Transport in Djibouti

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total: 100 km (Djibouti segment of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railroad)
Metre gauge: 100 km 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge
Note: Djibouti and Ethiopia planned to revitalize the century-old railroad that links their capitals by 2003

Railway links to adjacent countries

  • Ethiopia - 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) line to Addis Abeba
  • Eritrea - systems do not connect
  • Somalia - there is no railway in Somalia
  • Yemen - A 27 km bridge has been proposed [1]






150 km/h CONTAINER TRAINS FOR AFRICA - Speaking at the inauguration of his second term in office, President Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti appealed for a 6 000 km landbridge rail line linking his country's Gulf of Tadjourah to Cameroon on the Gulf of Guinea. Estimated to cost $US6 billion, the line would run through the Sudan and the Central Africa Republic. Neighbouring landlocked countries such as southern Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi would all benefit from improved facilities for import and export traffic, as well as Chad. Pointing out that the trade development, peace and economy of the African continent could be considerably enhanced, Guelleh suggested that the project forms part of the investment programme proposed by the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the G8 meeting in Scotland. "It will take only 48 hours to transport goods between the Red Sea and the Atlantic Ocean using a double-stack container carrier express train at an average speed of 150 km/h", Guelleh told his impressed guests. Because the line encounters three different gauges along the way, 950 mm, 1067 mm and 1000 mm, the break of gauge problem can best be solved by adopting the world standard 1435 mm gauge.

Towns served by stations


total: 2,890 km
paved: 364 km
unpaved: 2,526 km (1996 est.) Major roads include N1 west from Djibouti 246 km via Ouê'a and Mouloud to Dikhil, then north via Yoboki to Ethiopia, designated part of the Ndjamena-Djibouti Trans-Africa Highway 6; N2 east from Djibouti along the coast to Somalia at Layado; N9 from N1 122 km north and east to Tadjoura, where a secondary road continues along the coast; and a secondary road from Djibouti south-west via Holhol and Ali Addé to Ali Sabieh, then north to join N1. There is one road to Somailand at Layado; three roads to Ethiopia: south from Ali Sabieh parallel to the railway to Dewele, N1 to Deda'i on Ethiopia No 2, and an unimproved track north-west from Balho to Ethiopia No 2; and two to Eritrea: an unpaved track overland from Tadjoura via Randa and Assa Gaila to Aseb, and a coastal track from Obock to Aseb; Sources: Michelon 745 Africa North East, Arabia 2007 GeoCenter Africa North East 1999

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