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With a rising global conscience on climate change and an urgent need to connect rural populations to urban hubs, high-speed rail offers a promising solution to congested roads and remote labour markets.
We, at Omio, analysed the leading high-speed rail networks worldwide and identified the top 20 countries with the most advanced infrastructure. The factors considered included: trains’ operational and record speeds, miles of existing railway, and miles of high-speed tracks currently under construction.
The birth of the railway began with the onset of the 19th-century industrial revolution in Europe. British rail—notably The London Underground known as The Tube—is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1860.
|Country||Train name||In operation*||Under construction*||Operating speed**||Record speed**||Score|
|7||Italy||AGV 575 / ETR 1000 / ETR 500***||557****||33****||186||245****||56.3|
|10||Saudi Arabia||Talgo 350||281||0||186||227||33.3|
|13||United Kingdom||Siemens e320||70||143||186||219||31.3|
***In Italy the Frecciarossa 1000 has a commercial speed of 186mph (300 km/h); the maximum speed it can reach is 249mph (400 km/h) with commercial-grade trains complete with 8 cars. This was unintentionally omitted from the original research.
****In Italy the distance in miles of high-speed rail currently under construction is 231 miles as indicated by RFI—Italian Railway Network. The Frecciarossa 1000 has a commercial speed of 186mph (300 km/h); the maximum speed it can reach is 249mph (400 km/h) with the train operating with its full commercial composition of 8 cars. The current distance in miles of the high-speed railway in operation is 621 miles as indicated by RFI—Italian Railway Network (source article). This was unintentionally omitted from the original research.
High-speed rail—first launched by the Japanese—is defined by trains operating at a speed on or above 120mph (200km/h) Japan was the first country to launch a high-speed route as early as the 1960s .
In Europe almost 20 years later, France became the first country on the continent to adopt high-speed rail. Predictably,
On the other side of the pond, the US is considering expanding its bullet train network further. The country has 475 miles of rail tracks nationwide: its single high-speed route is Acela Express which connects Washington D.C. to Boston. It can travel up to 149 mph (240km/h).
For this study, Omio researched high-speed trains worldwide. All trains which travel at a speed on or above 120mph (200 km/h) were selected.
Factors contributing to the ranking
How we calculated it?
From planning a multi-city European rail trip to simply wanting to travel to a destination faster, there are many popular high-speed rail routes to choose from. Omio has a wide selection of ground transport which offer high-speed railway: covering destinations in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and the UK. Popular rail routes—listed in the table below—are all available with Omio; with some routes including mobile tickets on selected lines.
|Trains Amsterdam – Brussels||218 km||01 h 53||55 €|
|Trains Paris – Brussels||300 km||01 h 22||65 €|
|Trains Lyon – Paris||425 km||1 h 57||45 €|
|Trains Paris – Rennes||308 km||1 h 33||55 €|
|Trains Madrid – Barcelona||659 km||2h 30||59 €|
|Trains Sevilla – Madrid||479 km||2 h 30||54 €|
|Trains Rome - Milan||580 km||02 h 55||43 €|
|Trains Milan - Naples||773 km||04 h 11||53 €|
|Trains Frankfurt – Berlin||424 km||3 h 53||62 €|
|Trains Berlin – Munich||505 km||3 h 56||88 €|
|Trains Hamburg – Düsseldorf||342 km||3 h 07||36 €|
|Trains Barcelona – Paris||1075 km||6 h 33||69 €|
|Trains Lyon - Barcelona||637 km||5 h 06||82 €|
|Trains London - Paris||457 km||2 h 16||83 €|
|Trains London - Amsterdam||357 km||3 h 44||68 €|
*Prices listed in the table are for high-speed train tickets, taken from internal data using the Omio product (accurate: June 2019).