on an urban highway in the capital Tripoli.
Total: 83,200 km
Paved: 47,590 km
Unpaved: 35,610 km (1996 est.)
There are about 83,200 km of roads in Libya, 47,590 km of which are surfaced. 983 out of 1000 Libyans
have cars, which is the highest rate in Africa. The best roads run along the coast between Tripoli
; also between Benghazi and Tobruk, connecting with Alexandria in Egypt. A fairly efficient bus service operates along these routes, with two main bus transport companies. One covers long-distance, international routes, while the other is chiefly engaged in shorter trips between towns. Bus fares are low and the standard of comfort, particularly on international routes is good, with air-conditioned vehicles and good service.
are available in the larger towns, and are usually hired on a shared basis, although individual hire can be negotiated. Driving skills of taxi drivers are extremely variable. Taxis may have meters, but these are rarely in use. Car hire for self-drive is not recommended in Libya, although it is possible to hire a vehicle from agents in larger hotels. Vehicles are often old and poorly maintained, however, and are unequal to long-distance driving. Driving itself can be hazardous and there is a high rate of road accidents.
Ports and harbours
(west to east)
17 ships (1000 GT or over) 96,062 GT/88,760 tonnes deadweight
By type: Cargo 9, Liquified Gas 3, Passenger/Cargo 2, Petroleum Tanker 1, Roll on/Roll off 2 Foreign-owned: 4 (Kuwait 1, Turkey 2, UAE 1) (2005)
Airports - with paved runways
over 3,047 m: 23
2,438 to 3,047 m: 6
1,524 to 2,437 m: 23
914 to 1,523 m: 5
under 914 m: 2 (2005)
Airports - with unpaved runways
over 3,047 m: 5
2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
1,524 to 2,437 m: 14
914 to 1,523 m: 41
under 914 m: 18 (2008)
- ^ "Earthworks 60% complete on first section of Libyan network". Railway Gazette International. 2001-01-01.
- ^ "Work starts on Libyan railway". Railway Gazette International. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
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