Which Country Transports the Most Passengers by Railways?

Railways Passengers Carried (mil passenger-km) (mil km), 2017 or latest
Transport | May 17, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 66 countries in 2017, India ranked the highest in railways passengers carried measured by mil passenger-km with 1,149,835 mil km followed by China and Japan. On the other end of the scale was Albania with 7.00 mil km, Uruguay with 8.00 mil km and Dem. Republic of the Congo with 22.7 mil km.

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

Railways Passengers Carried (mil passenger-km) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
China mil km 815,699 795,639 794,062 807,065 723,006
France mil km 86,052 85,634 84,785 83,914 84,682 ... ...
Germany mil km 77,567 80,210 79,906 79,339 79,257
India mil km 978,508 1,046,522 1,046,522 1,140,412 1,147,190
Indonesia mil km ... 19,024 17,154 16,926 20,396 22,296
Italy mil km 39,368 37,489 37,752 38,612 39,290
Japan mil km 184,791 253,788 260,014 255,881 265,063
Kazakhstan mil km 16,595 18,498 19,125 18,317 17,085
Netherlands mil km 16,808 17,098 17,018 17,226 17,770 ...
Pakistan mil km 20,619 20,619 20,619 19,779 20,288
Russia mil km 139,842 144,612 138,517 223,420 206,513
South Korea mil km 21,603 22,112 22,626 23,071 23,450
Spain mil km 22,680 21,925 23,353 24,558 25,660
Switzerland mil km 18,021 17,845 17,998 18,555 19,177
Ukraine mil km 50,569 49,203 48,876 37,065 37,577