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Transport and infrastructure in Poland

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Poland with the average of all countries in Europe. Overall, the main traffic and transport routes are well developed and in comparatively good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Poland ranks 35th in the world with 0.49 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 18,538 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 54.58 billion tons and kilometers traveled. Passenger traffic reached 21.04 billion passenger-kilometers in 2018.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 440 km of coastline. In 2020, about 2.90 million freight containers were transported.

Airports in Poland


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 420,000 km. For each of the country's 37.95 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 11.07 meters. This puts Poland in 46th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 121 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 3752 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Poland 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 Poland, 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.


 

Poland

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways420,000 km11,066.96 km1,343.23 m
Railroads18,500 km488.47 km59.29 m
Waterways3,997 km105.32 km12.78 m
Commercial harbors1433.770.000
Airports1263.320.403
 

Europe

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways6,708,300 km11,136.37 km1,111.61 m
Railroads258,600 km429.31 km42.85 m
Waterways53,100 km88.21 km8.81 m
Commercial harbors15,29125.380.003
Airports3,7376.200.001


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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