Rail lines (total route-km) - Country Ranking

Definition: Rail lines are the length of railway route available for train service, irrespective of the number of parallel tracks.

Source: World Bank, Transportation, Water, and Information and Communications Technologies Department, Transport Division.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 United States 228,218.00 2014
2 Russia 85,266.00 2014
3 China 66,989.00 2014
4 India 65,808.00 2014
5 Canada 52,131.00 2014
6 Germany 33,426.00 2014
7 France 30,013.00 2014
8 Brazil 29,817.00 2014
9 Mexico 26,704.00 2014
10 Argentina 25,023.00 2014
11 Ukraine 21,538.00 2014
12 South Africa 20,500.00 2014
13 Japan 19,470.00 2014
14 Poland 18,942.00 2014
15 Italy 17,037.00 2014
16 Spain 16,870.00 2014
17 United Kingdom 14,787.00 2014
18 Kazakhstan 14,329.00 2014
19 Romania 10,770.00 2014
20 Turkey 10,087.00 2014
21 Sweden 9,689.00 2014
22 Czech Republic 9,456.00 2014
23 Iran 8,560.00 2014
24 Hungary 7,892.00 2014
25 Pakistan 7,791.00 2014
26 Finland 5,944.00 2014
27 Chile 5,529.00 2014
28 Belarus 5,470.00 2014
29 Thailand 5,327.00 2014
30 Egypt 5,195.00 2014
31 Cuba 5,076.00 2009
32 Austria 5,058.00 2014
33 Indonesia 4,684.00 2014
34 Sudan 4,313.00 2014
35 Uzbekistan 4,192.00 2014
36 Algeria 4,175.00 2014
37 Norway 4,154.00 2014
38 Bulgaria 4,023.00 2014
39 New Zealand 3,913.00 1999
40 Tunisia 3,835.00 2014
41 Serbia 3,809.00 2014
42 Korea 3,648.00 2014
43 Dem. Rep. Congo 3,641.00 2014
44 Slovak Republic 3,630.00 2014
45 Switzerland 3,607.00 2014
46 Belgium 3,578.00 2014
47 Nigeria 3,528.00 2007
48 Myanmar 3,335.94 1991
49 Mozambique 3,116.00 2014
50 Turkmenistan 3,115.00 2014
51 Netherlands 3,016.00 2014
52 Uruguay 2,993.00 2008
53 Bolivia 2,866.00 2009
54 Bangladesh 2,835.00 2014
55 Croatia 2,604.00 2014
56 Tanzania 2,600.00 2006
57 Zimbabwe 2,583.00 2008
58 Portugal 2,544.00 2014
59 Namibia 2,382.00 1995
60 Vietnam 2,347.00 2014
61 Malaysia 2,250.00 2014
62 Greece 2,238.00 2014
63 Syrian Arab Republic 2,139.00 2014
64 Iraq 2,138.00 2014
65 Denmark 2,131.00 2014
66 Morocco 2,109.00 2014
67 Azerbaijan 2,068.00 2014
68 Peru 2,020.00 2014
69 Ireland 1,919.00 2014
70 Kenya 1,917.00 2006
71 Latvia 1,853.00 2014
72 Australia 1,829.00 2014
73 Mongolia 1,818.00 2014
74 Lithuania 1,767.00 2014
75 Colombia 1,672.00 2009
76 Georgia 1,578.00 2014
77 Sri Lanka 1,463.00 2008
78 Saudi Arabia 1,412.00 2014
79 Zambia 1,273.00 2004
80 Slovenia 1,208.00 2014
81 Israel 1,193.00 2014
82 Moldova 1,157.00 2014
83 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,026.00 2014
84 Cameroon 976.00 2014
85 Ghana 953.00 2008
86 Senegal 906.00 2000
87 Botswana 888.00 2013
88 Madagascar 854.00 2008
89 Armenia 826.00 2014
90 Gabon 810.00 2014
91 Malawi 797.00 2008
92 Congo 795.00 2008
93 Estonia 792.00 2014
94 Djibouti 781.00 2005
94 Ethiopia 781.00 1991
96 Benin 758.00 2008
97 Mali 733.00 2002
98 Mauritania 728.00 2014
99 Macedonia 699.00 2014
100 Cambodia 650.00 2005
101 Côte d'Ivoire 639.00 2014
102 Burkina Faso 622.00 2014
103 Tajikistan 621.00 2014
104 Jordan 509.00 2014
105 Philippines 479.00 2008
106 Costa Rica 424.00 1996
107 Albania 423.00 2013
108 Kyrgyz Republic 417.00 2014
109 Venezuela 336.00 2008
110 Swaziland 300.00 2014
111 Luxembourg 275.00 2014
112 Uganda 259.00 2004

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Development Relevance: Transport infrastructure - highways, railways, ports and waterways, and airports and air traffic control systems - and the services that flow from it are crucial to the activities of households, producers, and governments. Because performance indicators vary widely by transport mode and focus (whether physical infrastructure or the services flowing from that infrastructure), highly specialized and carefully specified indicators are required to measure a country's transport infrastructure. The railway transport industry a vital engine of global socio-economic growth. It is of vital importance for economic development, creating direct and indirect employment, supporting tourism and local businesses. Economic growth, technological change, and market liberalization affect road transport throughout the world. Railways have helped in the industrialization process of a country by easy transportation of coal and raw-materials at a cheaper rate. As railways require huge capital outlay, they may give rise to monopolies and work against public interest at large. Even if controlled and managed by the government, lack of competition sometimes results in inefficiency and high costs. Also, many times it is not economical to operate railways in sparsely settled rural areas. Thus, in many developing countries large rural areas have no railway even today. Rail transport is a major form of passenger and freight transport in many countries. It is ubiquitous in Europe, with an integrated network covering virtually the whole continent. In India, China, South Korea and Japan, many millions use trains as regular transport. In the North America, freight rail transport is widespread and heavily used in for transporting gods. The western Europe region has the highest railway density in the world and has many individual trains which operate through several countries despite technical and organizational differences in each national network. Australia has a generally sparse network, mostly along its densely populated urban centers.

Limitations and Exceptions: Unlike the road sector, where numerous qualified motor vehicle operators can operate anywhere on the road network, railways are a restricted transport system with vehicles confined to a fixed guideway. Considering the cost and service characteristics, railways generally are best suited to carry - and can effectively compete for - bulk commodities and containerized freight for distances of 500-5,000 kilometers, and passengers for distances of 50-1,000 kilometers. Below these limits road transport tends to be more competitive, while above these limits air transport for passengers and freight and sea transport for freight tend to be more competitive. Data for transport sectors are not always internationally comparable. Unlike for demographic statistics, national income accounts, and international trade data, the collection of infrastructure data has not been "internationalized."

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Rail lines are the length of railway route available for train service, irrespective of the number of parallel tracks. It includes railway routes that are open for public passenger and freight servies and excludes dedicated private resource railways.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual