Rail transport in Burkina Faso

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Train station in Koudougou, Burkina Faso.

There are 622 kilometres of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge railway in Burkina Faso which run from Kaya to the border with Côte d'Ivoire. As of June 2014 'Sitarail' operates a passenger train three times a week along the route from Ouagadougou to Abidjan.[1] Journey time is 43 to 48 hours.

Burkina Faso is landlocked but the railway to Abidjan provides rail access to a port. Links to railways in Ghana and the port of Takoradi have been repeatedly proposed.[2][3][4]


Banfora station

The following towns of Burkina Faso are served by the country's railways:

Construction resuming[edit]



On 31 November 2011, an agreement was signed to build a new international railway connecting Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Benin.[9]


Pan African Minerals to develop the Tambao manganese project at a cost of up to $1 billion. The manganese mine is in the north of Burkina Faso, near the border with Niger and Mali, containing perhaps 100 million tonnes of the metal (used in steel production). "The Tamboa project is an integrated project with a mining component and an infrastructure component, notably through the roads, railway and the port," said Romanian billionaire Frank Timis. "The project will happen in the next three years and will require investment of nearly $1 billion."[10][11]


Ghana and Ivory Coast sign a deal to develop a through rail link.



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