Transport in figures

Reference data for science, policymakers, the media and civil society

The 'Transport in Figures' (ViZ) paperback and the accompanying online documents and tables (in German only) present the transport situation and the development of transport in Germany and the European Union.

Tables and graphics

The report contains information on infrastructure spending and fixed assets for the entire transport sector, transport-specific economic indicators on infrastructure, vehicle fleets, employees and revenue as well as information on vehicle fleets, driving licences and road accidents. For the transport of passengers and goods, figures are provided on traffic volume and performance, supplemented by differentiated information on transport purposes, the transport of hazardous goods or cross-border transport. A separate section is dedicated to the cost of transport, including information on energy consumption and the associated environmental impact. A selection of international key figures enables comparisons with other European countries and rounds off this comprehensive work.

The many tables have been updated using various data sources. To this end, official statistics, association and company statistics as well as the results of current research projects and transport surveys such as the 'Driving Performance Survey' and 'Mobility in Germany' are analysed and in some cases compiled on the basis of model calculations. In particular, the annual updates and projections of vehicle mileage and passenger transport services require extensive model calculations incorporating key data from official statistics, including the development of population, car ownership and fuel consumption.

Each year's latest edition is published in autumn. In addition to a paperback edition available directly from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt; KBA) or from bookshops. It can also be downloaded from the website of the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).

Over 50 years of transport statistics

The annual publication has been the standard reference work for transport statistics in Germany for the past 50 years. It provides key figures on almost all aspects of transport and its development, including its significance for the national economy. The broad spectrum of data and numerous long-term time series make it possible to track transport developments, recognise structural changes and identify correlations. The 49th edition of the 2020/2021 pocketbook was prepared by DLR for the first time, but still in close cooperation with the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), which was responsible in particular for the capital stock model and economic analyses. In the previous project phase (2015 to 2019), DLR contributed to the further development of the models for calculating passenger transport demand and the mileage and fuel consumption of motor vehicles.

Project participants

German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.; DIW) Berlin

Funded by


Jan Grippenkoven

Head of the Department
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Transport Research
Means of Transport
Rudower Chaussee 7, 12489 Berlin