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World's 10 longest highways

Last updated on: January 22, 2014 12:53 IST

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The United States boasts of some of the world’s longest highways.

Take a look at the 10 longest highways in the world according to

Pan American Highway

Rank: 1

Total length: 48,000 kms

The Pan-American Highway is the world's longest ‘motorable road,’ according to Guinness Book of World Records.

The Highway links almost all nations in North and South America except for a stretch of 100 km called the Darien Gap, a forest and swampland.


World's 10 longest highways

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Highway 1, Australia

Rank: 2

Total length: 14,500 kms

Highway 1 is a network of highways that goes around the Australian continent, joining all mainland state capitals.

More than a million people use this highway everyday.


World's 10 longest highways

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Trans-Siberian Highway


Total length: 11,000 kms

Trans-Siberian Highway starts from St. Petersburg and stretches to Vladivostok in Russia. 

A part of the route across the Asian Highway Network is called the AH6.


World's 10 longest highways

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Trans-Canada Highway


Total length: 7,821 kms 

The Trans-Canada Highway is a transcontinental highway system that connects ten provinces in Canada.

The highway was opened in 1962.


World's 10 longest highways

Photographs: Avik Haldar/Wikimedia Commons

Golden Quadrilateral Highway, India

Rank: 5

Total length: 5,846 km

The largest highway project in India connects many of the major cities. 

The network connects Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai and other cities like Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Surat and Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar.


World's 10 longest highways

Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters

China National Highway 010

Rank: 6

Total length: 5,700 km

China's National Highway runs from Tongjiang in Heilongjiang to Sanya in Hainan. 

It is also the longest highway in China.


World's 10 longest highways

Image: U.S. Highway 20 crosses the Mississippi River
Photographs: DMichael Burns/Wikimedia Commons

US Route 20

Rank: 7

Total length: 5,415 kms

The US Route 20 is a coast-to-coast road network. 

The highway's eastern terminus is in Boston and western terminus is in Newport.


World's 10 longest highways

Photographs: David Jolley/Wikimedia Commons

US Route 6


Total length: 5,158 kms

It is the second-longest highway in the United States and the longest continuous highway.

It is also called Grand Army of the Republic Highway.



World's 10 longest highways

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Interstate 90 (I-90), US

Rank: 9

Total length: 4,860.2 kms

Interstate 90 (I-90) is the longest Interstate Highway in the United States. 


World's 10 longest highways

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Interstate 80 (I-80), US

Rank: 10

Total length: 4,666 kms 

Interstate 80 (I-80) is a transcontinental limited-access highway that stretches from San Francisco to Teaneck. 

It was opened to traffic in 1986.