Transport and infrastructure in Samoa

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Samoa with the average of all countries in Oceania. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.

Airports in Samoa

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 1,150 km. For each of the country's 198,410 inhabitants, this corresponds to 5.80 meters. This puts Samoa in 98th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 70 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 25 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Samoa is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 13.0 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.

In Samoa, 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
Roadways1,200 km5,796.08 km404.93 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors1260.480.004


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways30,900 km2,504.49 km55.93 m
Railroads600 km48.39 km1.08 m
Waterways11,200 km908.39 km20.29 m
Commercial harbors5,397437.420.010

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Samoa: AirportsThe 1 airports in SamoaFaleolo International Airport - the only public airport in Samoa with further information on airlines and destinations
Samoa: ClimateClimate details in SamoaA climate analysis for Samoa 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