Transport and infrastructure on Christmas Island

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Christmas Island with the average of all countries in the Australian continent.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Christmas Island ranks 1st in the world with 8.16 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 18 kilometers long.

Airports on Christmas Island

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 140 km. For each of the country's 2,205 inhabitants, this corresponds to 63.49 meters. This puts Christmas Island in 4th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 16 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country. On Christmas Island, 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.


Christmas Island

 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways100 km63,492.06 km1,037.04 m
Railroads0 km8,163.27 km133.33 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors00.000.000


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways967,800 km31,407.04 km120.84 m
Railroads37,500 km1,216.57 km4.68 m
Waterways2,000 km64.90 km0.25 m
Commercial harbors69622.590.000

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Christmas Island: AirportsThe Christmas Island Airport (XCH)Christmas Island Airport - the only public airport on Christmas Island
Christmas Island: ClimateClimate details on Christmas IslandA climate analysis for Christmas Island incl. temperatures, rain days per month, rainfalls
Ranking: MegacitiesMega cities - the biggest cities all over the worldRanking of the biggest cities worldwide. On top: Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing