Transport and infrastructure in ArgentinaOur listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Argentina with the average of all countries in America. Overall, the main traffic and transport routes are well developed and in comparatively good condition.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Argentina ranks 15th in the world with 0.81 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 36,917 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 8.38 billion tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 8.36 billion passenger-kilometers in 2017.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 4,989 km of coastline. In 2021, about 1.79 million freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 281,290 km. For each of the country's 45.81 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 6.14 meters. This puts Argentina in 90th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 16 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 6126 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Argentina is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to 13.9 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.
In Argentina, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. This regulation was enforced on June 10th, 1945. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||281,300 km||6,140.53 km||101.17 m|
|Railroads||36,900 km||805.89 km||13.28 m|
|Waterways||11,000 km||240.13 km||3.96 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||3,101,100 km||7,134.46 km||174.14 m|
|Railroads||85,100 km||195.82 km||4.78 m|
|Waterways||119,400 km||274.61 km||6.70 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)