The railway from Conakry to Kankan ceased operating in the mid-1980s. Domestic air services are intermittent. Most vehicles in Guinea are 20+ years old, and cabs are any four-door vehicle which the owner has designated as being for hire. Locals, nearly entirely without vehicles of their own, rely upon these taxis (which charge per seat) and small buses to take them around town and across the country. There is some river traffic on the Niger and Milo rivers. Horses and donkeys pull carts, primarily to transport construction materials.
Mining operations are expected to start at Simandou before the end of 2015. Rio Tinto Limited plans to build a 650 km railway to transport iron ore from the mine to the coast, near Matakong, for export. Much of the Simandou iron ore is expected to be shipped to China for steel production.
Conakry International Airport is the largest airport in the country, with flights to other cities in Africa as well as to Europe.
The major roads of Guinea are the following:
- N1 connects Conakry, Coyah, Kindia, Mamou, Dabola, Kouroussa, and Kankan.
- N2 connects Mamou, Faranah, Kissidougou, Guékédou, Macenta, Nzérékoré, and Lola.
- N4 connects Coyah, Forécariah, and, Farmoreya.
- N5 connects Mamou, Dalaba, Pita, and Labé.
- N6 connects Kissidougou, Kankan, and Siguiri.
- N20 connects Kamsar, Kolaboui, and Boké.