Transport and infrastructure in Chad

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Chad 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 Chad

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 40,000 km. For each of the country's 17.18 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 2.33 meters. This puts Chad in 164th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 13 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 4187 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Chad is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 27.7 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Chad, 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
Roadways40,000 km2,328.32 km31.15 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways12,400 km721.78 km9.66 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)
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