Fastest Train in the World

Shanghai Maglev is the fastest commercial train in the World. The high cost of building maglev rail systems is a major factor inhibiting their widespread development. The Shanghai maglev demonstration line cost US $1.2 billion to build. A commercial Maglev station is in operation in Shanghai. Germany has scrapped plans for its own line between Hamburg and Berlin. A maglev project in the United States is still in development. The Mag-lev (magnetic-levitation)  train comes every 15 minutes. Maglev operating costs 3 cents per passenger mile or 50 rmb (8.03 USD) for one single trip. A round trip card costs 80 rmb (12.85 USD) and is valid for 7 days.

Shuttles between the Longyang Road Station in the Pudong  to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
Top Speed During Commercial Transit: 268 mph.
Top Speed Recorded:  311 mph.

The Intercity Railway is a high-speed rail, passenger-only line between Beijing and Tianjin in China. About 26 million people travel between the two cities annually. When the line opened on August 1, 2008, it set the record for the fastest conventional train service in the world. The speed of the railway is designed at 300 km/h, with the peak speed reaching 350 km/h. A first-class ticket costs 69 rmb and a second-class fare is 58 rmb. The trains are all thoroughly invented and created by Chinese people, and the technology used is also internationally advanced.

Connecting Beijing and Tianjin.
Top Speed During Commercial Transit: 217 mph.
Top Speed Recorded:  245 mph.

Nozomi shinkansen services commenced on March 14, 1992 using new 300 series trainsets. Running at speeds of up to 300 km/h, the shinkansen is known for punctuality, comfort, safety and efficiency, and does Tokyo Osaka in 2.5 hours. One of the Super Bullet train facts that jumps out at us the most is that there has never been a major accident in all the years it has been in operation. The word nozomi in Japanese means “hope”. It's not the fastest but it's pretty fast.

Tokaido-Sanyo Shankansen line from Tokyo to Hakata.
Top Speed During Commercial Transit:  186 mph.
Top Speed Recorded:  259 mph.


The fastest train in Europe. One of France’s best-known icons is the TGV, the super-fast train network. From its first service in September 1981, the French train has set a pace in European high-speed rail operations. The TGV Atlantique carries over 40,000 passengers a day. TGV trains serve in excess of 150 destinations across France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy, and can reach speeds of up to 200 mph, or 320 km/h. A test train set the record for the fastest wheeled train, reaching 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph) on 3 April 2007.

Connects Paris to more than 200 cities in France.
Top Speed During Commercial Transit:  217 mph.
Top Speed Recorded:  357 mph.

Second fastest in Europe. Alta Velocidad Española is a service of high-speed rail operated by Spanish national railway company. Known for its speed, reasonable fares and flexible schedules, the AVE remains the ideal form of transportation for savvy travellers looking for an unparalleled Spanish experience. With a speed of up to 300 km/h (186 mph), you can travel between Madrid and Barcelona in less than 3 hours. Also, this Spanish train is considered to be the most punctual in the European Union.

Connects four major cities: Madrid, Seville, Malaga and Barcelona.
Top Speed During Commercial Transit:  210 mph.
Top Speed Recorded:   227 mph.