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Railways (km)

See how world countries compare to each other in terms of Railways. Follow the color coded map to visually see how Railways is distributed between world countries. The darker the color, the higher the value. You can filter which regions to display in the table. When filters are used the two ranks are displayed: the one within the current filter set and the global rank.

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.

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# Country Value Last update
1 / 1 Flag of United States United States 224,792.00 2007
2 / 2 Flag of Russia Russia 87,157.00 2006
3 / 3 Flag of China China 86,000.00 2008
4 / 4 Flag of India India 63,974.00 2009
5 / 5 Flag of Canada Canada 46,552.00 2008
6 / 6 Flag of Germany Germany 41,981.00 2008
7 / 7 Flag of Australia Australia 38,445.00 2008
8 / 8 Flag of Argentina Argentina 36,966.00 2008
9 / 9 Flag of France France 29,640.00 2008
10 / 10 Flag of Brazil Brazil 28,538.00 2008
11 / 11 Flag of Japan Japan 27,182.00 2009
12 / 12 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 21,684.00 2009
13 / 13 Flag of Italy Italy 20,255.00 2008
14 / 14 Flag of South Africa South Africa 20,192.00 2008
15 / 15 Flag of Poland Poland 19,428.00 2007
16 / 16 Flag of Mexico Mexico 17,166.00 2008
17 / 17 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 16,454.00 2008
18 / 18 Flag of Spain Spain 15,293.00 2008
19 / 19 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 15,079.00 2008
20 / 20 Flag of Sweden Sweden 11,633.00 2008
21 / 21 Flag of Romania Romania 10,785.00 2010
22 / 22 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 9,469.00 2008
23 / 23 Flag of Turkey Turkey 8,699.00 2008
24 / 24 Flag of Cuba Cuba 8,598.00 2006
25 / 25 Flag of Iran Iran 8,442.00 2008
26 / 26 Flag of Hungary Hungary 8,057.00 2009
27 / 27 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 7,791.00 2007
28 / 28 Flag of Chile Chile 7,082.00 2008
29 / 29 Flag of Austria Austria 6,399.00 2008
30 / 30 Flag of Sudan Sudan 5,978.00 2008
31 / 31 Flag of Finland Finland 5,919.00 2008
32 / 32 Flag of Belarus Belarus 5,537.00 2008
33 / 33 Flag of Korea, North Korea, North 5,242.00 2009
34 / 34 Flag of Egypt Egypt 5,083.00 2009
35 / 35 Flag of Indonesia Indonesia 5,042.00 2008
36 / 36 Flag of Burma Burma 5,031.00 2008
37 / 37 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 4,876.00 2008
38 / 38 Flag of Mozambique Mozambique 4,787.00 2008
39 / 39 Flag of Norway Norway 4,169.00 2009
40 / 40 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 4,152.00 2011
41 / 41 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 4,128.00 2008
42 / 42 Flag of Thailand Thailand 4,071.00 2008
43 / 43 Flag of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the 4,007.00 2008
44 / 44 Flag of Algeria Algeria 3,973.00 2008
45 / 45 Flag of Tanzania Tanzania 3,689.00 2008
46 / 46 Flag of Bolivia Bolivia 3,652.00 2010
47 / 47 Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 3,645.00 2008
48 / 48 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 3,622.00 2008
49 / 49 Flag of Nigeria Nigeria 3,505.00 2008
50 / 50 Flag of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 3,427.00 2008
51 / 51 Flag of Korea, South Korea, South 3,381.00 2008
52 / 52 Flag of Serbia Serbia 3,379.00 2006
53 / 53 Flag of Portugal Portugal 3,319.00 2008
54 / 54 Flag of Ireland Ireland 3,237.00 2008
55 / 55 Flag of Belgium Belgium 3,233.00 2008
56 / 56 Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 2,980.00 2008
57 / 57 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 2,918.00 2009
58 / 58 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 2,896.00 2009
59 / 59 Flag of Angola Angola 2,764.00 2008
60 / 60 Flag of Croatia Croatia 2,722.00 2009
61 / 61 Flag of Denmark Denmark 2,667.00 2008
62 / 62 Flag of Vietnam Vietnam 2,632.00 2008
63 / 63 Flag of Namibia Namibia 2,626.00 2008
64 / 64 Flag of Bangladesh Bangladesh 2,622.00 2008
65 / 65 Flag of Greece Greece 2,548.00 2008
66 / 66 Flag of Iraq Iraq 2,272.00 2008
67 / 67 Flag of Latvia Latvia 2,239.00 2008
68 / 68 Flag of Tunisia Tunisia 2,165.00 2008
69 / 69 Flag of Zambia Zambia 2,157.00 2008
70 / 70 Flag of Morocco Morocco 2,067.00 2008
71 / 71 Flag of Kenya Kenya 2,066.00 2008
72 / 72 Flag of Syria Syria 2,052.00 2008
73 / 73 Flag of Mongolia Mongolia 1,908.00 2010
74 / 74 Flag of Peru Peru 1,906.00 2010
75 / 75 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia 1,849.00 2008
76 / 76 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 1,767.00 2011
77 / 77 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 1,641.00 2010
78 / 78 Flag of Georgia Georgia 1,612.00 2008
79 / 79 Flag of Taiwan Taiwan 1,580.00 2009
80 / 80 Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1,449.00 2007
81 / 81 Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1,378.00 2008
82 / 82 Flag of Cameroon Cameroon 1,245.00 2008
83 / 83 Flag of Uganda Uganda 1,244.00 2008
84 / 84 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia 1,228.00 2007
85 / 85 Flag of Estonia Estonia 1,200.00 2008
86 / 86 Flag of Moldova Moldova 1,190.00 2008
87 / 87 Flag of Guinea Guinea 1,185.00 2008
88 / 88 Flag of Philippines Philippines 995.00 2010
89 / 89 Flag of Israel Israel 975.00 2008
90 / 90 Flag of Ecuador Ecuador 965.00 2008
91 / 91 Flag of Ghana Ghana 947.00 2008
92 / 92 Flag of Senegal Senegal 906.00 2008
93 / 93 Flag of Botswana Botswana 888.00 2008
94 / 94 Flag of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Republic of the 886.00 2008
95 / 95 Flag of Colombia Colombia 874.00 2008
96 / 96 Flag of Armenia Armenia 869.00 2009
97 / 97 Flag of Madagascar Madagascar 854.00 2008
98 / 98 Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 806.00 2008
99 / 99 Flag of Malawi Malawi 797.00 2008
100 / 100 Flag of Macedonia Macedonia 699.00 2010
101 / 101 Flag of Cambodia Cambodia 690.00 2010
102 / 102 Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia 681.00 2008
103 / 103 Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan 680.00 2008
104 / 104 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire 660.00 2008
105 / 105 Flag of Gabon Gabon 649.00 2008
106 / 106 Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 622.00 2008
107 / 107 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 601.00 2009
108 / 108 Flag of Fiji Fiji 597.00 2008
109 / 109 Flag of Mali Mali 593.00 2008
110 / 110 Flag of Togo Togo 568.00 2008
111 / 111 Flag of Jordan Jordan 507.00 2008
112 / 112 Flag of Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 470.00 2008
113 / 113 Flag of Benin Benin 438.00 2008
114 / 114 Flag of Kosovo Kosovo 430.00 2007
115 / 115 Flag of Liberia Liberia 429.00 2008
116 / 116 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon 401.00 2008
117 / 117 Flag of Albania Albania 339.00 2009
118 / 118 Flag of Guatemala Guatemala 332.00 2008
119 / 119 Flag of Eritrea Eritrea 306.00 2008
120 / 120 Flag of Swaziland Swaziland 301.00 2008
121 / 121 Flag of El Salvador El Salvador 283.00 2008
122 / 122 Flag of Costa Rica Costa Rica 278.00 2008
123 / 123 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 275.00 2008
124 / 124 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro 250.00 2007
125 / 125 Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 142.00 2008
126 / 126 Flag of Djibouti Djibouti 100.00 2008
127 / 127 Flag of Panama Panama 76.00 2008
128 / 128 Flag of Honduras Honduras 75.00 2009
129 / 129 Flag of Isle of Man Isle of Man 63.00 2008
130 / 130 Flag of Nepal Nepal 59.00 2008
131 / 131 Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 50.00 2008
132 / 132 Flag of Paraguay Paraguay 36.00 2008
133 / 133 Flag of Christmas Island Christmas Island 18.00 2010
134 / 134 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 9.00 2008