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Railway Companies and Consortia

The private railway that exists in country had been out of service since 2002. The rail was revived in 2007 for the use of public transportation. The railway has brought a significant savings in transportation fees for low income families, who travelled between the municipalities of San Salvador, Ciudad Delgado and Apopa. A passenger train ticket with the El Salvador National Railways (FENADESAL) costs only US$ 0.10 cents. Not only passengers have benefited from the reopening of rail service, but also many people who are engaged in informal trade, selling edible products inside the carriages every day, while the train runs through the districts mentioned above. The Government is determining the feasibility to expand the service to the borders in order to support the supply chain of trade in the region, through the interconnection of the railway network with Honduras and Guatemala, and to ensure and promote the national vision to turn El Salvador into a center for value-added regional distribution. The total track distance is 283 Km. 

Connections:

  • Union Port – Apopa town
  • Apopa town – Port of Acajutla
  • Apopa town - Guatemalan border
  • Town of San Jerónimo (El Salvador border) – Zacapa town – Port Barrios  

For more information, please see the following links: 

4.1 El Salvador Government Contact List

4.10 El Salvador Railway Company Contact List

Stations/Dry Ports

There are no dry ports in El Salvador, but Honduras has begun construction in 2008 of its stage of the "Dry Canal", the Central American inter-ocean highway. The project is backed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE).  The 100-kilometer route is to link Goascorán, on the border with El Salvador, with Villa de San Antonio in central Honduras. The Dry Canal aims to link the Pacific ports of La Unión (El Salvador), Henecán (Honduras) and Corinto (Nicaragua) with the Caribbean ports of Puerto Cortés (Honduras) and Puerto Barrios (Guatemala).