Transport and infrastructure in Palau

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

Airports in Palau

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 125 km. For each of the country's 18,174 inhabitants, this corresponds to 6.88 meters. This puts Palau in 78th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 40 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 1 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2013), road traffic in Palau is considered very safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 4.8 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.

In Palau, 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.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways100 km6,877.96 km271.74 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors26414,526.250.574


 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)
Palau: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in PalauThe biggest airports and Koror in Palau with further information and data
Palau: ClimateClimate details in PalauA climate analysis for Palau 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