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Countries with Railway Networks

A list of all the countries in the world with railway networks –

  • The networks are sorted by size based on miles of route (2017).
  • Total route mileage for the world in 2017 is approximately 800,000 miles.
  • Networks that do not have passenger services (2017) appear in the main list.
  • Countries with systems planned (2017) are listed separately.
  • Countries that previously had networks (closed in 2017) are listed separately.
  • Countries with neither historic nor planned railways are listed separately.
  • The year I visited the country is listed in the right hand column.

 

Rank Country Miles Passenger Visited
1  United States 156250 Y 1986
2  China 75625 Y 1988
3  India 71875 Y 1994
4  Russia 53750 Y 1988 /2002
5  Canada 29095 Y 1986
6  Germany 27168 Y 1984
7  Australia 24028 Y 1986
8  Argentina 23104 Y 2011
9  South Africa 19375 Y 1995
10  France 18525 Y 1984
11  Brazil 18314 Y 2011
12  Japan 16989 Y 1987
13  Italy 15112 Y 1984
14  Ukraine 13938 Y 2003
15  Romania 13936 Y 2008
16  Poland 12267 Y 2004
17  United Kingdom 11083 Y 1964
18  Mexico 10729 Y 1986
19  Spain 9967 Y 1984
20  Kazakhstan 9608 Y 2006
21  Iran 8124 Y
22  Sweden 8013 Y 1984
23  Turkey 7500 Y 2003
24  Czech Republic 5929 Y 1997
25  Indonesia 5331 Y 1990
26  Hungary 4964 Y 1984
27  Pakistan 4869 Y
28  Egypt 4188 Y 1998
29  Austria 3704 Y 1984
30  Finland 3699 Y 2008
31  Chile 3686 Y 2012
32  Belarus 3461 Y (*1) – 1988

2019

33  Sudan / South Sudan 3424 Y
34  South Korea 3276 Y 1989
35  North Korea 3272 Y  2018
36 Switzerland 3270 Y 1984
37  Cuba 3173 Y 2016
38  Turkmenistan 3113 Y
39  Algeria 2698 Y
40  Uzbekistan 2675 Y
41  Bulgaria 2599 Y 2005
42  New Zealand 2580 Y 1987
43  Norway 2571 Y 1984
44  Thailand 2544 Y 1987
45  Democratic Republic of the Congo 2504 Y
46  Myanmar (Burma) 2472 Y 2014
47  Serbia 2381 Y 2007
48  Slovakia 2286 Y 1997
49  Nigeria 2205 NO
50  Ireland 2023 Y 2001
51  Belgium 2021 Y 1984
52  Vietnam 1967 Y 2011
53  Mozambique 1948 Y
54  Netherlands 1883 Y 1984
55  Zimbabwe 1875 Y
56  Uruguay 1871 Y
57  Croatia 1859 Y 2017
58  Azerbaijan 1824 Y
59  Bolivia 1791 Y
60  Bangladesh 1772 Y
61  Portugal 1746 Y 1984
62  Kenya 1736 Y (*2) 1995
63  Angola 1726 Y
64  Tanzania 1701 Y
65  Denmark 1667 Y 1984
66  Greece 1595 Y 2005
67  Namibia 1489 Y
68  Latvia 1418 Y 2005
69  Tunisia 1386 Y
70  Syria 1337 Y
71  Iraq 1270 Y
72  Peru 1263 Y 2019
73  Morocco 1243 Y 2002
74  Malaysia 1156 Y 1987
75  Mongolia 1131 Y 1988
76  Lithuania 1104 Y
77  Taiwan 1064 Y 2008
78  Colombia 1039 Y
79  Georgia 946 Y
80  Sri Lanka 943 Y 2017
81  Saudi Arabia 883 Y
82  Uganda 778 NO
83  Zambia 773 Y
84  Slovenia 768 Y 2017
85  Israel 750 Y 2010
86  Moldova 723 Y
87  Bosnia and Herzegovina 689 Y 2018
88  Cameroon 609 Y
89  Ecuador 604 Y
90  Ghana 596 Y
91  Senegal 566 NO
92  Botswana 555 Y
93  Guatemala 553 NO
94  Armenia 543 Y
95  Madagascar 534 Y
96  Guinea 523 Y
97  Estonia 510 Y 2018
98  Gabon 506 Y
99  Malawi 498 Y
100  Republic of the Congo 497 Y
101  Djibouti 488 Y
102  Benin 474 Y
103  Mali 458 NO
104  Mauritania 455 NO
105  Honduras 437 Y
106  North Macedonia 437 Y 2019
107  Ethiopia 437 Y
108  Cambodia 406 Y 2012
109  Côte d’Ivoire 399 Y
110  Burkina Faso 389 Y
111  Tajikistan 385 Y
112  Fiji 373 Y
113  Togo 355 NO
114  El Salvador 351 NO
115  Dominican Republic 323 Y
116  Jordan 317 Y 2012
117  Liberia 306 NO
118  Philippines 299 Y 1989
119 Albania 281 Y 2019
120  Kyrgyzstan 261 Y
121  Lebanon 251 NO
122  Panama 222 Y
123  Venezuela 210 Y
124  Eritrea 191 Y
125  Swaziland 188 NO
126  Costa Rica 174 Y
127  Luxembourg 171 Y 1984
128  United Arab Emirates 165 Y
129  Montenegro 156 Y 2018
130  Hong Kong (PRC) 131 Y 1988
131  Suriname 104 NO
132  Singapore 100 Y 1988
133  Guyana 80 NO
134  Sierra Leone 53 NO
135 Jamaica 41 NO
136  Nepal 37 Y
137  Saint Kitts and Nevis 36 Y
138  Paraguay 24 Y
139  Puerto Rico (US) 11 Y
140  Brunei 8.1 NO
141  Liechtenstein 5.9 Y 2002
142 Western Sahara 3.1 NO
143  Nauru 2.4 NO
144  Laos 2.2 Y
145  Monaco 1.5 Y 1996
146  Lesotho 1.0 Y
147   Vatican City 0.8 NO 1996
148 Iceland Planned 2014
149 Kuwait Planned
150 Libya Planned
151 Macau Planned 1988
152 Niger Planned
153 Oman Planned
154 Papua New Guinea Planned
155 Qatar Planned 2015
156 Rwanda Planned
157 Trinidad and Tobago Planned
158 Yemen Planned
159 Andorra Historic
160 Cyprus Historic
161 East Timor Historic
162 Guinea-Bissau Historic
163 Malta Historic 2015
164 Marshall Islands Historic
165 Mauritius Historic
166 Micronesia Historic
167 Nicaragua Historic
168 San Marino Historic
169 Solomon Islands Historic
170 Somalia Historic
171 Tonga Historic
172 Tuvalu Historic
173 Vanuatu Historic

 

The following countries (subject to correction) appear never to have had railways, nor do they have (2017) any railways planned.

Country Visited
1 Antigua and Barbuda
2 Bahamas
3 Bahrain
4 Barbados
5 Belize
6 Bhutan
7 Burundi
8 Cape Verde
9 Central African Republic
10 Chad
11 Comoros
12 Dominica
13 Equatorial Guinea
14 Grenada
15 Haiti
16 Kiribati
17 Maldives (*3)  2017
18 Palau
19 Saint Lucia
20 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
21 Samoa
22 São Tomé and Príncipe
23 Seychelles

 

Notes

*1 –  Passed through Belarus when it was part of the USSR

*2  – Landed at Nairobi Airport to Refuel

*3 – Landed at Male Airport to Refuel