Tropico 6 Traffic



Tropicans (citizen in tropico) don’t have to walk along roads. They walk in the wilderness.

In extreme circumstances, tropicans can swim to destinations.[1]

If a tropican lives in a shack, when he arrives at his workplace, he will reevaluate his housing choice and may build a new shack.

Teamster Port

teamsters can depart Port to Teamster Port.

Constructors and Tropicans will land at Teamster Port, if the road or the bridge is too far away.

From To User When to use
Dock Landing commuters Only reachable by water. If commuters can walk here, they do not use landings.
Dock Landing teamsters never
Docker Teamster Port commuters Only reachable by water. If commuters can walk here, they do not use landings.
Docker Teamster Port teamsters Only reachable by water. If teamers can drive here, no matter how many detours it is, they do not use teamster port.
Docker Teamster Port constructors The waterway is shorter than the road.

Hence, on the same island if you want to separate two regions that are connected by land but disconnected by road, you at minimum build a teamster port in the new region. The dock in the old region services the purpose of trading. Landing is totally unnecessary for a different part of the island. No one will use landings.

Bus Garage

A bus can wait at a stop for 2 months before departing.

There is no limit on the number of buses on route, as long as workers come to work. No workers should be waiting in the bus garage.

The game alternates the starting point of a bus. When a bus leaves the bus garage, it has been assigned its starting point, which could be the starting stop or the ending stop. In case the bus starts at the ending stop, it will not load passengers at the start stop, even if the bus drives through.

When the bus (driver) reaches its starting point, he clocks in I believe, and then actually starts working. When he reaches its ending point (which may be the starting stop or the ending stop), the game will evaluate his working hours. If he has finished his working hours, he will not load passengers at the destination. Instead, he will drive the empty bus back to the bus garage.

bus –>

Suppose a bus is spawned to start at E (the ending stop).

bus (skip) –>

Bus will skip the starting stop because it must start as E.

bus (load)

Bus will load passengers at E.

If a worker is full color (at work) but the tooltip says he is heading to Bus Garage, his bus must not have passenger. This means he was driving as an outbound bus, and now he is returning empty.

The two stops of a bus garage should be within the range of a given activity. For example, we can put one stop at an industry zone, and the other stop at a tavern, a church, and a clinic. The effect range of the tavern, the church, and the clinic must cover the industry zone, otherwise people in the industry zone are not likely to use the bus route to go to these services.

Therefore, the strategy is to service buildings together. Also bus routes are best used at mountain roads. The effect range is just light-of-sight distance but winding roads take longer time to walk. Taking bus along winding rouads saves tropicans travel time.

Fire Station

If the fire is on another island or another part of the island that is not connected via roads, fire fighters will not dispatch.


  1. kugelamarant. Tropico's Inter Islands Swimming Championship. . 2024-06-01 [2024-06-20].