Transport and infrastructure in MoldovaOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Moldova with the average of all countries in Europe. 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, Moldova ranks 37th in the world with 0.45 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 1,171 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 940.30 million tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 94.50 million passenger-kilometers in 2018.
The waterways and ports listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals, as there is no direct access to the sea in Moldova. In 2019, about 818 freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 9,352 km. For each of the country's 2.62 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 3.57 meters. This puts Moldova in 131st place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 77 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on 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 276 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Moldova is considered relatively safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 9.9 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.
In Moldova, 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. This rule was introduced at the end of the 18th century during the Napoleonic Wars. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||9,400 km||3,568.79 km||276.28 m|
|Railroads||1,200 km||446.86 km||34.59 m|
|Waterways||558 km||212.94 km||16.48 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||6,708,300 km||11,136.37 km||1,111.61 m|
|Railroads||258,600 km||429.31 km||42.85 m|
|Waterways||53,100 km||88.21 km||8.81 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)