10 World’s Fastest Trains 2013

Article by ,

“If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it.”

-Bruce Springsteen

Necessity is the mother of invention.Salute to the modern technology. Aladdin’s Genie is no more required to fetch people and news from all over. We always wished that if you could have been transported to those fairy lands where life were so blissful and easy. But due to the blessings of modern technology we perhaps will never yearn for such things any more. It is because from the very first steam powered engine invented by Richard Trevithick in 1804, the world’s technologies have now come up with trains moving at a speed of 581km/hr. Can you believe it? It’s really stupendous how rapidly the world is moving towards technological advancement. Railway provides the principal mode of transportation for freight and passengers and this can be regarded as the best gift of technology. Moreover trains are the most easily accessible and affordable means of communication. So is there any need to always stick to flights when there is so much pleasure in travelling on land?


Below mentioned are the names of most current top 10 world’s fastest Trains along with their speed and route coverage.


10) Italian ETR 500 (190 miles per hour):-


Italy, known for its famous fastest car models is no less in inventing fast running trains. Elctro treno Rapido 500, nicknamed Remo manufactures in 1993 became the first Italian high speed train. This more advanced transportation began to surface after the success story of the high speed line set up between Rome and Spain. The principal routes covered by these trains are Puglia, Milan, and Rome. Reservation of seats is very much obligatory. After the invention of ETR 500 the non- titling train, the other ETR such as 400, 460, and 480 is said to have moved to backseats.

9) Eurostar UK (199 miles per hour):-

Eurostar UK

Eurostar stands a successful competitor of all airlines because it is the perfect train which connects London and Paris travelling under the English Channel. Eurostar makes a passenger’s journey more comfortable and enjoyable by providing excellent catering services and satiating the unique needs of modern traveler. The famous destination of Eurostar is St. Pancras International station which is considered to be the most happening and romantic place of London with Victorian Charm. It transports its passengers to Europe’s favorite cities and ensures that the journey is most comfortable and relaxed. The most amazing thing is that a Eurostar ticket holder usually receives discounts in places like famous museums, galleries etc. In a nutshell Eurostar simply make one’s life heavenly.

8) Spain’s AVE Talgo 350 (205 miles per hour):

AVE Talgo

“Madrid to Barcelona in a blink of an Eye”- can u believe it? Yes Spain’s AVE Talgo 350 makes this life this much easy and comfortable for us. The train looks so funny and cute as the front part of it resembles the beak of a duck and thus it’s often called as POTA (means duck in Spanish). The train aims to give the passenger utmost comfort as its seats are set up in a most modern technique. The train is divided into 3 classes’ i.e Club Class, first class, and bristo class. A passenger will get homely pleasure with audio visual system, reading amenities and other suitable requirement.

7) THSR 700T, Taiwan (208 miles per hour)


1000 people moving to Taiwan at a time at such high speed is really not a matter of joke. Its a multiple unit train set derived from the Japanese Shinkansen family for Taiwan’s high speed rail lines. Its maximum number of seats is the most important feature of this train which includes 66 business class seats and erst standard car seats. Inspired by the Shinkansen series THSR was the first high speed railway in Taiwan which connects Taipei and Zuoying. While it covers the shortest high speed route in the world and thus the ticket fare is also quite reasonable and the fare of non reserved seat is 3% of regular price.

 6) KTX 2 South Korea (219 mile per hour):-


Manufactured by the famous Hyundai Rotem, KTX 2 came into service in 2010, the train connects Seoul Station to Busan via Daejeon and Daegunnects. This train is considered to be the first commercial high speed train in South Korea. Owing to its high speed and kilometer coverage 160,000 people approx uses KTX on daily basis. There are 935 seats per vehicle along with general compartment and special compartment. Thus this train is not meant for only luxurious people but easily accessible to all. The train gives special attention towards passenger’s security and thus the passenger’s compartments are fitted with fire detectors.

5)  Japan’s Shinkasen (275 miles per hour):-


Covering all main trunk roads Shinkasen also known as Bullet trains broke the myth that only modern technology could bring a train to highest possible speed. Shinkasen with its traditional mode of transportation ranks among one the fastest running trains in the world. The compartments are class based and railway passes are applicable wherever necessary. Moreover there are 323 trains a day making travelling more convenient. It has the highest passenger holding capacity of around 14 million annually.

Most importantly Shinkansen has maintained a flawless record of no passenger injuries so far due to any kind of train accident.

 4) German’s Transrapid TR-09 (279 miles per hour):-

transrapid 09

A monorail technically which uses maglev technology and connects Sanghai to Pudong International Airport. It is the advanced design of TR-08 with huge development and luxury and a latest invention which has maximum speed with minimum power consumption and least maintenance requirement. It has implemented a special measure to reduce the interior noise level in the train. It has excellent chair coach with utmost luxury and comfort a transrapid system does not allow any direct competition. It is so very well  equipped with modern technologies that it can make passenger connections even in geographically challenged surrounding.

3) CRH380 A CHINA (300 miles per hour):


“Sanghai to Hangzhou in just 45 min from now.” Amazing! CRH380 A is now the fastest train in China which got legalized to travel by land despite its high speed. It came into service since 2010 and provides a very easy journey from Beijing to Shanghai and also started providing daily service in Wuhan to Guangzhou route. Moreover the seating arrangement and the facilities served would make you feel like heaven. It has different class with premier quality.

2) TGV POS France (357.2 miles per hour):-

TGV pos

Although the world’s fastest rain is run by the maglev technology but France’s TGV definitely holds a renowned position in the list of world’s fastest trains. Its impressive speed 574.8 km/hr was recorded during a trip from Paris to Strasbourg which automatically broke the wheeled rail speed record. France TVG is owned by French national railway corporation but the line is a part of Rail Europe which expands from North and East of France down to the Mediterranean Sea. But unfortunately this railway is not yet approved to serve the passenger or used for public use and thus the regular TGV is being utilized till now.

1) Japan’s JR- Maglev MLX01 (361 miles per hour):-

Jr Maglev MLX01

JAPAN the benefactor of technology of the whole world again showed her power by winning the highest position in manufacturing the world’s fastest train with magnetic levitation technology. JR-Maglev MLX01 is manufactured and developed by the Central Japan Railway Company and Railway Technical Research Institute. It is a magnetic levitation train which attained a maximum speed of 581 km/hr (361 mph) during the test run and holds a world speed record for railed vehicles. MLX01 is also said to have broken the record of other maglev vehicles too. There are series of Maglev trains but MLX01 is the latest design with superconducting magnet bogie. Such breakneck speed of MLXo1 might pave the way in replacement of Japan’s famous Bullet Train. JR- Maglev has not yet declared as a passenger train and then we would get more knowledge regarding its route coverage. Let’s hold our heart till then.

Related posts: