Transport and infrastructure in Kenya

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

In terms of the length of its rail network, Kenya ranks 92nd in the world with 0.07 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 3,819 kilometers long.

Airports in Kenya

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 177,800 km. For each of the country's 53.77 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 3.31 meters. This puts Kenya in 141st place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 93 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on 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 13385 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Kenya is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 27.3 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.

In Kenya, 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
Roadways177,800 km3,306.60 km306.36 m
Railroads3,800 km71.02 km6.58 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors260.480.000


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways3,002,100 km2,239.70 km99.00 m
Railroads88,600 km66.09 km2.92 m
Waterways50,100 km37.35 km1.65 m
Commercial harbors7,8295.840.000

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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