Need For Speed: 10 Fastest Trains In The World

Nidhi Kadere

Whoosh: 217 mph

Southeast Asia's fastest train route was officially opened in Indonesia recently. This high-speed train route connects the capital city of Jakarta to Bandung, the heavily populated capital of West Java province.

The "Whoosh" train in Indonesia | Shutterstock

Shanghai Maglev: 268 mph

The world’s fastest train, Shanghai Maglev, runs for nearly 19 miles—from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport to the Longyang metro station on the outskirts of Shanghai.

Shanghai Maglev | Shutterstock

Fuxing Hao: 249 mph

The world's fastest non-maglev train also runs in China. The name "Fuxing Hao" translates to rejuvenation, and each train has been given nicknames.

Fuxing Hao | plimtheman/Instagram

Shinkansen H5 and E5: 224 mph

Shinkansen H5 and E5 are renowned for efficiently connecting major Japanese cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka, with high-speed rail service.

Shinkansen H5 | Shutterstock

The Italo And Frecciarossa: 220 mph

These Italian trains, which tie as Europe's fastest, are run by Italy’s duelling train operators, NTV and Trenitalia. The Frecciarossa's components are nearly 100 per cent renewable and sustainable.

The Italo | Shutterstock

DeutscheBahn ICE: 205 mph

The Inter-City Express (ICE) is an impressive sight, especially as it speeds through the scenic German countryside with its distinctively futuristic white and silver colours, combined with a sharp red cheatline.

DeutscheBahn ICE | Shutterstock

Eurostar E320 And TGV: 200 mph

The TGV and Eurostar e320 trains are tied for the next spot on the list of the fastest trains in the world. These trains are capable of zipping through Brussels, Paris, and London.

Eurostar e320 | Shutterstock

Al Boraq: 198 mph

Al Boraq, named after a winged horse animal from Islamic lore, was introduced in 2018. This train puts Africa on the list of fastest trains in the world, with an hourly 116-mile service between Tangier and Kenitra in Morocco.

Al Boraq | Shutterstock

Korail KTX: 190 mph

South Korea’s high-speed rail network holds its rank among the fastest trains in the world. In the 2018 Winter Olympics, the train enabled athletes and spectators to reach Pyeongchang city directly from Incheon International Airport, cutting the journey from six hours to under two.

Korail KTX | Shutterstock

BR Class 802: 140 mph

BR Class 802, a modern British rail vehicle, connects cities like London, Birmingham, and Leeds with high-speed travel, reaching up to 140 mph (225 km/h).

BR Class 802 | Shutterstock