Transport and infrastructure in Kiribati

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Kiribati with the average of all countries in Oceania. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 1,143 km of coastline. In 2019, about 52,099.86 freight containers were transported.

Airports in Kiribati

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 670 km. For each of the country's 121,388 inhabitants, this corresponds to 5.52 meters. This puts Kiribati in 101st place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 150 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 4 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Kiribati is considered very safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 3.2 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.

In Kiribati, left-hand traffic is the rule on the roads, i.e. you drive in the left lane and overtake on the right. Oncoming traffic comes to meet you on the right side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways700 km5,519.49 km827.16 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways5 km41.19 km6.17 m
Commercial harbors88724.950.109


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways30,900 km2,461.92 km55.93 m
Railroads600 km47.56 km1.08 m
Waterways11,200 km892.96 km20.29 m
Commercial harbors5,397429.990.010

Data sources used

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