Transport in Côte d'Ivoire

= Railways =

"total:"660 km
"narrow gauge:"660 km, 1000 mm gauge; 25 km double track (1995 est.)

Railway links with adjacent countries

* Burkina Faso - yes - 1000 mm
* Ghana - no - break of gauge 1000 mm/1067 mm
* Mali - no - same gauge
* Guinea - no - same gauge
* Liberia - no - break of gauge


* [ UN Map]

Towns served by rail

* Abidjan - national capital and port
* Agboville
* Bouaké
* Katiola
* Tafire
* Wangolodougou
* Ferkessédougou - near Burkina Faso border.

Towns proposed to be served by rail

* San Pedro - port
* Mount Nimba - iron ore


"total:"50,400 km
"paved:"4,889 km
"unpaved:"45,511 km (1996 est.)

The Trans-West African Coastal Highway provides a paved link to Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, with paved highways to landlocked Mali and Burkina Faso feeding into the coastal highway. When construction of roads and bridges in Liberia and Sierra Leone is complete, the highway will link to another 7 ECOWAS nations to the west and north-west.


980 km navigable rivers, canals, and numerous coastal lagoons

Ports and harbors

Abidjan, Aboisso, Dabou, San-Pedro

Merchant marine

"total:"1 ship (with a volume of GRT|1,000|first=yes or over) totaling GRT|1,200/DWT|1,500|metric|first=yes
"ships by type:"
petroleum tanker 1 (1999 est.)


36 (1999 est.)

Nouvelle Air Ivoire is the national carrier of Côte d'Ivoire. Recently formed from the failed Air Ivoire, the airline operates an aging fleet of Western-built aircraft. It is owned by Air France and the U.S. Finance company AIG. Air Ivoire was forced to cease operations a number of times due to technical and financial difficulties.

Security/Safety Concerns There is rampant corruption among airport officials in Côte d'Ivoire. Immigration officials have been known to ask for bribes to 'expedite' processing the forms, or to offer to fill out the customs forms prior to demanding a 'fee' for doing so. The anti-French sentiment, peaking in early 2003, spilled over onto airports when 1,500 French nationals were trapped in Abidjan's airport by an anti-French mob.

Airports - with paved runways

10,000 ft (3,048 m) and over:1
8,000 to 9,999 ft (2,438 to 3,047 m):2
5,000 to 7,999 ft (1,524 to 2,437 m):4 (1999 est.)

Airports - with unpaved runways

5,000 to 7,999 ft (1,524 to 2,437 m):8
3,000 to 4,999 ft (914 to 1,523 m):12
under 3,000 ft (914 m):9 (1999 est.)

See also

* Côte d'Ivoire


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