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Country Details

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Railway System

National Railway Operator

Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC)

See Rail Transport in Ethopia



  • Metre and Standard

New lines are standard gauge replacing the older metre gauge.


  • 25 kV 50 Hz for the Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway
  • 750 V DC overhead for Addis Ababa LRT

Rule of the road

Left (Right on Addis Ababa LRT);



  • Online: unofficial timetable information is available at Fahrplancenter. Note that this may be substantially out of date.
  • Printed: summary timetables are available in some editions of the European Rail Timetable.

Information is available at the Man in Seat 61.

Trams/LRT Systems

Addis Ababa has a 2 line, 32 km, standard gauge Light Rail System run by the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC).

See UrbanRail for system diagram.

Recent and Future Changes

Recent Changes

The 760 km standard gauge Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway commenced operation in 2018.

Future Changes

Ethiopia aims to build a 5,000 km network of standard gauge railways.

See the Railways section in Transport in Ethiopia.

The 392 km standard gauge Awash-Weldiya Railway is under construction.

The 216 km standard gauge Weldiya-Mekelle Railway is under construction.

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

None known