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 400 km of coastline. In 2020, about 1.48 million freight containers were transported.

Airports in Guatemala


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 17,621 km. For each of the country's 16.86 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.05 meters. This puts Guatemala in 200th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 155 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.

With an average of 2560 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Guatemala is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 16.2 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.

In Guatemala, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.


 

Guatemala

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways17,600 km1,045.24 km161.82 m
Railroads800 km47.45 km7.35 m
Waterways990 km58.72 km9.09 m
Commercial harbors90.530.000
Airports29117.262.672
 

Central America

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways644,200 km2,893.70 km236.78 m
Railroads31,600 km141.96 km11.62 m
Waterways9,200 km41.19 km3.37 m
Commercial harbors15,67270.390.006
Airports2,99313.440.001


Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
UNCTAD
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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