Country Comparison > Railways

RankCountryRailways (km)
1United States293,564.19
2China124,000
3Russia87,157
4Canada77,932
5India68,525
6Germany43,468.3
7Australia36,967.5
8Argentina36,917.4
9France29,640
10Brazil28,538
11Japan27,311
12Ukraine21,733
13South Africa20,986
14Italy20,181.7
15Poland19,231
16United Kingdom16,837
17Spain16,101.5
18Mexico15,389
19Kazakhstan14,184
20Sweden14,127
21Turkey12,008
22Pakistan11,881
23Romania11,268
24Iran8,483.5
25Cuba8,367
26Indonesia8,159
27Hungary8,049
28Korea, North7,435
29Chile7,281.5
30Sudan7,251
31Finland5,923
32Austria5,800
33Switzerland5,651.5
34Serbia5,540
35Belarus5,528
36Saudi Arabia5,410
37Bulgaria5,114
38Egypt5,085
39Burma5,031
40Mozambique4,787
41Tanzania4,567
42Uzbekistan4,304
43Norway4,250
44New Zealand4,128
45Thailand4,127
46Congo, Democratic Republic of the4,007
47Algeria3,973
48Korea, South3,874
49Kenya3,806
50Nigeria3,798
51Slovakia3,626
52Belgium3,592
53Bolivia3,504
54Denmark3,476
55Zimbabwe3,427
56Ireland3,237
57Zambia3,126
58Portugal3,075.1
59Netherlands3,058
60Turkmenistan2,980
61Azerbaijan2,944.3
62Angola2,852
63Croatia2,722
64Namibia2,628
65Vietnam2,600
66Greece2,548
67Bangladesh2,460
68Iraq2,272
69Latvia2,239
70Tunisia2,173
71Estonia2,146
72Colombia2,141
73Morocco2,067
74Syria2,052
75Peru1,854.4
76Malaysia1,849
77Mongolia1,815
78Lithuania1,768
79Uruguay1,673
80Taiwan1,597
81Sri Lanka1,447
82Georgia1,363
83Israel1,250
84Uganda1,244
85Slovenia1,229
86Moldova1,171
87Guinea1,086
88Philippines995
89Cameroon987
90Ecuador965
91Bosnia and Herzegovina965
92Ghana947
93Senegal906
94Botswana888
95Madagascar836
96Guatemala800
97Armenia780
98Malawi767
99Mauritania728
100Macedonia699
101Honduras699
102Tajikistan680
103Albania677
104Cote d'Ivoire660
105Ethiopia659
106Gabon649
107Cambodia642
108Burkina Faso622
109Fiji597
110Mali593
111Togo568
112Congo, Republic of the510
113Jordan509
114Dominican Republic496
115Kyrgyzstan470
116Venezuela447
117Benin438
118Liberia429
119Lebanon401
120Kosovo333
121Eritrea306
122Swaziland301
123Costa Rica278
124Luxembourg275
125Montenegro250
126South Sudan248
127Djibouti97
128Panama77
129Isle of Man63
130Nepal53
131Saint Kitts and Nevis50
132Paraguay30
133Christmas Island18
134El Salvador12.5
135Liechtenstein9

Definition: This entry states the total route length of the railway network and of its component parts by gauge, which is the measure of the distance between the inner sides of the load-bearing rails. The four typical types of gauges are: broad, standard, narrow, and dual. Other gauges are listed under note. Some 60% of the world's railways use the standard gauge of 1.4 m (4.7 ft). Gauges vary by country and sometimes within countries. The choice of gauge during initial construction was mainly in response to local conditions and the intent of the builder. Narrow-gauge railways were cheaper to build and could negotiate sharper curves, broad-gauge railways gave greater stability and permitted higher speeds. Standard-gauge railways were a compromise between narrow and broad gauges.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2017

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