Transport and infrastructure in CubaOur listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Cuba with the average of all countries in America. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.
In terms of the length of its rail network, Cuba ranks 20th in the world with 0.74 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 8,367 kilometers long.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 3,735 km of coastline. In 2019, about 340,950 freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 60,000 km. For each of the country's 11.26 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 5.33 meters. This puts Cuba in 105th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 102 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants in the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.
With an average of 978 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Cuba is considered relatively safe. This corresponds to 8.6 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.
In Cuba, 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.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||60,000 km||5,330.31 km||546.05 m|
|Railroads||8,400 km||743.31 km||76.15 m|
|Waterways||240 km||21.32 km||2.18 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||950,800 km||4,294.37 km||349.46 m|
|Railroads||31,600 km||142.75 km||11.62 m|
|Waterways||9,600 km||43.32 km||3.53 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)