Port Sudan Travel Guide

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Port Sudan still is the seaport that takes care of most of Sudan's foreign trade. The British founded the seaport in 1906 and although it has lost most of its spirit due to the war, it is still possible to catch a glimpse of the glorious past. In the old days, Port Sudan was also a popular port for passenger traffic. Nowadays, one can only spot sailers from various countries setting off with ships filled with cotton and gum arabic. Port Sudan is a good base from which to embark on a diving trip.

The harbour is in the mouth of a gulf continuing seaward through a coral-free channel 60–85 feet (18–26 m) deep. Imports include machinery, vehicles, fuel oil, and building materials. Cotton, gum arabic, oilseeds, hides and skins, and senna are the chief exports. An oil pipeline about 528 miles (850 km) in length, between the port and Khartoum city, was completed in 1977. Port Sudan has a near-desert climate, necessitating the acquisition of fresh water from Wadi Arba'at in the Red Sea Hills and from salt-evaporating pans. The population, mainly Arab or Nubian Sudanese, includes the indigenous Beja, West Africans, and small minorities of Asians and Europeans.


This Port Sudan travel guide is intended to give you some information to help you plan your holiday here. Port Sudan is the capital and main city port of the Red Sea State in Sudan.

Getting in and around

Port Sudan is accessible by air and is served by the Port Sudan New International Airport, which is situated close to the city center. Port Sudan is also accessible by sea; if you are from Jeddah you can enter Port Sudan by taking a ferry.

The major public forms of transportation in the city of Port Sudan are buses or privately owned vehicles. Port Sudan is accessible through the major motorways of the Red Sea State connecting it to other places like Halaib, Atbara, Kassala, Gedaref, Wad Medani and Khartoum.


There are limited choices of places to stay in Port Sudan. However, available establishments offer comfortable and deluxe accommodations. Hotels you might want to check are Coral Hotel, Mercure Port Sudan, Baasher Hotel and Samarmaz Hotel. These hotels offer great facilities, well appointed guestrooms and special Sudanese hospitality. If you want an extraordinary experience, you might be interested in staying at the Sudan Red Sea Resort. This is the first and only eco-camp resort in Sudan and is located in the northern part of Port Sudan.


Being part of a desert-like state, it is like a miracle to find great diving spots and marvelous beaches in Port Sudan. You will definitely enjoy the sunny beaches where you can swim, lay in the sun and even explore the underwater jewels of Port Sudan. The city also has several religious and historical architectures worth.

Festival (Mawlid an-Nabi)

Port Sudan celebrates Mawlid an-Nabi. This festival is a tribute to the birthday of Mohammed the Prophet. This is a ten day celebration that takes place within the city’s main square. You will find several stalls selling special halawiyat (sweets) and thousands of Sudanese people enjoying the occasion. However, being a Muslim country, women are not allowed to join the main event of the festival.

Important Information

If you plan to visit Port Sudan you must acquire a valid visa and passport. Currency used in Port Sudan is confusing and inconsistent so it is better to bring your own currency or go to the ATM withdraw money. Port Sudan is a Muslim city, so it is better to read and learn something about the Sudanese culture, traditions and customs before planning a trip to Port Sudan.


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