Getting around Republic of Congo


ECAir ( and Trans Air Congo ( operate flights between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.

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Road quality

Roads are mostly earth tracks, sandy in dry season and impassable in the wet, suitable for 4-wheel drive vehicles only. There are around 1,200km (750 miles) of paved roads. Poorly marked army checkpoints, often manned by undisciplined soldiers, exist throughout the country.

Car hire

Both local and international car hire companies are represented in Brazzaville.


An International Driving Permit is required.

Getting around towns and cities

Brazzaville has a minibus and taxi service. Taxis are also available in Pointe-Noire and Loubomo. Taxi fares have a flat rate and fares should be agreed beforehand.


'La Gazelle' train connects Brazzaville with Pointe-Noire on the Congo-Ocean Railway (journey time - 14 to 16 hours). Carriages are modern and comfortable.

By water

Inland steamers ply from Brazzaville up the Congo and Ubangi. Rivers are vital to internal transport.

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