Transport and infrastructure in Laos

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Laos 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.

Airports in Laos

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 39,586 km. For each of the country's 7.43 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 5.33 meters. This puts Laos in 104th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 31 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 1142 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Laos is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to 16.3 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Laos, 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
Roadways39,600 km5,331.41 km167.17 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways4,600 km619.52 km19.43 m
Commercial harbors10.130.000


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways16,613,000 km3,524.24 km519.50 m
Railroads280,000 km59.41 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km55.21 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors45,9989.760.001

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Laos: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in LaosThe 8 biggest airports and 2 airlines in Laos with further information and data with further information on airlines and destinations
Laos: ClimateClimate details in LaosA climate analysis for Laos incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, rainfalls
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