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Transport and infrastructure in the Philippines

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of the Philippines with the average of all countries in Asia. 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, Philippines ranks 137th in the world with 0.00 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 77 kilometers long. Passenger traffic reached 384.00 million passenger-kilometers in 2016.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 36,289 km of coastline. In 2020, about 7.51 million freight containers were transported.

Airports in the Philippines


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 216,387 km. For each of the country's 109.58 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.97 meters. This puts Philippines in 175th place in the global ranking. However, the country's population density must also be taken into account, which is relatively high at around 365 inhabitants per km².

With an average of 11998 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in the Philippines is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 11.6 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.

In the Philippines, 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.


 

Philippines

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways216,400 km1,974.67 km721.29 m
Railroads100 km0.70 km0.26 m
Waterways3,219 km29.38 km10.73 m
Commercial harbors1,80516.470.006
Airports2472.250.823
 

Asia

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways14,699,500 km3,186.25 km459.66 m
Railroads280,000 km60.70 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km56.42 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors46,0549.980.001
Airports4,3490.940.000


Data sources used

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