Transport and infrastructure in Ivory Coast

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Ivory Coast with the average of all countries in Africa. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in particularly good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, Ivory Coast ranks 126th in the world with 0.02 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 660 kilometers long.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the 515 km of coastline. In 2021, about 1.02 million freight containers were transported.

Airports in Ivory Coast

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 81,996 km. For each of the country's 27.48 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 2.98 meters. This puts Ivory Coast in 145th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 85 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants in the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.

With an average of 5838 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Ivory Coast is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 23.5 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Ivory Coast, 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.


Ivory Coast

 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways82,000 km2,984.03 km254.28 m
Railroads700 km24.02 km2.05 m
Waterways980 km35.66 km3.04 m
Commercial harbors250.910.000


 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 harbors7,9495.700.000

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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