Transport and infrastructure in Yemen

Our listing of the primary types of transport compares the infrastructure of Yemen with the average of all countries in Asia. In many places, the traffic routes show considerable deficiencies and are often not in a particularly good condition.

Airports in Yemen

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 71,300 km. For each of the country's 32.98 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 2.16 meters. This puts Yemen in 168th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note that the country's population density is very low at around 62 inhabitants per km². In this case, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 7878 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Yemen is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to 26.6 accident fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.3 in the USA and 17.0 worldwide.

In Yemen, 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 January 1st, 1977. 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
Roadways71,300 km2,161.81 km135.05 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors341.030.000


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways16,613,000 km3,524.24 km519.50 m
Railroads280,000 km59.41 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km55.21 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors45,9989.760.001

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Yemen: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in YemenThe 8 biggest airports and 3 airlines in Yemen with further information and data with further information on airlines and destinations
Yemen: ClimateClimate details in YemenA climate analysis for Yemen incl. temperatures, humidity, hours of sunshine, water temperature, rainfalls
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