Transport and infrastructure in South Sudan

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of South Sudan 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.

In terms of the length of its rail network, South Sudan ranks 128th in the world with 0.02 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 248 kilometers long.

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 90,200 km. For each of the country's 11.19 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 8.06 meters. This puts South Sudan in 66th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 17 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 3601 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in South Sudan is considered very dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 33.5 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.

In South Sudan, 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.


South Sudan

 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways90,200 km8,058.08 km139.99 m
Railroads200 km22.16 km0.38 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors00.000.000


 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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