Transport in South Sudan

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Railways in South Sudan.

total: 248 km (154 mi)
narrow gauge: 248 km (154 mi) 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge.

South Sudan has a total of 248 kilometers (154 mi) of narrow-gauge, single-track railroad line in the country. The only line in the country is partially used and it connects to Babonosa (north Sudan) with Wau. Most of the line was mined and badly destroyed during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Around January 27 2008; the line was fully rehabilitated with United Nations funds.[1]

Railway links with adjacent countries


Under Sudanese rule a number of main gravel roads radiating from Juba were improved. These included roads to the towns southwest of Juba and a road to the Ugandan border. In addition, the government built a gravel all-weather road east of Juba that reaches the Kenyan border. There it joined an all-weather Kenyan road to Lodwar connecting it to the Kenyan road system. However, all of these improvements radiating from Juba have been vitiated by the civil war, as the roads have been extensively mined by the SPLA and the bridges destroyed. Because roads have not been maintained, they have seriously deteriorated.

Highways in South Sudan are almost entirely unpaved. Rehabilitation work is underway and the first paved highway between the country's capital Juba and Nimule in the Uganda border has opened. [2]


The total road network in 2017, according to the UNJLC, consisted of:

Total: 000 km Paved: 000 km Unpaved: 000 km (2017)


See also: Roads in South Sudan

Regional highways


Primary Highways of South Sudan
Title Start point Intermediate points End point Road type
A43 Nymlal Wau A44, B38, B41
Mundri West A44
(border with Uganda)


Primary Highways of South Sudan
Title Start point Intermediate points End point Road type
A44 Wau A44, B38, B41 - Mundri West A43 Gravel


The Nile river is navigable only on some stretches.


A single pipeline leads from South Sudan's oil fields to (north) Sudan's only seaport, Port Sudan.


The busiest and most developed airport in South Sudan is Juba International Airport, which has regular international connections to Entebbe, Nairobi, Cairo, Addis Ababa, and Khartoum. Juba Airport is also the home base of Feeder Airlines Company. Other international airports include Malakal, with international flights to Addis Ababa and Khartoum; Wau, with weekly service to Khartoum; and Rumbek, also with weekly flights to Khartoum.

Southern Sudan Airlines also serves Nimule and Akobo, the airstrips of which are unpaved. There are several smaller airports throughout South Sudan, the majority of which consist of little more than dirt airstrips.

Airports - with paved runways

over 3,047 m: 0
1,524 to 2,437 m: 0
914 to 1,523 m: 0 (2017 est.)

Airports - with unpaved runways

total: 0
1,524 to 2,437 m: 0
914 to 1,523 m: 0
under 914 m: 0 (2017 est.)

See also


  1. ^ United Nations Mission in Sudan, 27 January 2008
  2. ^
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