Urban mobility: from Rapid Cars to BRT

Since the Senegal Transport Authority (RTS) before 1971, urban transport in Dakar has evolved considerably. The Société des Transport du Cap Vert de Dakar (SOTRAC) took over from 1971 to 1998, followed by Dakar Dem Dikk, operating since 1998. In 2021, the regional express train (TER) was put into service. But May 15, 2024 marks the launch of the BRT (bus rapid transit), thus revolutionizing urban mobility in the Senegalese capital.

Real enthusiasm for the Regional Express Train

The TER is on the right track, they say. The capital is now very well served by train, notably with the TER (Regional Express Train), which connects Diamniadio to Dakar in less than 45 minutes. https://www.au-senegal.com/le-chemin-de-fer,345.html

Every day, trains depart regularly from Diamniadio station and arrive at the central station, located a few minutes from the city center. https://www.au-senegal.com/la-gare-de-dakar-chef-d-oeuvre-de-l-architecture-au-senegal,15818.html. The TER is today a very popular and advantageous means of transport for getting around because it offers connections with other cities in the capital such as Pikine, Guédiawaye, Bargny and Rufisque. Travelers can easily get around while enjoying a comfortable and quick train journey.


“There is real enthusiasm for the TER,” says Jean Aimé Seck, a traveler who regularly takes the express train. We owe this success to the authorities who set up this infrastructure with particularly attractive prices. In addition, it’s fast, practical and economical. » he maintains.

Regional Express Train (TER)

The TER is also a very effective option to go beyond. It promotes accessibility to tourist areas thus shortening travel time. To get around and go within the country, it is possible to take the TER to Diamniado, then take other means of transport to reach the different tourist sites.

Find here all the information concerning the TER: Timetables, route, prices, website…

Making room for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

After the launch of the trials a few months ago, no one was hiding their impatience. All Dakar residents were waiting for this new dedicated bus network, which connects distant and very densely populated suburbs, from Dakar to the city center through (14) stations initially, then 23 eventually, between Guédiawaye and Petersen. The BRT is complementary to the TER and offers an optimal travel experience to citizens. From e-ticketing (digital payment solution) to real-time bus location, everything is there. The route is divided into three zones: Guédiawaye Zone, Grand Médine Zone, Petersen Zone. Fares vary between 400 for journeys within the same zone and 500 CFA Franc for journeys crossing one or two zone boundaries. Travel is free for accompanied children under 4 years old. Buses operate 7 days a week (public holidays and school holidays included) from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a frequency of every 6 minutes. This network is capable of processing up to 300,000 passengers per day and reduces the journey between downtown Dakar and the coastal town of Guédiawaye by 90 minutes.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

The BRT passes through the following areas: Papa Gueye Fall, Place de la Nation, Grand Dakar, Sacré Cœur, Liberté 6, Khar Yàlla, Cardinal Hyacinthe Thiandoum, Grand Médine, Crossing 22, Parcels, Ndingala, Dalal Jàmm, Golf Nord, Guédiawaye Prefecture .


Zone (within the same zone) 1 trip

2 trips

5 trips

10 trips

30 day monthly subscription

400 FCFA

800 FCFA

2000 FCFA

4000 FCFA

17,000 FCFA

All Zones 1 trip

2 trips

5 trips

10 trips

30 day monthly subscription

500 FCFA

1000 FCFA

2500 FCFA

5000 FCFA

22,000 FCFA

Cost of purchasing support Contactless ticket

Contactless card

500 FCFA

2000 FCFA

https://www.sunubrt.sn/ Map, route, Stations

An interconnection with Dakar Dem Dikk Buses

Dakar dem dikk

To simplify the movement of users, feeder lines have been deployed by the company Dakar Dem Dikk to ensure a connection with the BRT from the Petersen BRT station. DDD company buses, made up of more than 30 urban lines, operate from Monday to Saturday. More than 400 additional buses have been made available to the company to provide inter-urban transport in the capital. The Dakar Dem Dikk company also serves the interior of the country with air-conditioned, comfortable buses driven by professionals which leave Dakar every day to go to Tivaouane, Saint-Louis, Podor, Ourossogui, Matam, Fatick-Kaolack, Ziguinchor , Touba, Kédougou, etc.

Far from having finished with innovations! The DDD company is taking its first international steps by offering a safe, reliable and affordable service to people using the Banjul-Dakar-Banjul route. https://www.au-senegal.com/transport-reprise-de-la-ligne-dakar-banjul-dakar,16333.html

Dakar Dem Dikk also announces the upcoming arrival of “Afrique Dem Dikk” buses in the Ghanaian capital.

VTCs in the decor

The undeniable increase in VTC services such as Yango, Yassir, Kai nu dem and Heetch in Dakar is significant. https://www.au-senegal.com/les-vtc-debarquent-au-senegal,16439.html

They offer a flexible and practical alternative for passengers and guarantee comfortable and secure travel. Today, VTCs occupy a significant place in the transport solutions offered to users, which is why the Senegalese authorities have decided to regulate this mode of transport.



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