Transport and infrastructure in BoliviaOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Bolivia with the average of all countries in America. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Bolivia ranks 48th in the world with 0.33 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 3,960 kilometers long.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 90,568 km. For each of the country's 11.83 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 7.65 meters. This puts Bolivia in 70th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 11 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 2258 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Bolivia is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 20.3 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.
In Bolivia, left-hand traffic is the rule on the roads, i.e. you drive in the left lane and overtake on the right. Oncoming traffic comes to meet you on the right side. This regulation was enforced on January 1st, 1970. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||90,600 km||7,653.89 km||82.44 m|
|Railroads||4,000 km||334.66 km||3.60 m|
|Waterways||10,000 km||845.10 km||9.10 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||3,101,100 km||7,139.91 km||174.14 m|
|Railroads||85,100 km||195.97 km||4.78 m|
|Waterways||119,400 km||274.82 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)