Exit Suez Canal at Port Said
Enter Welland Canal at Port Colborne
Exit Welland Canal at Port Colborne
Transit the Suez Canal
Connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas, the Suez Canal flows 193 kilometers (120 miles) through the Isthmus of Suez and across the Bitter Lakes. Built under the guidance of French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps, the canal took 10 years to construct and opened in 1869. It's noteworthy for its narrow width—large ships need to travel single file—and the fact that it has no locks so water flows from one sea to the other. When the Suez Canal opened, it eliminated the need for ships to sail around Africa to reach South Asia: It reduced the journey by 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles).