What would you call track and rail in French? Track is the whole thing, while rail is a piece of metal e.g. on the right.

You can see an exemple of track on this picture, and an exemple of rail on this one.

My suggestions are:

track - voie ferrée f

rail - rail m

Thank you.

  • Les suggestions sont tout à fait correctes.
    – Toto
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 10:36
  • Wikipedia has an article with pictures that answers your question. Dictionaries are also very helpful.
    – None
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 10:37

1 Answer 1


You are indeed correct in both your statements.

A track is translated most of the time by une voie ferrée. The error would be to translate it as chemin de fer, which is itself composed of one or more voies ferrées. It can also be called une ligne de chemin de fer if the railroad only has one track.

A rail is translated as un rail.

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