Germany's inter-urban road network has a length of more than 231,000 kilometres. Federal trunk roads account for about 53,400 kilometres of this network, with motorways making up around 12,044 kilometres - of which more than 3.000 kilometres consist of six or more lanes - and federal highways around 41,000 kilometres. The federal trunk roads are of vital and continuously increasing importance for Germany due to the country's location at the heart of Europe.
Commuting, weekend excursions, business trips, visiting relatives – every day, seven million people travel by train in Germany. Because rail travel is environmentally friendly and has a promising future. Moreover, the railways are among the safest means of transport. The Federal Ministry of Transport will thus do everything it can to make rail travel even more attractive.
With its central position in the middle of Europe Germany is a hub for international air transport. From Germany there are flights connecting to all regions of the world. A significant proportion of the international transfer traffic in Europe is handled at German airports.
The main advantages of water-borne transport for both national economies and for the environment are its unrivalled low overall economic costs and the additional function of waterways as an environment for living and recreation. Both the German Government and the EU pay great attention to water-borne transport in an effort to cope with the predicted traffic increase in an environment-friendly and cost-effective way.