El Salvador

Capital San Salvador

Population 6,520,675

Area 21,041 km2

Key facts

El Salvador is a country located in Central America. There are 2 countries (Guatemala, Honduras) that El Salvador shares its borders with. The official language of El Salvador is Spanish. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, El Salvador was ranked 54th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in El Salvador is United States dollar (USD). The dollar ($) is subdivided into 100 cent (¢).

Salvadoran
Banknotes

$1$5$10$20$50$1002$

Salvadoran
Coins

10¢25¢$150¢

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in El Salvador is 67.62 Mbps and mobile is 34.63 Mbs.The global average is 187.01 Mbps and 128.37 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in El Salvador is close to the world average.36.28 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in El Salvador, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in El Salvador. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 115 V, 60 Hz  Type B 115 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, El Salvador will celebrate 26 national public holidays.

Date Holiday name
May 1, 2023 Labor DayDía del trabajo
May 3, 2023 The Day of the CrossDía de la Cru
May 7, 2023 Soldiers’ DayDía del Soldado
May 10, 2023 Father’s DayDía del Padre
August 1, 2023 August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 2, 2023 August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 3, 2023 August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 4, 2023 August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 5, 2023 August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 6, 2023 August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 7, 2023 August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
September 15, 2023 Independence DayDía de la Independencia
October 1, 2023 Children’s DayDía del niño
October 12, 2023 Ethnic Pride DayDía de la raza
November 2, 2023 Day of the DeadEl día de los difuntos
November 7, 2023 National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 8, 2023 National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 9, 2023 National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 10, 2023 National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 11, 2023 National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 12, 2023 National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 13, 2023 National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 21, 2023 Day of the Queen of PeaceDia de la Reina de la Paz
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayNoche Buena
December 31, 2023 New Year’s EveFin de año

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in El Salvador?

There are no Mariott hotels in El Salvador.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in El Salvador.

The IHG hotel chain operates in El Salvador.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in El Salvador.

There are no Radisson hotels in El Salvador.

There are no Accor hotels in El Salvador.

What fast food chains are present in El Salvador?

The McDonald’s chain operates in El Salvador.

The KFC chain operates in El Salvador.

The Burger King chain operates in El Salvador.

The Subway chain operates in El Salvador.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in El Salvador.

The Starbucks chain operates in El Salvador.

Weather

What is the weather like in San Salvador?

Today the sun in San Salvador, rises at 5:41 AM and sets at 6:10 PM. The climate of San Salvador may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayApr 18Rain showersLow: 22.2°C (71.96°F)High: 31.1°C (87.98°F)
FridayApr 19Rain showersLow: 22.5°C (72.5°F)High: 29.7°C (85.46°F)
SaturdayApr 20Rain showersLow: 22.5°C (72.5°F)High: 29.6°C (85.28°F)
SundayApr 21Rain showersLow: 21.8°C (71.24°F)High: 30.4°C (86.72°F)
MondayApr 22ThunderstormLow: 21.7°C (71.06°F)High: 30°C (86°F)
TuesdayApr 23OvercastLow: 22.4°C (72.32°F)High: 33.2°C (91.76°F)

Weather data for San Salvador (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is not available in El Salvador.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in El Salvador.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.5, El Salvador is placed 77th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In El Salvador traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  88.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 20.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in El Salvador

911 Police
132 Ambulance
132 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

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