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
9Brazil29,849.9
10France29,640
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
24Czech Republic9,621.5
25Iran8,483.5
26Cuba8,367
27Indonesia8,159
28Hungary8,049
29Korea, North7,435
30Chile7,281.5
31Sudan7,251
32Finland5,923
33Austria5,800
34Switzerland5,651.5
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
49Serbia3,809
50Kenya3,806
51Nigeria3,798
52Slovakia3,626
53Belgium3,592
54Bolivia3,504
55Denmark3,476
56Zimbabwe3,427
57Ireland3,237
58Zambia3,126
59Portugal3,075.1
60Netherlands3,058
61Turkmenistan2,980
62Azerbaijan2,944.3
63Angola2,852
64Croatia2,722
65Namibia2,628
66Vietnam2,600
67Greece2,548
68Bangladesh2,460
69Iraq2,272
70Latvia2,239
71Tunisia2,173
72Estonia2,146
73Colombia2,141
74Morocco2,067
75Syria2,052
76Peru1,854.4
77Malaysia1,851
78Mongolia1,815
79Lithuania1,768
80Uruguay1,673
81Taiwan1,597
82Sri Lanka1,447
83Georgia1,363
84Israel1,250
85Uganda1,244
86Slovenia1,229
87Moldova1,171
88Guinea1,086
89Philippines995
90Cameroon987
91Ecuador965
92Bosnia and Herzegovina965
93Ghana947
94Senegal906
95Botswana888
96Madagascar836
97Guatemala800
98Armenia780
99Malawi767
100Mauritania728
101Macedonia699
102Honduras699
103Tajikistan680
104Albania677
105Cote d'Ivoire660
106Ethiopia659
107Gabon649
108Cambodia642
109Burkina Faso622
110Fiji597
111Mali593
112Togo568
113Congo, Republic of the510
114Jordan509
115Dominican Republic496
116Kyrgyzstan470
117Venezuela447
118Benin438
119Liberia429
120Lebanon401
121Kosovo333
122Eritrea306
123Swaziland301
124Costa Rica278
125Luxembourg275
126Montenegro250
127South Sudan248
128Djibouti97
129Panama77
130Isle of Man63
131Nepal53
132Saint Kitts and Nevis50
133Paraguay30
134Christmas Island18
135El Salvador12.5
136Liechtenstein9

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, 2018

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