Sudan Transportation

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Sudan Transportation

  • All on board

    Travel in Sudan is never cheap, or convenient. The railway used to be the main link, but nowadays is mainly used for transporting goods.Travel to Port Sudan from Khartoum takes about an hour by air but nearer 12 hours by train and slightly less by road.Travel to the north is still possible by rail though there are a few airports and a road has been...

  • Khartoum International

    I arrived around midnight on an Air Arbia flight from Sharjah. Customs was easy..they bus you from the plane to the arrivals hall. Considering the plane was a small A320 they had several immigration lines open so I got through in 20 min or so....much faster than Dubai or Lima for example.Keep in mind you will need to pay a departure tax prior to...

  • On camel's back

    In the western province of Kordofan in the villages, the only way to move around easily apart from walking is on donkey or camel back.These were the normal means of transport in many parts of the Sudan especially in rural areas. The nomadic tribes would pile all their possessions on the camels and move in search of grazing with their herds of...


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  • Busses

    The bus is the cheapest way for traveling.Some overland busses are comfotable.But don't expect to much.Most are packed and very hot.Journeys take long time ..

  • Rigshas

    The moped rigshas are good way for traveling around in the rural townsand in Omdurman.You should expect to pay about 500 Dinar.

  • Taxi

    The taxis are old.Most of them do their job well.It is advisable to negatiate the price in advance.

  • No Frequent Flyer Club Needed

    Sudan Airways, as I havew alareday noted, scares me. The airline has had the following three fatal crashes of which we know:1) December 6, 1971 - Fokker F27 ST-AAY - Tikaka - forced landing after hijack - 10 deaths2) August 16, 1986 - Fokker F27 ST-ADY - Malakal - shot down by SPLA rebels - 60 deaths3) July 8, 2003 - Boeing 737-200 ST-AFK - Port...

  • Road Tranport Within the COuntry

    Sudan's major highway is the sealed road linking Khartoum with Port Sudan via Gedaref and Kassala. The routes from Khartoum to Atbara, Ed-Debbah and El-Obeid are also mostly sealed. Luxury buses run between Khartoum, Kassala and Port Sudan, and less comfortable buses run on the other sealed roads. In the rest of the country, 'roads' are mostly...

  • Internal Flights

    Sudan Airways flies to all of Sudan's major cities (Ed-Debba, Dongola, El-Fasher, Al-Geneina, Juba, Khartoum, Malakal, Merowe, Nyala, El-Obeid, Port Sudan, Wadi Halfa and Wau) but be prepared for last-minute schedule changes and overbooked flights! So, not only are the planes frightening, but you also face the stress of being stuck in an equally...

  • Overland

    Sudan shares borders with many countries, but not all are open. Overland travel to the Central African Republic, Congo (Zaïre), Uganda and Kenya is very dangerous as it involves passing through the war zones of southern Sudan. The frontier with Eritrea is closed to travellers.The roads between Sudan and Egypt seem to be open, but there is no bus or...

  • Sudan Airways

    The national airline was (and probably still is) a frightening and uncomfortable experience. No service, no rules, taking off with people standing and in the bathroom, crowds in the aisles throughout the flight, cooking in the back -- you name it and the FAA will have banned it.Although guaranteed to add a few 'good' stories to your vacation...

  • A Railway Network Does Exist!

    I haven't had the opportunity to travel in Sudan by train yet, but this is the up-to-date information I've got about the railway network: From Khartoum to Wadi Halfa The train to Wadi Halfa departs from Khartoum Baharri every Monday at 10.30AM. It travels at approxomately 45 km/h and stops at Shendi for two hours and Atbara for 3 hours. The whole...

  • Departure Tax

    Leaving the country by the Khartoum International Airport means you have to pay 20 US $ departure tax. First pay the fee and then queue up to check in!

  • Transportation in Gedaref

    The main bus terminal is a few kilometres west of the city. You need to take a boksi or a taxi (400SDD) to get there. The pick up point for the trip to the Ethiopian border at Metemma is the Souq al Koda about 40 min east of town. Pick ups leave early (7.00 am) when full and will arrive at midday. The fare is about 500 –1000 SDD depending on your...

  • Transport in Wadi Halfa

    Wadi Halfa is about 5 km away from the jetty where the ferry is landing. Transport is waiting outside the customs hall and cost about 300 SDD per person.Wadi Halfa can be reached by train or road transport. The train from Khartoum / Atbara is supposed to join with the ferry. It leaves back south during the next morning. By tickets the day...

  • Transportation in Khartoum

    There are different bus station in Khartoum. The chaotic Souq al Shabi south of the city serves destination to the east, north and south. Busses leave early when full. A taxi from the city will cost about 700 – 1000 SDD. Be prepared that immediately after your arrival touts will try to push you onto the bus they get commission for. Take your time...

  • Taxis

    Taxis can be found in larger cities and generally they are inexpensive. Negotiate the price before leaving!

  • The ferry on Lake Nasser

    Ferry – there is a ferry connection from Wadi Halfa to Aswan in Egypt once a week. The vessel has two classes: Economy and cabin class. Meals are included. The trip takes about 20 hours and offers a nice view at Abu Simbel (depending on delays).

  • Trains

    Trains – the only still operating railway lines are north of Khartoum between Wadi Halfa – Atbara – Khartoum and Atbara – Port Sudan. Three classes are available as well as sleepers. Trains are slow, about 30 km/hrs in average and delays are not uncommon. (The boat at Wadi Halfa will wait for the train). Its free of charge to travel on the roof of...

  • Hitchhiking

    Hitch hiking – A boksi, a truck, private cars or busses - in remote areas every vehicle will stop to pick you up. Indicate that a lift is needed and the driver will stop. Expect to pay for the lift as everybody else is doing it. Lifts are not for free.On major roads the situation can be different. Trucks and busses may not stop because of the road...

  • Busses

    Busses – Busses go everywhere! There are different type of busses with AC or without, with stops only at major destinations or everywhere. Compare the prices! In the case of a bus being over crowed (what is normal in the remote areas) women will find a seat inside and the men on top of the bus. Busses between major destination will not stop to pick...

  • Boksi

    A Boksi (plural Bokasi) is a Toyota pick up. Often they are the only transport to reach remote areas. They are never ever full! Its amazing how many people, animals, goods or whatever can be put in, on or attachted to such a car. Its also unbelievable where these vehicles manage to got to. Without differentials or 4x4 and they will mangage to reach...

  • Donkey

    Many local people use the donkey cart as a means to transport themselves and / or goods from one place to another. We especially saw this a lot on the outskirts of Khartoum.

  • Camel riding

    One of the most exciting ways of travelling around Sudan, is on camel back. Camel riding trips can be anything from a few minutes to several days. By travelling in this way, you get an insight into what life is like for the nomads that live in these deserts, whose way of life has not changed for centuries. Camel riding is surprisingly comfortable,...

  • Tourist bus

    Being a group of eleven with a guide, we had a small tourist bus to ourselves, which meant that we could go to any of the attractions in any order without having to rely on public transport. The bus was not airconditioned, but the windows opened to let some air in, although that did also let the dust in.

  • 4WD

    If yuo would like to see some of Sudan's sights outside Khartoum, a four wheel drive is a good idea. George at the Acropole Hotel organised a car and a driver for us to go to Meroe for the day. The cost was $240.00. Included in that price was the entrance fees, an airconditioned car, English-speaking driver, a picnic lunch and bottled water.

  • Arriving by land

    Sudan has borders with many countries, but most of them are closed. The main border crossing used by tourists is the ferry between Wadi Halfa and Aswan. This is an epic journey, which sounds like an adventure but borders on the mundane, especially if you end up with no seat on the train and have to hang around in Wadi Halfa for days. See my Wadi...

  • Happy Truckin'

    The ultimate budget travel in Sudan is on the roof of a truck. There are trucks transporting goods right across the country and most drivers supplement their income by picking up passengers. It's not comfortable but it does give great views, a real sense of adventure and with the right fellow passengers can be quite a laugh.They can be unbelievably...

  • The good, the bad.. and the ugly!

    Bussing around Sudan can be quite a pleasant surprise. Between the big cities (Khartoum, Port Sudan, Kassala, El Obeid, Medani etc) the roads are fairly good (particularly the northern ones built by Osama bin Laden) and you can get luxury buses - similar to National Express in the UK. You get a meal (admittedly not very good), drinks, a TV...

  • Nile ferries

    To travel round Northern Sudan requires crossing the rivers, both the Nile and the Atbara. North of Khartoum there are no bridges so crossing relies on ferries at various stations dotted along the banks.The ferries are fantastic experiences - they certainly wouldn't pass safety standards back home but they can be a lot of fun. Often packed to the...

  • Insha'allah Airlines!

    The national airline is Sudan Airways, also known as Insha'allah Airlines! 'God willing' it leaves on time and arrives in one piece! Last year's terrible crash aside, it's not as bad as you'd expect and as safe as most. But there are plenty of comfier options that I'd use first.Sudan Air is also famous for waking you up to have breakfast at 4am,...

  • How do you get in?!

    One of the most common questions about Sudan is just how to get in, and out. Obviously the easiest way is to fly - Khartoum is the country's only international airport and numerous airlines use it, including the national irline Sudan Airways.More interesting is to come by land. Nine countries border Sudan but most borders are closed. Kenya, Congo,...

  • Arriving by air

    You'll probably arrive in Khartoum Airport, and there are a number of airlines flying from there...most of the Middle Eastern carriers, Ethiopian Airlines, and a few European ones, as well as the national carrier Sudan Airways. I arrived from London with Sudan Airways, which was an experience...the service is maybe not quite as polished as other...

  • As in most African countries...

    As in most African countries taxi drivers are very careful about their century-old toyotas and use them till the car brakes into pieces. It would be a good experience to have couple rides. I just didn't dare to ride a three-wheel vehicle. :)

  • I went to Sudan by Air France...

    I went to Sudan by Air France flight from Paris to Khartoum.In Sudan I took the bus from Khartoum to Port Sudan.It was a strange experience.... The bus was OK but the front lights was broken. After a few hours driving it became dark and the bus had to stop and wait for the sun to rise the next the morning so it could continue ! The bus was...


Sudan Hotels

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  • Al Salam Rotana Hotel

    Africa Road, P.O. Box 12290, Khartoum, Sudan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Mercure Port Sudan

    This is an excellent hotel with clean and comfortable rooms, everything that you would want. The...

  • Burj Al-Fateh Hotel

    The Corinthia Hotel is a landmark along the Nile in the in the heart of Khartoum’s commercial...

  • Baasher Hotel

    Port Sudan, 79800, Sudan

    Good for: Solo

  • 5M Hotel

    I just spent 14 days in 5M-hotel and if you leave a hotel after two weeks with a smile on your face,...

  • Samarmaz Hotel

    Cornich St, Port Sudan, 79800, Sudan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

  • Grand Holiday Villa Khartoum

    In khartoum we stayed In the Grand Holiday Villa Hotel for two nights before we started our trip to...

  • Sudan Red Sea Resort

    First of all please excuse some of my pics..not the best. The day I arrived it rained earlier in the...

  • Taka Hotel

    Abdel Monim Street, South of Gandoul Circus, Khartoum, 79800, Sudan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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