Transport and infrastructure in Yemen

Our listing of the primary kinds 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 30.49 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 2.34 meters. This puts Yemen in 166th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 58 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 7210 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Yemen is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 26.2 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 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 km2,338.42 km135.05 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors341.120.000


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways14,699,500 km3,162.10 km459.66 m
Railroads280,000 km60.24 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km55.99 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors46,0549.910.001

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 Yemeni in Yemen with further information and data
Yemen: ClimateClimate details in YemenA climate analysis for Yemen incl. temperatures, humidity, hours of sunshine, Water temperature, Rainfalls
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