Logo-Adulis Travel

The Eritrean Railway

The legacy of the Italians in Building one of the finest road and railway structures in Eritrea, East Africa is untold. Their feat of engineering in Railroad is demonstrated when they managed to build the railway from a Zero Sea level to an altitude of 2400 meters above. It is quite amazing. They also build, in the 1920s, the longest cable car in the world in its time, from Massawa stretching for about 70 kilometers all the way up to Asmara. Unfortunately, the cable rope has been dismantled in the 1960s by the Ethiopians.

Eritrea Tours and Vacation
The Eritrean Railway

The Eritrean Railway authority has rehabilitated the 100 year old Italian Steam locomotive trains which use coal and the old Littorina, diesel driven rail cars. It is such an exhilarating ride all the way from Asmara to Massawa.

The Eritrean Railway is the only railway system in Eritrea. It was constructed between 1887 and 1932 during the Italian Eritrea colony and connects the port of Massawa with Asmara.

How to book a ride for Eritrea Steam Train

As a chartered train, the Eritrean steam train does not follow a fixed scheduled. However, in order for the workers to know how to prepare the train, it should be requested a few days in advance. They provides round trip services from Asmara to Nefasit and Arberebu on Sundays (departure time 8:00 AM). Please contact our customer support for more information.