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Railroads by Country 2024

Over 6,000 railways operate in the United States and run a total length of 160,000 miles (260,000 km). Class I railroads traverse over 92,000 route miles, while short-line railways use 45,000 route miles. US freight trains traverse every state except Hawaii.

China has 155,000 km (96,313 mi) of railways and has the longest high-speed (HSR) with over 42,000 km (26,098 miles) of coverage. Passenger-dedicated railroads can reach 250–350 km/h (155–217 mph).

In Russia, the railways span over 85,000 kilometers. The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest in the world and passes through eight time zones, 87 towns, and cities, and crosses 16 major rivers. A trip from one end of Russia to the other can take anywhere between 12 and 25 days, and sometimes even more.

The total trackage in Canada is 49,422 kilometers (30,709 miles), and 129 kilometers (80 miles) is electrified. The Canadian National Railway is the largest railway in Canada in both size and revenue.

As the fifth-largest railroad network, India has 115,000 kilometers of railway tracks and connects 7,172 stations with 19,000 trains.

Over 23,000 miles of railways run in Argentina. Train to the Clouds is one of the highest railroads in the world, traversing 434 kilometers, which passes through 21 tunnels and 29 bridges.

Germany has the longest railway network in the European Union (EU) at 33,399 kilometers (20,753 miles) long. 20,540 kilometers (12,760 miles) of German railways are electrified, while 18,556 kilometers (11,530 miles) are double-tracked.

The railway in Australia runs 32,929 kilometers (20,461 miles) of track, and the major track gauges include standard (11,189 miles), broad (1,668 miles), and narrow. The longest passenger railroad in Australia is the Indian Pacific.

The Brazilian railway system runs 30,576 km long and includes 13 cargo lines and 1,411 km for passenger transportation.

France has the tenth-longest railway system at 40,000 km (25,000 mi) of track, including 2,600 km of high-speed lines, with 3,000 stations.

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Country
Total Railroad Length (km)
United States293,564
China150,000
Russia85,494
India65,554
Canada49,422
Germany39,379
Australia36,064
Brazil29,850
France27,860
Japan27,311
Mexico23,389
Ukraine21,733
South Africa20,986
Poland19,461
Italy18,475
Argentina17,866
Kazakhstan16,636
United Kingdom16,390
Spain15,489
Pakistan11,881
Turkey11,497
Sweden10,910
Romania10,628
Czech Republic9,548
Iran8,484
Cuba8,367
Indonesia8,159
Hungary7,687
North Korea7,435
Chile7,282
Sudan7,251
Austria6,123
Finland5,918
Belarus5,528
Saudi Arabia5,410
Switzerland5,296
Turkmenistan5,113
Egypt5,085
Myanmar5,031
Mozambique4,787
Uzbekistan4,642
New Zealand4,128
Thailand4,127
Tanzania4,097
Bulgaria4,029
Algeria4,020
DR Congo4,007
South Korea3,979
Bolivia3,960
Norway3,848
Kenya3,819
Nigeria3,798
Slovakia3,627
Belgium3,602
Zimbabwe3,427
Serbia3,333
Zambia3,126
Netherlands3,055
Azerbaijan2,944
Angola2,761
Denmark2,682
Namibia2,628
Croatia2,617
Vietnam2,600
Portugal2,526
Bangladesh2,460
Greece2,345
Iraq2,272
Latvia2,216
Tunisia2,173
Colombia2,141
Morocco2,067
Syria2,052
Lithuania1,911
Peru1,854
Malaysia1,851
Mongolia1,815
Ireland1,688
Uruguay1,673
Taiwan1,613
Sri Lanka1,562
Israel1,497
Estonia1,441
Georgia1,363
Uganda1,244
Slovenia1,207
Moldova1,171
Guinea1,086
Cameroon987
Ecuador965
Bosnia and Herzegovina965
Ghana947
Senegal906
Botswana888
Madagascar836
Guatemala800
Malawi767
Mauritania728
Honduras699
North Macedonia699
Armenia686
Tajikistan680
Ivory Coast660
Ethiopia659
Gabon649
Cambodia642
Burkina Faso622
Fiji597
Mali593
Togo568
Republic of the Congo510
Jordan509
Dominican Republic496
Venezuela447
Benin438
Liberia429
Kyrgyzstan424
Albania424
Laos422
Lebanon401
Eritrea306
Eswatini301
Costa Rica278
Luxembourg271
Montenegro250
South Sudan248
Djibouti97
Philippines77
Panama77
Isle of Man63
Nepal59
Saint Kitts and Nevis50
Paraguay30
El Salvador13
Liechtenstein9
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What country has the most railroads?

The country covered by the greatest amount of rail lines is the United States, which has 148 thousand kilometers of rail.

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