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Transportation in Suriname


Suriname, as of 2011, had 1,200 km of navigable waterways, most of which can handle vessels with a draft of up to 7 m. A ferry service across the Corantijn River to Guyana began operating in 1990. As of 2008, the country had only one merchant ship of 1,000 GRT or more, a cargo vessel, totalling 1,078 GRT.

There are 166 km of single-track railway, 86 km government owned and the rest industrial. Paramaribo can be reached from any town or village on the coastal plain by good all-weather roads. In 1999, the first of two new bridges connecting the country from East to West along the coast was opened. As of 2003, there were 4,304 km of roadways, of which 1,130 km were paved. State-owned and private companies operate regular bus services, both local and long distance. In the same year, there were 65,400 passenger cars and 27,000 commercial vehicles.

Total number of airports stood at an estimated 55 in 2013, of which only six had paved runways. Zanderij International Airport near Paramaribo can handle jet aircraft, and there are small airstrips throughout the interior. The government-owned Suriname Airways offers regularly scheduled service to the Netherlands and Curaçao.

Military operations involving the Jungle Commando and the national army badly damaged Albina and the road connecting Moengo to the eastern border. Overall lack of proper maintenance on roads, canals and port facilities has resulted in a degraded infrastructure and higher local transportation costs.


Airports : 55 (2013)
Airports - with paved runways : total: 6

over 3,047 m: 1

under 914 m: 5 (2013)
Airports - with unpaved runways : total: 49

914 to 1,523 m: 4

under 914 m:

45 (2013)
Pipelines : oil 50 km (2013)
Railways : total: 166 km single track (2007)
Roadways : total: 4,304 km

paved: 1,130 km

unpaved: 3,174 km (2003)
Waterways : 1,200 km (most navigable by ships with drafts up to 7 m) (2011)
Merchant marine : total: 1

by type: cargo 1 (2008)
Ports and terminals : Paramaribo, Wageningen






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