Getting Around Somalia
It's difficult to travel outside Mogadishu by car. Existing roads run from the capital to Burao and Baidoa. Previously sealed roads running between Kismayu and Mogadishu, and Hargeysa and Mogadishu are now in a state of disrepair. Passenger transport is restricted almost entirely to road haulage.
Side of the roadRight
Available in Mogadishu.
Available in large towns.
An International Driving Permit is required.
Minibuses and shared taxis run in Mogadishu, but availability may be restricted outside normal working hours (Sat-Thurs 0700-1400).
Modern Somalia is essentially a broad strip of coastal desert. Roads are poor and consequently coastal shipping is an important form of transport, both socially and economically. Piracy is a risk at sea.