Transport in Guinea

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Three men hold on to the back of a moving matatu, Guinea, 2014.

Transport in Guinea is composed by a variety of systems that people in the country use to get around as well as to and from domestic and international destinations.

The railway from Conakry to Kankan ceased operating in the mid-1980s.[1]

Domestic air services are intermittent. Most vehicles in Guinea are 20+ years old, and cabs are any four-door vehicle which the owner has designated as being for hire.

Locals, nearly entirely without vehicles of their own, rely upon these taxis (which charge per seat) and small buses to take them around town and across the country. There is some river traffic on the Niger and Milo rivers. Horses and donkeys pull carts, primarily to transport construction materials.

Iron mining at Simandou (South) in the southeast beginning in 2007 and at Kalia in the east is likely to result in the construction of a new heavy-duty standard gauge railway and deepwater port. Iron mining at Simandou (North) will load to a new port near Buchanan, Liberia, in exchange for which rehabilitation of the Conakry to Kankan line will occur.[citation needed]

Conakry International Airport is the largest airport in the country, with flights to other cities in Africa as well as to Europe.


  1000 mm gauge tracks
  1435 mm gauge tracks

total: 1,086 km
standard gauge: 279 km 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge
metre gauge: 807 km 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge (includes 662 km in common carrier service from Kankan to Conakry)[2]

The lines do not all connect.

Cities served by rail[edit]

Northern line[edit]

This line is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge (standard gauge) and carries about 12,000,000 t (11,810,478 long tons; 13,227,736 short tons) per annum.

Central line[edit]

This line is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge and head off in a northwestern direction.

Southern line[edit]

This line is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge. Conversion to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge has been proposed.[3]

This line is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in).

South Western line[edit]

This line is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) and parallels the Southern line.

Proposed Trans-Guinean Railways[edit]

The heavy duty Transguinean Railways is about 750 km long and would be 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge). It goes from iron ore mines in the south east and bauxite mines in the north to a new port a Matakong.[5]



  • July 2008 - wobbles over Simandou leases [6]
  • four ex-Croatian locomotives refurbished and regauged in Russia [7]




total: 30,500 km
paved: 5,033 km
unpaved: 25,467 km (1996 est.)

The Trans–West African Coastal Highway crosses Guinea, connecting it to Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), and when construction in Sierra Leone and Liberia is complete, to a total of 13 other nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


1,295 km navigable by shallow-draft native craft

Ports and harbors[edit]

Merchant marine[edit]

none (1999 est.)


15 (1999 est.)

Airports - with paved runways[edit]

total: 5
over 3,047 m: 1
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 3 (1999 est.)

The airport code for the capital, Conakry, is CKY.

Airports - with unpaved runways[edit]

total: 10
1,524 to 2,437 m: 5
914 to 1,523 m: 4
under 914 m: 1 (1999 est.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Railways in Guinea". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  2. ^ United States Central Intelligence Agency. "The World Factbook". Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Janes World Railways 2002-2003 p182
  4. ^ Janes World Railways 2002-2003 p102
  5. ^ "Transguinean". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2018-12-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Railway Gazette International February 2008 p73
  8. ^ Izon, David (June 1995). "The Mineral Industry of Guinea" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-15.

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