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Railway System

There is a single railway line, the through route to Dakar in Senegal.

Chemin de Fer Dakar-Niger

This line was built in the colonial era railway, providing a link between the Atlantic coast and the upper Niger river. The line was taken over by a French-Canadian consortium, Transrail, in 2003, but ceased operating in 2009 or 2010. A new operator, Dakar-Bamako-Ferroviaire (DBF), appears to have restarted operations in 2016, but as of January 2023 appears to be providing passenger service only in Mali.


  • Gauge: metre
  • Electrification: none
  • Rule of the road: not known; probably single-track throughout


See Wikipedia: Dakar-Niger Railway


There is no known website for DBF.

Unofficial timetable information is available at Fahrplancenter. Note that this may be out of date.

Some information, relating mainly to the former Dakar - Bamako through train, is at the Man in Seat 61.

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

None known