Transport and infrastructure in the Dominican Republic

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of the Dominican Republic 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, Dominican Republic ranks 112nd in the world with 0.04 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 496 kilometers long.

Airports in the Dominican Republic

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 19,705 km. For each of the country's 11.12 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.77 meters. This puts Dominican Republic in 181st place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 228 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 4617 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in the Dominican Republic is considered extremely dangerous. This corresponds to 43.5 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In the Dominican Republic, 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.


Dominican Republic

 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways19,700 km1,772.37 km404.87 m
Railroads500 km44.61 km10.19 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors383.420.001

Central America

 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways950,800 km4,294.37 km349.46 m
Railroads31,600 km142.75 km11.62 m
Waterways9,600 km43.32 km3.53 m
Commercial harbors15,67470.790.006

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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