Transport and infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Kyrgyzstan with the average of all countries in Asia. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in particularly good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Kyrgyzstan ranks 97th in the world with 0.06 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 424 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 1.00 billion tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 21.00 million passenger-kilometers in 2021.

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 34,000 km. For each of the country's 6.69 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 5.08 meters. This puts Kyrgyzstan in 111st place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 33 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 994 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Kyrgyzstan is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to 16.0 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Kyrgyzstan, 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
Roadways34,000 km5,080.85 km170.04 m
Railroads400 km63.36 km2.12 m
Waterways576 km86.08 km2.88 m
Commercial harbors00.000.000


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways16,613,000 km3,547.96 km519.50 m
Railroads280,000 km59.81 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km55.59 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors45,9989.820.001

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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