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 85,375.00 2016
3 China 67,092.00 2016
4 India 66,030.00 2015
5 Canada 52,131.00 2014
6 Germany 33,380.00 2016
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 21,603.00 2016
12 South Africa 20,500.00 2014
13 Poland 18,429.00 2016
14 Italy 16,788.30 2016
15 United Kingdom 16,241.10 2015
16 Spain 15,650.00 2016
17 Kazakhstan 15,529.80 2016
18 Japan 15,108.40 2016
19 Romania 10,766.00 2016
20 Turkey 10,131.00 2016
21 Sweden 9,684.00 2016
22 Australia 9,674.00 2009
23 Czech Republic 9,462.69 2016
24 Pakistan 9,255.00 2015
25 Iran 8,576.00 2016
26 Hungary 7,748.70 2016
27 Finland 5,926.00 2016
28 Chile 5,529.00 2014
29 Belarus 5,459.00 2016
30 Thailand 5,327.00 2014
31 Egypt 5,153.00 2016
32 Cuba 5,076.00 2009
33 Austria 4,917.00 2016
34 Indonesia 4,684.00 2014
35 Tanzania 4,582.00 2004
36 Sudan 4,313.00 2014
37 Uzbekistan 4,304.00 2016
38 Norway 4,209.00 2016
39 Korea 4,071.00 2016
40 Bulgaria 4,029.00 2016
41 Switzerland 3,976.32 2015
42 New Zealand 3,913.00 1999
43 Serbia 3,809.00 2015
44 Algeria 3,799.94 2015
45 Dem. Rep. Congo 3,641.00 2016
46 Slovak Republic 3,626.30 2016
47 Belgium 3,602.00 2016
48 Nigeria 3,528.00 2007
49 Myanmar 3,335.94 1991
50 Mozambique 3,116.00 2014
51 Turkmenistan 3,115.00 2016
52 Netherlands 3,016.00 2014
53 Uruguay 2,993.00 2008
54 Bolivia 2,866.00 2009
55 Bangladesh 2,835.00 2014
56 Croatia 2,605.00 2016
57 Zimbabwe 2,583.00 2008
58 Portugal 2,545.96 2016
59 Namibia 2,382.00 1995
60 Vietnam 2,347.00 2016
61 Malaysia 2,250.00 2014
62 Tunisia 2,244.00 2016
63 Greece 2,240.00 2016
64 Syrian Arab Republic 2,139.00 2014
65 Iraq 2,138.00 2014
66 Denmark 2,131.00 2014
67 Ireland 2,124.00 2016
68 Morocco 2,109.00 2016
69 Azerbaijan 2,074.00 2016
70 Peru 2,020.00 2014
71 Kenya 1,917.00 2006
72 Lithuania 1,911.00 2016
73 Latvia 1,859.60 2016
74 Mongolia 1,810.00 2016
75 Colombia 1,672.00 2009
76 Sri Lanka 1,463.00 2008
77 Georgia 1,415.00 2016
78 Saudi Arabia 1,412.00 2014
79 Israel 1,340.11 2016
80 Zambia 1,273.00 2004
81 Estonia 1,229.00 2016
82 Slovenia 1,209.04 2016
83 Moldova 1,151.00 2016
84 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,018.05 2016
85 Cameroon 976.00 2014
86 Ghana 953.00 2008
87 Senegal 906.00 2000
88 Botswana 888.00 2013
89 Madagascar 854.00 2008
90 Gabon 810.00 2016
91 Malawi 797.00 2008
92 Congo 795.00 2008
93 Ethiopia 781.00 1991
93 Djibouti 781.00 2005
95 Benin 758.00 2008
96 Mali 733.00 2002
97 Mauritania 728.00 2014
98 Macedonia 683.00 2016
99 Armenia 679.36 2016
100 Cambodia 650.00 2005
101 Côte d'Ivoire 639.00 2015
102 Burkina Faso 622.00 2014
103 Tajikistan 597.00 2016
104 Jordan 509.00 2014
105 Philippines 479.00 2008
106 Costa Rica 424.00 1996
106 Kyrgyz Republic 424.00 2016
108 Albania 423.00 2013
109 Venezuela 336.00 2008
110 Swaziland 300.00 2014
111 Luxembourg 275.00 2016
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

General Comments: Aggregates are based on gap-filled data.