The are some really fantastic rail networks across the world, that run like clockwork and provide a superb service to the passengers that are lucky enough to be able to travel on them. And there are some networks that are disorganized and the chances of a train turning up on time pretty poor.

But what if you had a great network and the fastest trains in the world? You would have a great transport infrastructure and the fastest. Already in Europe it is faster to travel by train than plane, and Japan is testing new supreme versions of its incredible bullet trains to be operational for the Winter Olympics in 2020.  Here are the world’s fastest trains and where they operate.

Shanghai Maglev

Still the fastest train in the world at 267 mph, is the Maglev. This incredible train travels from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport twenty miles to the Longyang Metro station in the outskirts of the city. The Maglev takes just seven minutes to complete the journey and costs $8 for a one-way ticket. The train accomplishes these astonishing speeds using magnetic levitation technology (maglev) and started operating in 2004, and it still travels nearly 20 mph faster than its biggest competitor.

Fuxing Hao

Once again we visit China for the second fastest train in the world, and the magnificent Fuxing Hao (rejuvenation). The two trains that operate on this massive network between Beijing and Shanghai travel at speeds up to 249 mph. They are called Dolphin Blue, and Golden Phoenix, and each can carry over five hundred passengers between the two cities in under five hours, that is half the time that a conventional train takes.


It is fitting that Japan comes in the top three of the fastest trains in the world as it has been operating high speed services since 1964 as was the pioneering nation in this form of technology. The first network was between Tokyo and Osaka, and the train cut the previous time of seven hours to a paltry four. The new H5 versions of this bullet train (shinkansen) operate on the Tohoku and Hokkaido networks, and are now the fastest trains in Japan as they are capable of speeds of over two hundred and twenty miles an hour.

The Italo and Frecciarossa

Our first European trains on the list, and it is Italy that takes fourth spot. Italy has two rival train operators, Trenitalia, and NTV and both operate a high-speed train on routes from Milan to Rome or Florence that take only three hours. There is a suggested new route to Perugia that is currently on trial. The Red Arrow (frecciarossa) and is remarkable for two reasons,the first being its top speed of 220 mph, and the second is its space-age construction. The train’s components are nearly one hundred percent renewable and sustainable which you would not particularly associate with such fast technology. Other trains that break the two hundred mph barrier, are the Spanish Renfe, the Haramain Western Railway in Saudi Arabia, the ICE in Germany, Korail KTX in South Korea, and the Eurostar e320 and TGV.