Water transportation is relatively inexpensive and this is due to the fact that rivers are natural highways and do not require an abundance of maintenance.
- Water transport is 30-60% less expensive than road travel.
- Usually averages close to 2 cents/ton-mile.
Recreational water transport costs
Cruising has become a popular mean of water travel for things like vacations and honeymoons.
- The average cost of a 7-day cruise is around $1,550. This includes things like tickets, activities, and the operating costs for the ship
In 2014, public spending totaled $416 billion on water transportation and infrastructure.
- Most of these funds came from state and local government.