Djibouti in detail

Getting Around


There are no domestic services in Djibouti.


Unless you’re an experienced cyclist and equipped for extreme conditions, abandon any ideas you may have about a Djiboutian bicycle adventure – Djibouti's climate, terrain and rough roads are not suited to cycling.


A reliable passenger boat operates twice weekly between Djibouti City and Tadjoura and between Djibouti City and Obock, north of the Gulf of Tadjoura.


Public transport is available between Djibouti City and major towns, including Dikhil, Tadjoura, Obock and Galafi. It’s a cheap way to get around but services are infrequent in remote areas.

Car & Motorcycle

The Route de l’Unité, a good sealed road, covers the 240km from the capital around the Gulf de Tadjoura, as far as Obock.

Off-road excursions into the interior are usually off limits to anything other than a 4WD.

Most rental agencies make hiring a driver compulsory with their vehicles.

There are several car-hire agencies in Djibouti City, but the prices really don’t vary much. For a 4WD with driver expect to pay around DFr25,000 a day. Fuel is generally extra, although not always.


However with trucks and private 4WD vehicles providing the only transport along many roads in Djibouti, hitching is a tempting option for travellers on a restricted budget. Hundreds of trucks make the long, hot journey from Djibouti to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia each day. If you're determined to hitch, you could try hanging around outside Djibouti's port in the early morning, or at one of the main petrol stations in or just out of town. Remember that hitching is always a risky option and best avoided by women.


Launched in 2017, the train linking Djibouti City to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia does not make stops in Djibouti.