We bring to your atten­tion an overview of the fastest trains in the world as of 2019–2020. We ana­lyzed and com­pared all the indi­ca­tors to make this list of 10 points. Trains may not be as fast as planes, but they grad­u­al­ly increase in speed, and some­times a trip can even save time.

the fastest trains

The dis­ad­van­tages of this method of trans­porta­tion can only be attrib­uted to the fact that trains can­not cov­er dis­tances over oceans and seas, but oth­er­wise they are not much infe­ri­or. Below is a list of the top 10 fastest trains to date.

THSR 700T train, Taiwan — speed 299.9 km/h

The THSR 700T is a Japan­ese Shinkansen series high-speed elec­tric train built for the Tai­wan High-Speed ​​Rail­way (THSR). The trains were man­u­fac­tured in Japan by Kawasa­ki Heavy Indus­tries, Nip­pon Sharyo and Hitachi. For the first time in his­to­ry, Japan­ese Shinkansen trains were export­ed over­seas. 30 trains have been deliv­ered to THSR and are run­ning suc­cess­ful­ly on the route with a top speed of 300 kilo­me­ters per hour (186 mph).

THSR 700T train

Main Fea­tures of the THSR 700T Train:

  • Max­i­mum speed: 299.9 km/h
  • Accel­er­a­tion: from 0 to 299.9 km/h in 15 min­utes
  • Insta­bil­i­ty detec­tion sys­tem
  • Fire and smoke detec­tors
  • Auto stop con­trol
  • Sin­gle busi­ness class for 66 seats
  • 11 stan­dard class cars with 923 seats

Frecciarossa train, up to 300 km/h, Italy

Frec­cia­rossa is a high-speed train of the Ital­ian nation­al train oper­a­tor Tren­i­talia and a mem­ber of the Le Frec­ce train cat­e­go­ry. The name means “Red Arrow” in trans­la­tion. It appeared in 2009, and ear­li­er the train was known as Eurostar Italia. The fast Frec­cia­rossa trains are capa­ble of reach­ing speeds of up to 300 km/h (190 mph). Frec­cia­rossa is Tren­i­tal­i­a’s main ser­vice and com­petes with ita­lo, which is oper­at­ed by Nuo­vo Trasporto Viag­gia­tori.

Frecciarossa Train

Dai­ly train routes:

  • Frec­cia­rossa trains make over 120 dai­ly trips through­out Italy, from Turin and Milan in the north to Saler­no and Bari in the south.
  • Between Milan and Rome, 28 non-stop Frec­cia­rossa trains run dai­ly, which can get you to your desired point in just 3 hours. The Frec­cia­rossa trains, with stops along the way in Bologna and Flo­rence, com­plete the jour­ney in just 3.5 hours. Dur­ing peak hours (from 8 to 10 and from 16 to 20), 12 trains leave from Milan to Rome, and 13 from Rome to Milan.
  • Between Milan and Naples, 36 Frec­cia­rossa trains run dai­ly. This trip takes just over 4 hours.
  • There are 10 Frec­cia­rossa trains run­ning dai­ly between Turin and Rome, stop­ping in Milan, Bologna and Flo­rence along the way.
  • Frec­cia­rossa trains run from Bologna to Flo­rence 70 times a day every 37 min­utes.
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SNCF TGV Duplex, 220 km/h, France

The TGV Duplex is a French high-speed train of the TGV fam­i­ly man­u­fac­tured by Alstom and oper­at­ed by the French nation­al rail­way com­pa­ny SNCF. It is unique among TGV trains in that it has bi-lev­el car­riages. Duplex opened the third gen­er­a­tion of TGV trains. It has been specif­i­cal­ly designed to increase the capac­i­ty of high-speed lines with heavy traf­fic. With two lev­els and a capac­i­ty of 508 pas­sen­gers, the duplex is con­sid­ered one of the best trains in France.

SNCF TGV Duplex train

The main char­ac­ter­is­tics of the train:

  • Max­i­mum speed: 220 km/h
  • dou­ble deck high speed train
  • 508 seats
  • Eco-friend­ly design
  • 90% recy­cling rate
  • Pri­ma­ry Class­es — Stan­dard, First Class and TGV Pro
  • Free WiFi

Alstom Euroduplex, 220 km/h, France

The Alstom Avelia Eurodu­plex, bet­ter known sim­ply as the Eurodu­plex, is a high-speed dou­ble-deck elec­tric mul­ti-link train man­u­fac­tured by Alstom. It is oper­at­ed by the French nation­al rail­way com­pa­ny SNCF and also works with the Moroc­can nation­al rail­way com­pa­ny ONCF. This is the third gen­er­a­tion of the duplex TGV.

Alstom Euroduplex train

Eurodu­plex trains con­tain equip­ment allow­ing them to trav­el between sev­er­al Euro­pean con­ti­nen­tal coun­tries with dif­fer­ent types of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and sig­nal­ing sys­tems such as France, Ger­many, Switzer­land, Spain and Lux­em­bourg. The Moroc­can vari­ant is the first high-speed train to oper­ate in Africa.

Main char­ac­ter­is­tics:

  • Max­i­mum speed: 220 km/h
  • Mul­ti­sys­tem Dou­ble Deck­er Train
  • 1020 seats
  • Low pow­er con­sump­tion
  • Infor­ma­tion cen­ter in real time

E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa, 320 km/h

The E5 Series is a Japan­ese Shinkansen-type high-speed train oper­at­ed by the East Japan Rail­way Com­pa­ny (JR East) on Tho­ho Shinkansen ser­vices since March 5, 2011 and on Hokkai­do Shinkansen ser­vices since March 26, 2016. 59 sets for 10 wag­ons have been ordered.

E5 Series Shinkansen train

The tech­nol­o­gy incor­po­rat­ed into these trains is based on an exper­i­men­tal Fastech 360S train test­ed by JR East. The ini­tial top speed in ser­vice was 300 km/h but then increased to 320 km/h between Utsunomiya and Morio­ka. Trains are equipped with elec­tric active sus­pen­sion.

The main char­ac­ter­is­tics of the train:

  • Max­i­mum speed: 320 km/h
  • Nose 15 meters long
  • 10 wag­ons
  • Total 731 seats
  • Main class­es — stan­dard, green and grand class
  • Stan­dard class for 658 seats
  • Green class for 55 seats
  • Gran class with 18 option­al pow­er com­fort seats
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Talgo 350 train, 350 km/h, Spain

The Tal­go 350 entered ser­vice as the RENFE AVE Class 102, mark­ing the com­pa­ny’s entry into the high-speed train mar­ket. The first pro­to­type tests took place in 1994. Tal­go 350 Fast Trains start­ed run­ning at a max­i­mum allowed speed of 330 km/h on the Madrid-Barcelona and Madrid-Val­ladol­id routes from Decem­ber 2007. This series of trains was designed with a max­i­mum speed of 350 km/h. The train con­sists of Tal­go VII cars with heavy duty brakes and addi­tion­al pri­ma­ry sus­pen­sion.

Talgo 350 train

Main char­ac­ter­is­tics:

  • Max speed: 350 km/h
  • 12 cars
  • Main class­es — club, first, bistro
  • Real-time dash­boards

Siemens Velaro E/AVS 103

The AVE Class 103 has a cer­ti­fied top speed of 350 km/h, although exten­sive­ly test­ed Alstom AGV is aim­ing for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion at 360 km/h.

train Siemens Velaro E/AVS 103

Trac­tion was dis­trib­uted in the class — trac­tion equip­ment was placed under the floor, with pow­er bogies in alter­nate cars along the entire length of the train. This elim­i­nates the need for dri­ve units at both ends, allow­ing for bet­ter use of space, improved ener­gy effi­cien­cy, improved accel­er­a­tion at low­er speeds, and increased abil­i­ty to climb grades. For the AVE Class 103, four of the eight car­riages were equipped with two propul­sion units each.

This fast train is actu­al­ly two iden­ti­cal half-trains with four cars each, each with an inde­pen­dent pow­er sys­tem.

Main char­ac­ter­is­tics:

  • Max speed: 350 km/h
  • 8 cars
  • Total 404 places
  • Runs between Barcelona and Madrid

Fast train AGV Italo, 360 km/h

The AGV is a stan­dard gauge high speed elec­tric mul­ti-link train designed and man­u­fac­tured by Alstom. Alstom offers AGVs in sev­en to four­teen car con­fig­u­ra­tions, accom­mo­dat­ing 245 to 446 peo­ple. The trains con­sist of blocks con­sist­ing of three cars (each with one trans­former and two trac­tion elec­tron­ics pack­ages locat­ed under the cars). The max­i­mum com­mer­cial speed is 360 km/h.

Fast train AGV Italo

The design of the train took place in the ear­ly 2000s, with the Pegase pro­to­type released in 2008. The Ital­ian trans­port com­pa­ny NTV ordered 25 trains in 2008, ser­vice began in 2012.

Accord­ing to Alstom, the advan­tages of the AGV are: increased seat­ing per train length (com­pared to a sin­gle-deck TGV); the safe­ty and main­te­nance ben­e­fits of the Jacobs artic­u­la­tion design, and high­er ener­gy effi­cien­cy from per­ma­nent mag­net syn­chro­nous motors.

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Main char­ac­ter­is­tics:

  • Max speed: 360 km/h
  • mul­ti­pur­pose train
  • Eco-friend­ly design
  • 98% recy­cling rate
  • 11 cars
  • Main class­es — club, pri­ma and smart class
  • Adjustable leather seats
  • Free WiFi

CRH380A Hexie, 380 km/h, China

CRH380A Hex­ie (trans­lat­ed from Chi­nese: Har­mo­ny) is a Chi­nese elec­tric high speed train devel­oped by CSR Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­it­ed (CSR). The CRH380A is designed to oper­ate at a cruis­ing speed of 350 km/h and a top speed of 380 km/h. The 8‑car set achieved a top speed of 416.6 km/h dur­ing a tri­al run. The longer train with 16 cars reached 486.1 km/h in tests.

CRH380A Hexie

The CRH380A is one of four Chi­nese train series that have been designed for the new stan­dard oper­at­ing speed of 380 km/h on Chi­na’s new­ly built high-speed trunk lines. Offi­cial­ly, this is the only series of the four that is not based on for­eign tech­nol­o­gy. How­ev­er, experts sug­gest that the Chi­nese devel­op­ment is based on unli­censed Shinkansen tech­nol­o­gy.

Main char­ac­ter­is­tics

  • Max speed: 380 km/h
  • mul­ti­pur­pose train
  • Wag­ons with­out vibra­tion
  • Total 494 seats
  • VIP excur­sion sec­tion
  • Restau­rant car for serv­ing food and drinks

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Shanghai Maglev, 431 km/h, China

The fastest Shang­hai Maglev train is a mag­net­ic lev­i­ta­tion (maglev) line that oper­ates in Shang­hai. This line is the third com­mer­cial­ly oper­at­ed maglev line in his­to­ry (after the British Birm­ing­ham and the Ger­man M‑Bahn), the old­est com­mer­cial maglev still in oper­a­tion, and the first com­mer­cial high-speed maglev with a cruis­ing speed of 431 km/h. It is also the fastest com­mer­cial elec­tric train in the world. .

Shanghai Maglev

The rail­way line con­nects Shang­hai Pudong Inter­na­tion­al Air­port and Longyang Road Sta­tion (on the out­skirts of cen­tral Pudong), where pas­sen­gers can trans­fer to the Shang­hai Metro to con­tin­ue their jour­ney to the city cen­ter. This line is not part of the Shang­hai metro net­work. Con­struc­tion cost $1.2 bil­lion. The line’s bal­ance of pay­ments has been in a huge deficit since its open­ing.

Main char­ac­ter­is­tics

  • Top speed: 431 km/h
  • Accel­er­a­tion: from 0 to 431 km / h in just 4 min­utes
  • The only com­mer­cial­ly oper­at­ed maglev in the world
  • Total 574 places
  • $8 for reg­u­lar tick­et
  • $16 for a VIP tick­et.