SNCFT - Société
Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens
Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):
- 471km standard gauge, not electrified
- 8km dual gauge (1000/1435mm), not electrified
- 1688km narrow gauge(1000mm), 65km electrified at 25kV 50Hz
Tunesia has a fairly small network of standard gauge lines to the North
and West of Tunis, including a link to Algeria. There are passenger
services from Tunis to Bizerte and from Tunis to Ghardimaou (on the
The narrow gauge network extends from Tunis to the South and Southeast,
along the coast and inland. Passenger services run from Tunis to
Hammamet-Nabeul, Sousse, El Jem-Sfax-Gabes, El Jem-Sfax-Gafsa-Tozeur
and Kalaa Khasba. Commuter services are provided on Tunis-Borj Cedria
and Sousse-Monastir-Mahdia (electrified, Métro léger du Sahel).
For freight trains especially the line Metlaoui-Gabes-Sfax is of major
importance. Over this line phosphate ore is transported from the
mountains around Metlaoui to the port of Sfax.
In 2007 SNCFT transported 38.8 million passengers and 11.1 million
tonnes of freight. Data based on "Maghreb Rail" by Marcel Vleugels.
CPG - Compagnie des Phosphates de Gafsa
Network length, gauge and electrification (2000):
- narrow gauge(1000mm), not electrified
This company runs phosphate ore trains around Metlaoui and Gafsa.
However the long-distance trains are now operated by SNCFT. They used
to own the (now SNCFT) line Metlaoui-Gafsa-Sfax.
Data based on "Maghreb Rail" by Marcel Vleugels.
TRANSTU - Société des transports de Tunis
Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):
- 18km standard gauge, electrified at 750V= (TGM)
- 45km standard gauge, electrified at 750V= (SMLT)
TRANSTU operates light rail trains on Tunis-La Marsa (TGM line), plus
the city tram
in Tunis (former SMLT). These two operations merged in 2003.
Data based on "Maghreb Rail" by Marcel Vleugels, with many changes and
Last update: 24-02-2012