Transport and infrastructure in Rwanda

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Rwanda 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.

Airports in Rwanda

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 4,700 km. For each of the country's 13.46 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 0.35 meters. This puts Rwanda in 228th place in the global ranking. However, the country's population density must also be taken into account, which is relatively high at around 511 inhabitants per km². The higher the population density of a country, the shorter the average distance traveled.

With an average of 3699 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Rwanda is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 30.4 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Rwanda, 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
Roadways4,700 km349.13 km178.44 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways90 km6.69 km3.42 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)
Rwanda: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in RwandaThe 2 biggest airports and in Rwanda with further information and data (Kigali Int'l. and Kamembe)
Rwanda: ClimateClimate details in RwandaA climate analysis for Rwanda incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, rainfalls
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