Transport and infrastructure in Chile

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Chile 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, Chile ranks 42nd in the world with 0.37 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 7,282 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 3.59 billion tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 738.00 million passenger-kilometers in 2021.

Airports in Chile

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 77,801 km. For each of the country's 19.49 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 3.99 meters. This puts Chile in 125th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 26 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 2432 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Chile is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to 13.2 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Chile, 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. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways77,800 km3,991.19 km102.82 m
Railroads7,300 km373.57 km9.62 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors23111.850.000

South America

 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways3,101,100 km7,134.46 km174.14 m
Railroads85,100 km195.82 km4.78 m
Waterways119,400 km274.61 km6.70 m
Commercial harbors2,2605.200.000

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Chile: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in ChileThe 17 biggest airports and 5 airlines in Chile with further information and data with further information on airlines and destinations
Chile: ClimateClimate and temperature development in ChileA climate analysis for Chile incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, water temperature, rainfalls
Ranking: MegacitiesMega cities - the biggest cities all over the worldRanking of the biggest cities worldwide. On top: Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing