Transport and infrastructure in Paraguay

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Paraguay with the average of all countries in America. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Paraguay ranks 134th in the world with zero meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 30 kilometers long.

Airports in Paraguay

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 78,811 km. For each of the country's 6.70 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 11.76 meters. This puts Paraguay in 46th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 16 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 1440 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Paraguay is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 22.3 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Paraguay, 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. This regulation was enforced in January 1st, 1970. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways78,800 km11,756.17 km193.76 m
Railroads0 km4.48 km0.07 m
Waterways3,100 km462.42 km7.62 m
Commercial harbors11016.410.000

South America

 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways3,101,100 km7,134.46 km174.14 m
Railroads85,100 km195.82 km4.78 m
Waterways119,400 km274.61 km6.70 m
Commercial harbors2,2275.120.000

Data sources used

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