Transport System in Ouagadougou

Transport System in Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou is the capital city of Burkina Faso with a population of over 1.626 million people and an area of over 219.3 km². The common means of public transport within the city are as follows:

Ouaga Taxi

The taxi transport system covers all parts of the city and its surbubs. Ouagadougou is serviced by two types of taxi: white and green. White taxis are rarer, more expensive, and exclusive.The green taxis pick up multiple passengers. In the green taxis the  passenger has to alert the conductor when he or she about to reach the place of destination so that the conductor can collect the fare and also alert the driver to find appropriate stopping place.


Mopeds (Motor Cycles) are common means of transport in Ouagadougou which can reach places which cannot be easily reached using the other means.


There are a number of people who use bicycles to move around the city.


There are plenty of bus operators serving Ouagadougou but there’s no central bus station, each operator has its own depot.


There are 622 kilometres of railway in Burkina Faso, of which 517 km run from Ouagadougou to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; and 105 km from Ouagadougou to Kaya. A rail link connects Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso with the port of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire: the line from Ouagadougou to the Nigerien capital Niamey stops at Kaya. A proposed rail link between Ouagadougou and Pô in Burkina Faso and Kumasi and Boankra in Ghana, has been discussed with Ghanaian officials, and feasibility studies are being undertaken to explore this possibility, which would provide rail access to the inland port of Bonakra.

Special Hire Taxis

These are privately owned vehicles that transport people to different areas around Ouagadougou and the suburbs. The Special Hire Taxis have no defined routes but move accordingly to the customer’s instructions.  


Ouaga is served by its main international airport Ouagadougou Airport which is situated within the city center.

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