transport infrastructure

Transport in Angola consists of:

• Three separate railway systems totalling 2,761 km (1,715 mi)

• 76,626 km (47,613 mi) of highway of which 19,156 km (11,903 mi) is paved

• 1,295 navigable inland waterways

• Eight major sea ports

• 243 airports, of which 32 are paved and 13 have scheduled services to Luanda International Airport.

Travel on highways outside of towns and cities in Angola (and in some cases within) is often not best advised for those without four-by-four vehicles. While a reasonable road infrastructure has existed within Angola, time and the war have taken their toll on the road surfaces, leaving many severely potholed, littered with broken asphalt. In many areas drivers have established alternate tracks to avoid the worst parts of the surface, although careful attention must be paid to the presence or absence of landmine warning markers by the side of the road.

The Angolan government has contracted the restoration of many of the country’s roads. The road between Lubango and Namibe, for example, was completed recently with funding from the European Union, and is comparable to many European main routes. The highway between Luanda and Melange is subject to heavy congestion but is beil significantly widened as part of the construction of the new Angola International Airport project. Progress to complete the road infrastructure is likely to take some decades, but substantial efforts are already being made in the right directions.Most intercity journeys are undertaken by air on both scheduled and charter airlines.

Domestic Flight Routes Map from

Luanda International Airport

Domestic flight routes map of Angola

Railways Map of Angola

Railway network map of Angola

angola railway network

CFL - Luanda Railway. Luanda to Malanje, 424 km, with a 55 km branch from Zenza to Dondo (no website at present).

CFB - Benguela Railway. Lobito to the border od DR Congo and 1,344 km in length. Reconstructed in 2014 (no website at present).

CFM - Mocamedes Raleway. Commuter services out of Namibe and freight over longer distances. The main line runs from Namibe to Menongue, a distance of 756 km. Branches to Chiange and Chamutete, a further 150 km, are being renovated at present (no website at present).

12 plans are in progress to improve the rail network throughout the contry and beyond, including a coastal line link to the 3 existing railways. Also, extensions to the the Namibian and Zambian rail networks are planned.