Transport and infrastructure in Togo

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Togo 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, Togo ranks 95th in the world with 0.07 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 568 kilometers long.

The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 56 km of coastline. In 2020, about 1.73 million freight containers were transported.

Airports in Togo

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 11,734 km. For each of the country's 8.48 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.38 meters. This puts Togo in 190th place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 149 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 2263 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Togo is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 29.7 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.

In Togo, 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. This regulation was enforced on April 4th, 1974. Regionally, this also applied before, now it exists for all parts of the country. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways11,700 km1,384.01 km206.62 m
Railroads600 km67.00 km10.00 m
Waterways50 km5.90 km0.88 m
Commercial harbors41148.480.007


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways3,002,100 km2,186.19 km99.00 m
Railroads88,600 km64.51 km2.92 m
Waterways50,100 km36.46 km1.65 m
Commercial harbors7,8295.700.000

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Togo: AirportsThe 1 airports in TogoLomé-Tokoin Airport - the only public airport in Togo with further information on airlines and destinations
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