Top 10 Fastest High Speed Trains


Comic books say Superman’s faster than a speeding locomotive, but can he top the speeds of the fastest high-speed trains? The fastest high-speed train travels at a top speed of

267 miles per hour. That’s faster than the Hennessey Venom GT, the world’s fastest car that reached a top speed of 270 mph when tested.

You won’t find any of the world’s fastest high-speed trains in the United States. Here’re the 10 fastest high speed trains.


10. THSR 700T, 186.4 mph

THSR 700T 10 Fastest High Speed Trains

The Taiwan High-Speed Rail 700T, high-speed electric multiple unit trains set in Taiwan, launched between Taipei City and Kaohsiung in 2007. The trains can travel between the two cities in just 90 minutes compared to the previous travel time of four and a half hours. Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyo and Hitachi Ltd. manufactured the THSR 700T train set and exported them to Taiwan.

The trains are based on Japan’s 700 Series Shinkansen but have more powerful motors and eddy current brakes on trailers that allow it to go higher speeds.They feature safety features like parking brakes and shock absorbing elements that protect it in low-speed collisions. Each train has a single business class cabin with 66 seats and 11 standard class cars with a total of 923 seats. 

9. ETR 500 Frecciarossa, 186.4 mph

ETR 500 Frecciarossa 10 Fastest High Speed Trains

Trenitalia’s ETR 500 Frecciarossa is Italy’s fastest train service and one of the fastest high-speed trains in the world. The trains operate between Milan, Rome, and Naples and can travel from Milan to Rome in two hours and 40 minutes. The Frecciarossa is an updated version of the ETR 500 high-speed train. The Frecciarossa trains feature four levels of service – executive, business, premium, and standard. Each train has a total of 574 seats. 

8. SNCF TGV Duplex, 198.8 mph

SNCF TGV Duplex High-Speed Train

The SNCF railway company operates the TGV duplex or double-decker, France’s fastest train service. The TGV Duplex sits 508 people and the trains travel between all of France’s major cities. There are three levels of service – standard, first class and pro.

Alstom and Bombardier manufactured the TGV Duplex with aluminum to reduce its weight. That, along with its improved aerodynamics, means lower power consumption. Considered eco-friendly, it has a recyclability rate of about 90 percent. The TGV Duplex carries 545 passengers on its two seating levels. The TGV Duplex was created to increase capacity on railways with saturated traffic. If you can’t make it higher or longer, make it faster. 

7. Alstom Euroduplex, 198.8 mph

Alstom Euroduplex High-Speed Train

The Alstom Euroduplex operates on French, Swiss, German and Luxembourg rail networks. It transports 1,020 passengers, more than double that of the French SNCF. 

6. E5 Series Shinkansen Hayabusa, 198.8 mph


Japan’s fastest high-speed train service, the E5 Series can travel from the Shin-Aomori station to Tokyo in just shy of three hours. The Hayabusa’s based on the East Japan Railway company’s Fastech 360S high-speed train.

Kawasaki Heavy Industry and Hitachi manufactured the Hayabusa, one of the fastest high-speed trains in the world. Its design, including its 15-meter long nose and full-active suspension system, minimizes sound blast and vibration as it travels through tunnels. Each Hayabusa seats 731 passengers. 

5. Talgo 350, 217.5 mph

Talgo 350

The Talgo 350, also called “El Pato” (The Duck) because of its beak-like nose, travels between Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. More than 46 Talgo 350 trains are operating in Spain. There are four classes of service – club class, first class, bistro class, and coach. 

4. Siemens Velaro E/AVS 103, 217.5 mph

Siemens Velaro EAVS 103 High Speed Train

Spain’s Velaro E/AVS, developed by German engineering company Siemens, can travel from Barcelona to Madrid in two and a half hours. It is one of the fastest high-speed trains as well as the fastest series-production high-speed train in the world. The Velaro is marketed as being able to be fully operational in snow and ice. Features of the Velaro include energy management, noise reduction, and aerodynamic profiling. The Velaro E/AVS seats 404 passengers. 

3. AGV Italo, 223.7 mph

AVG Italo High Speed

Built by the French manufacturing company Alstom, the AGV Italo is Europe’s fastest operating train. The AGV Italo high-speed railway runs between Rome and Naples and can reach one city from the other within about an hour. The AGV Italo features three classes – club, prima and smart. The seven-car unit can carry about 245 passengers while about 446 passengers can travel on the 11-car unit. Special features include its higher energy efficiency and lower noise. 

2. Harmony CRH 380A, 236.1 mph

Harmony CRH 380A

The CRH 380A trains in China are the second fastest high-speed trains in the world. The high-speed railway runs between Shanghai and Nanjing. Its features include a low-weight aluminum alloy body and an aerodynamic design. The CRH 380A can carry 494 passengers. 

1. Shanghai Maglev, 267.8 mph

Shanghai Maglev Fastest High Speed Trains

The Shanghai Maglev, which has a top speed of about 267.8 mph, is the world’s fastest high-speed train. It can reach that top speed in only four minutes. Siemens and ThyssenKrupp built the Maglev, which floats on a magnetic field between the train and the track rather on wheels. It runs on the world’s first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line making number one of the fastest high speed trains.

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