Transport and infrastructure in Paraguay

Our listing of the primary kinds 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 0.00 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 30 kilometers long.

The waterways and ports listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals, as there is no direct access to the sea in Paraguay. In 2019, about 10,512.50 freight containers were transported.

Airports in Paraguay

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 74,676 km. For each of the country's 7.13 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 10.47 meters. This puts Paraguay in 48th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 18 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 1515 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Paraguay is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 22.4 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 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
Roadways74,700 km10,469.78 km183.59 m
Railroads0 km4.21 km0.07 m
Waterways3,100 km434.63 km7.62 m
Commercial harbors11015.420.000

South America

 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways3,097,400 km7,189.46 km173.93 m
Railroads85,100 km197.57 km4.78 m
Waterways119,400 km277.06 km6.70 m
Commercial harbors2,2275.170.000

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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