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Getting Around in El Salvador

By Air

There are no scheduled domestic flights.

By Rail

All rail transport in El Salvador was suspended in October 2002. In 2006, a pilot scheme for reviving the rail network commenced and in 2007 a service to between San Salvador and Apopa was restarted with two return trips each morning and evening aimed at commuter traffic. Whilst this will be of little use to travellers, it is hopefully a sign of future reopening of more of the extensive rail network.

By Road

Like anywhere else in Central America, traffic in El Salvador drives on the right. Road conditions vary. Carjacking is not uncommon (especially in the cities) and drivers are advised to travel only by day and with the doors locked at all times. New cars, particularly with foreign license plates, are obvious targets. Automóvil Club de El Salvador has reciprocal agreements with some international motoring organisations and can provide further information on driving in El Salvador. Seat belts must be worn. Speed limits vary from region to region.


A good service exists between major towns, although there can be delays if the weather is bad. Maintenance, however, is extremely poor, and robberies are by no means unheard of especially at night. Buses can be hailed between stops. Pick-up trucks are an alternative method of transport to remote areas.

Car Rental

Available in San Salvador and at the airport from international and local firms.

Documentation: A national or International Driving Permit is required for 30-day visits, after which visitors need to obtain a Salvadoran licence.

Urban Transportation

City buses are cheap and offer a good service, but are often crowded. Taxis are plentiful but not metered, so it is essential to agree the fare beforehand. Taxis are yellow with a chequered stripe and easy to flag down. Alternatively, head to the town square (or similar), where taxis usually congregate between fares. Many large hotels have their own taxi services. Drivers do not expect tips, except when the taxi has been hired for the day.





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