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The Transportation Price Index is based on train, bus and flight information for 51 countries across 5 continents. Various modes of transport were reviewed to rank buses, flights, and trains in each country. Factors such as distance, schedules, and taxes were used among all transport options. Countries were graded based on the most commonly traveled routes both regionally and inter city by kilometer. Countries were only graded on the modes of transport available within that country. Prices can vary greatly depending on mode of transport and location. It is taken an in depth look into the price of various transport options around the world in order for the ultimate price index to be compiled. Train prices can vary greatly depending on the type of train and the distance of the ride, we accounted for train speed, regional vs long distance, and different class services. All formulas have a per Kilometer average. Bus prices are based on taxes, cost per Kilometer (comparing several companies offering city to city service) and the costs of gasoline/Diesel vs other combustibles including renewables. Concerning flight price index, the cheapest regular flights between the most populous cities in each country were found and then the average price per 100km was calculated. Note: As investment in infrastructure and quality of service are defining factors in the cost of transportation, it is important to note that countries with higher costs are very likely to be the ones with better service. Numbers in the index have not been weighted against GDP per capita or PPP of the countries involved, therefore these results do not reflect wages, infrastructure or quality in the transport industry.
Historical versions of this dataset are available.