Which Country Transports the Most Passengers by Railways?

Railways Passengers Carried (mil passenger-km) (mil km), 2018 or latest
Transport | December 30, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 74 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in railways passengers carried measured by mil passenger-km with 1,345,690 mil km followed by India and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Albania with 2.70 mil km, Zambia with 4.19 mil km and Dem. Republic of the Congo with 29.5 mil km.

Data for more countries are available at Railways Passengers Carried (mil passenger-km) indicator page.

Railways Passengers Carried (mil passenger-km) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
China mil km 981,233 1,059,560 1,124,190 1,196,060 1,257,930 ...
France mil km 105,956 105,214 104,589 104,849 104,208
Germany mil km 88,796 89,615 90,976 91,603 94,197
India mil km 1,098,103 1,140,412 1,147,190 1,143,039 1,149,835 ...
Italy mil km 46,759 48,739 49,957 52,207 52,178
Japan mil km 404,396 414,387 413,970 427,486 431,799 ...
Pakistan mil km 20,619 20,619 19,779 20,288 21,201
Poland mil km 17,826 16,797 16,015 17,367 19,175
Russia mil km 144,612 138,517 130,027 120,644 124,620
South Korea mil km 70,079 66,353 67,860 68,371 86,871 ...
Spain mil km 22,476 23,788 25,072 26,142 26,670
Switzerland mil km 19,262 19,447 20,010 20,389 20,812 ...
USA mil km 34,126 36,047 36,393 36,044 35,892
Ukraine mil km 49,329 48,981 35,865 35,367 36,839
United Kingdom mil km 69,686 71,092 74,262 76,788 78,696