World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Transport in Eritrea

Article Id: WHEBN0000009383
Reproduction Date:

Title: Transport in Eritrea  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Economy of Eritrea, Eritrea, Transport in Eritrea, List of airports in Eritrea, Banking in Eritrea
Collection: Transport in Eritrea
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Transport in Eritrea

An Eritrean Airlines Boeing 767-366/ER aircraft. The national carrier is based in Asmara.

Transport in Eritrea includes highways, airports and seaports, in addition to various forms of public and private vehicular, maritime and aerial transportation.


  • Railways 1
  • Highways 2
  • Seaports and harbours 3
    • Red Sea 3.1
  • Merchant marine 4
  • Airports 5
    • Airports - with paved runways 5.1
    • Airports - with unpaved runways 5.2
  • Cableway 6
  • References 7
  • See also 8


This steam locomotive dating from the 1930s still operates, carrying both freight and tourists.
As of 1999, there was a total of 317 kilometres of 950 mm (3 ft 1 38 in) (narrow gauge) rail line in Eritrea. The railway links Agordat and Asmara with the port of Massawa; however, it was nonoperational since 1978 except for about a 5 kilometre stretch that was reopened in Massawa in 1994. Rehabilitation of the remainder and of the rolling stock has occurred in recent years. By 2003, the line had been restored from Massawa all the way through to Asmara.

There are no rail links with adjacent countries.


The Rly line Massawa-Asmara between Ghinda and Ebatkala.

The Eritrean highway system is named according to the road classification. The three levels of classification are: primary (P), secondary (S), and tertiary (T). The lowest level road is tertiary and serves local interests. Typically they are improved earth roads which are occasionally paved. During the wet seasons these roads typically become impassable. The next higher level road is a secondary road and typically is a single-layered asphalt road that connects district capitals together and those to the regional capitals. Roads that are considered primary roads are those that are fully asphalted (throughout their entire length) and in general they carry traffic between all the major towns in Eritrea.

Primary Highways of Eritrea[1]
Title Start point Intermediate point End point Road type
P-1 Asmara Ghinda Massawa Asphalt
P-2 Asmara Adi Tekelezan Keren Asphalt
P-3 Asmara Adi Keyh Senafe Asphalt
P-4 Asmara Mendefera Mareb River
(border with Ethiopia)
P-5 Keren Barentu Tesseney Asphalt
P-6 Massawa Tiyo Asseb Gravel
P-7 Asseb n/a Bure Asphalt
P-8 Gahtelai Shebah She'eb Asphalt
P-9 Serejeqa n/a Shebah Gravel

total: 4,010 km
paved: 874 km
unpaved: 3,136 km (1996 est.)

Seaports and harbours

The Massawa harbour.

Red Sea

Merchant marine

total: 5 ships (with a volume of 1,000 gross register tons (GRT) or over) totaling 16,069 GRT/19,549 tonnes deadweight (DWT)
ships by type: bulk carrier 1, cargo ship 1, liquefied gas 1, petroleum tanker 1, roll-on/roll-off ship 1 (1999 est.)


There are three international airports, one in the capital, Asmara International Airport and the two others in the coastal cities, Massawa (Massawa International Airport) and Assab (Assab International Airport). The airport in Asmara receives all international flights into the country as of March 2007, as well as being the main airport for domestic flights.

21 (1999 est.)

Airports - with paved runways

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

Airports - with unpaved runways

total: 18
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
1,524 to 2,437 m: 6
914 to 1,523 m: 6
under 914 m: 2 (1999 est.)


The Asmara-Massawa Cableway, built by Italy in the 1930s, connected the port of Massawa with the city of Asmara. The British later dismantled it during their eleven-year occupation after defeating Italy in World War II.


  1. ^

See also

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.