Top 15 Fastest Trains in the World 2020

Fastest Trains in the World

Fabulaes has complied a list of the Top 15 Fastest Trains in the World. We have complied this list of Top 15 Fastest Trains in the World, taking into account about the speed, reliability, class and leisure. Here is the rundown of this list.

When it comes to high-speed trains, China’s rail system is in a class by itself. According to the Railway Gazette International’s latest “World Speed Survey”. The bi-annual study ranked the average speeds of scheduled weekday high-speed services.


15. Acela Express, USA


Acela Express, USA


Operating Speed: 241.5 km/h 

Amtrak’s Acela Express is the quickest way to cover the 456 ground miles between Boston and Washington, D.C. Ongoing track upgrades will help Acela chug a little bit faster. But until such time as a dedicated high-speed rail track is created, speed will be limited by the aging railroad infrastructure along the Northeast corridor.


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14. Yüksek Hızlı Tren, Turkey


Yüksek Hızlı Tren, Turkey


Operating Speed: 249.4 km/h

Using sleek HT65000 trains built in Spain, the YHT currently links three cities in central Turkey: Ankara, Konya, and Eskişehir. But the high-speed rail industry is just revving up; the network will eventually connect every major Turkish city. Travel time between Istanbul and Ankara will fall from seven to three hours when that 331-mile section of Turkey’s high-speed rail network is finished.


13. Sapsan, Russia


Sapsan, Russia


Operating Speed: 249.4 km/h

Dubbed the Sapsan, meaning “peregrine falcon”, after the world’s swiftest bird, Russia’s fastest train zooms from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod. Manufactured by Siemens, the trains can carry 554 passengers in 10 carriages including both business- and economy-class sections. During winter, the windows are heated to prevent fogging.


12. Afrosiyob, Uzbekistan


Afrosiyob, Uzbekistan


Operating Speed: 250 km/h

Central Asia’s first high-speed rail line is the Afrosiyob. Operated with duck-billed Talgo trains from Spain, the service chugs for 214 miles along the ancient Silk Road between Tashkent and Samarkand. The carriages are especially built to withstand the extremes of weather in Uzbekistan, from its Siberian-like winters to Sahara-like summers. The Afrosiyob spreads three classes (VIP, business, and economy) across nine cars.


11. THSR 700T, Taiwan


THSR 700T, Taiwan


Operating Speed: 299.3 km/h

The aerodynamically optimized trains of Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) rocket down the island’s west coast between the capital, Taipei, and the industrial city of Kaohsiung in 90 to 100 minutes. Although purpose-built for THSR, the trains are the first Shinkansen units exported and operating outside of Japan. At full length, the 700T can carry around a thousand passengers in two classes.


10. Eurostar Class 373, Britain, France and Belgium


Eurostar Class 373


Operating Speed: 299.34 km/h

Thinking of flying from London to Paris? Think again: the Eurostar makes the trip in two hours and 16 minutes, with no airport security hassles. The longest and fastest train in regular service in the British Isles, the Class 373 operates via the Channel Tunnel between three beautiful train stations: London’s restored St. Pancras Station, the Gare du Nord in Paris, and South Station in Brussels. The train also stops at Disneyland Paris, and there are seasonal routes to Avignon and the French Alps. Italian design firm Pininfarina is currently updating the interiors of all 373s.


9. ETR 500 Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) and ETR 575 AGV, Italy


ETR 500 Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) and ETR 575 AGV, Italy


Operating Speed: 300 km/h

Italy offers two competing high-speed rail services—the public Red Arrow and the private Automotrice à Grande Vitesse (AGV)—on the same tracks. The trains already connect Turin, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples, and Venice; a new line between Venice and Milan is under construction. Look for a next-generation ETR 1000 (with an operating speed of 220 mph) to overtake them by the end of 2019.


8. Sancheon (KTX2), South Korea


Sancheon (KTX2), South Korea


Operating Speed: 305 km/h

Korail’s high-speed Sancheon trains make the trip between Seoul and the southern port cities of Busan and Mokpo in less than three hours. Manufactured by Hyundai, the trains take nearly seven minutes to accelerate from zero to 190 miles per hour but need just 1.2 minutes to come to a complete stop. And they’ve got competition: the KTX3 will have a maximum speed of 250 mph.


7. AVE Series 103, Spain


AVE Series 103, Spain


Operating Speed: 310.6 km/h

Spain’s Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) service is known for its duck-billed Talgo trains. But even faster are the new Siemens Velaro Series 103 units that race between Barcelona and Madrid in two hours and 38 minutes. Over the past two decades, Spain has transformed its rail service from one of Western Europe’s slowest and least efficient into the continent’s largest high-speed network, spanning 1,900 miles and nearly every major Spanish city.


6. TGV POS, France


TGV POS, France


Operating Speed: 320 km/h

One of the first nations to leap onto the high-speed bandwagon, France introduced its revolutionary Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) in 1981. There have been numerous upgrades since then, most recently the speedy POS, a hybrid of existing TGV Réseau passenger carriages with brand-new Alstom locomotives. The train operates on two lines—LGV Rhin-Rhône in eastern France and LGV Est between Paris and Strasbourg—with more lines on the way. The POS set a world speed record for travel on conventional rails of 357.2 mph.


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5. Shinkansen E5, Japan


Shinkansen E5, Japan


Operating Speed: 320.25 km/h

Japan’s famous bullet trains come in many different shapes and styles, none faster than the new Shinkansen E5. Nicknamed the Duck-Billed Platypus because of its distinctive nose, the sleek train serves the 419-mile Tōhoku route between Tokyo and Aomori at the northern end of Honshu Island. The E5 also features some of the industry’s poshest interiors: Gran Class leather shell chairs that power-recline 45 degrees.


4. ICE 3, Germany



Operating Speed: 325 km/h

While Germany makes many of the world’s fastest trains, the launch of its own high-speed rail was delayed a decade by legal battles with environmentalists and other groups. But the Germans are making up ground fast. The super-swift InterCity Express (ICE3) currently runs between Frankfurt and Cologne in the Rhine Valley and Munich and Nuremberg in Bavaria, with nine more high-speed lines under construction or on the drawing board.


3. California High-Speed Rail, USA



Operating Speed: 345 km/h (estimated)

Construction for this project has started on San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center, northern terminus of the high-speed route. If it’s ever finished, the Golden State’s high-speed rail network will whisk passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in just three hours. Crews are supposed to break ground in 2029 on full track between Bakersfield and Fresno.


2. CRH380, China


CRH380, China


Operating Speed: 349 km/h

From a starting point of zero, China has accelerated to develop the world’s largest and busiest high-speed rail network in less than a decade. Its 5,800 miles of rapid trains now carry nearly half a billion passengers per year. The CRH380 and its various iterations are all capable of running at a maximum 236 mph on high-speed main lines. Look for them operating on four routes serving Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Nanjing, and Hangzhou.


1. Shanghai Maglev Train, China


Shanghai Maglev Train


Operating Speed: 431.3 km/h

Racing along a scant 19 miles from Pudong International Airport to the Longyang Road Station of the Shanghai metro system, the world’s fastest commercial train is also the only magnetic levitation specimen on our list. The SMT’s top operating speed of 268 mph makes it faster than any NASCAR, Indy, or Formula One race car. Those interested in learning more about the technology can pop into the Maglev Museum at Longyang station.


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