Transport and infrastructure in Vanuatu

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Vanuatu 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.

Airports in Vanuatu

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 1,070 km. For each of the country's 314,464 inhabitants, this corresponds to 3.40 meters. This puts Vanuatu in 136th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 26 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 41 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Vanuatu is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 14.7 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.

In Vanuatu, 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
Roadways1,100 km3,402.62 km87.78 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors306973.080.025


 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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