Transport and infrastructure on the Marshall Islands

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

Airports on the Marshall Islands

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 2,028 km. For each of the country's 42,050 inhabitants, this corresponds to 48.23 meters. This puts Marshall Islands in 6th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 232 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants in 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 3 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2013), road traffic on the Marshall Islands is considered relatively safe. This corresponds to 5.7 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

On the Marshall Islands, 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.


Marshall Islands

 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways2,000 km48,228.30 km11,178.48 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors3,81790,772.8921.040


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways30,900 km2,302.70 km55.93 m
Railroads600 km44.49 km1.08 m
Waterways11,200 km835.21 km20.29 m
Commercial harbors5,395402.030.010

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Marshall Islands: AirportsLargest airports and airlines on the Marshall IslandsThe 24 biggest airports and on the Marshall Islands with further information and data with further information on airlines and destinations
Marshall Islands: ClimateClimate and temperature development on the Marshall IslandsA climate analysis for the Marshall Islands incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, water temperature, rainfalls
Ranking: MegacitiesMega cities - the biggest cities all over the worldRanking of the biggest cities worldwide. On top: Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing