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Transport

The world is interconnected through transport. The sector ensures that bananas from Costa Rica reach our tables or that wooden furniture from Estonia finds a place in Finnish or Swedish homes. A great transport system is an important component of the modern living and business environment.

Transport is divided into land transport (i.e. road and rail), water transport and air transport. Together these modes influence almost all economic activities, including the service sector. The developments and demand of these, in turn, have an impact on the health of the transportation sector. Both local and international economic situation play a role.

Statistics Estonia publishes the following data on transport:

  • number of passengers carried by road, rail, sea and air transport, and freight volumes;
  • data on transport infrastructure;
  • registered vehicles and accidents;
  • economic indicators of transport enterprises.

Well-functioning transport networks promote local business and, more generally, the competitiveness of the economy. Transport indicators help to contribute to faster and more convenient modes of movement, to people and goods reaching destinations safely and without interruption, to quality of roads and environmental sustainability.

Persons killed in road traffic accidents 60
15.4%
ASCENDING TOTAL 2020
Freight transport by road 5.90 million tonnes
-19.4%
4TH QUARTER 2020
Bus passengers on domestic and international lines 21.78 million
-21.39%
1ST QUARTER 2021
Passengers carried by rail 598 thousand
9.5%
JUNE 2021
Freight transport by rail 1.89 million tonnes
-14.0%
JUNE 2021
Passenger cars registered in the traffic register 808,689
1.7%
2020
First registrations of passenger cars 13,185
-31.6%
ASCENDING TOTAL 2021
Goods transported through ports 9.71 million tonnes
-4.6%
4TH QUARTER 2020
Number of arrived passengers in Tallinn Airport 39,897
-14.4%
1ST QUARTER 2021
International passenger transport through ports | III quarter 2019 - I quarter 2021
Transport of goods by railway | III quarter 2019 - I quarter 2021
Passenger transport by bus | III quarter 2019 - I quarter 2021
Passenger transport of transport enterprises by type of transport | 2nd quarter 2019 – 1st quarter 2021
Unit: thousand
2nd quarter 2019 3rd quarter 2019 4th quarter 2019 1st quarter 2020 2nd quarter 2020 3rd quarter 2020 4th quarter 2020 1st quarter 2021
Total 55,764 52,685 57,305 46,620 22,017 40,169 36,123 27,484
Land transport 52,952 49,325 55,108 45,121 21,230 38,026 35,311 26,965
Sea transport 2,617 3,149 2,102 1,418 765 2,102 796 499
Inland waterways transport 11 16 1 1 6 18 1 0
Air transport 184 194 94 80 16 23 16 20

Traffic accidents with casualties on the roads | 2016 – 2020
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Traffic accidents 1,468 1,406 1,469 1,406 1,368
Traffic accidents with fatalities 63 44 64 51 56
Traffic accidents with the participation of drunk drivers 190 182 148 139 132
Traffic accidents with fatalities with the participation of drunk drivers 7 13 12 13 12
Persons killed 71 48 67 52 60
Persons injured 1,846 1,725 1,832 1,733 1,577

Revenue of transport enterprises by type of transport (quarters) | 2nd quarter 2019 – 1st quarter 2021
Unit: million euros
2nd quarter 2019 3rd quarter 2019 4th quarter 2019 1st quarter 2020 2nd quarter 2020 3rd quarter 2020 4th quarter 2020 1st quarter 2021
Transport total 510.96 548.00 463.10 385.63 347.39 389.12 378.17 354.74
Road transport 364.84 377.08 345.87 295.51 294.88 314.40 309.95 299.33
Railway transport 12.86 11.47 12.23 9.17 9.62 9.65 10.58 11.57
Waterway transport 70.88 81.45 59.01 42.55 26.40 42.76 27.36 22.39
Air transport 62.38 77.99 45.99 38.40 16.50 22.31 30.28 21.44

News

Passenger traffic on domestic ship routes increased last year

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2018, compared to 2017, the number of passengers on the main scheduled domestic ship lines increased by 3%, but the number of international traffic passengers served by Estonian ports decreased by 1%. The freight volume of ports in tonnes increased by around 3%.
Read more 21. March 2019