Transport and infrastructure in Burundi

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Burundi with the average of all countries in Africa. In many places, the traffic routes show considerable deficiencies and are often not in a particularly good condition.

Airports in Burundi

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 12,322 km. For each of the country's 12.55 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 0.98 meters. This puts Burundi in 204th place in the global ranking. However, the country's population density must also be taken into account, which is relatively high at around 451 inhabitants per km². The higher the population density of a country, the shorter the average distance traveled.

With an average of 3856 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Burundi is considered very dangerous. This corresponds to 34.6 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Burundi, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways12,300 km981.74 km442.76 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways673 km53.62 km24.18 m
Commercial harbors00.000.000


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways2,997,800 km2,151.40 km98.86 m
Railroads88,600 km63.57 km2.92 m
Waterways68,400 km49.09 km2.26 m
Commercial harbors7,9055.670.000

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Burundi: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in BurundiThe 2 biggest airports and in Burundi with further information and data (Bujumbura Int'l. and Kirundo)
Burundi: ClimateClimate details in BurundiA climate analysis for Burundi incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine
Ranking: MegacitiesMega cities - the biggest cities all over the worldRanking of the biggest cities worldwide. On top: Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing