Fastest Trains in Europe

Europe has dozens of leading train manufacturer. The companies building advanced high-speed trains and also exports globally. The first high-speed rail lines built in 1980. Nowadays several European countries have high-speed train lines. European railway operators investing densely on upgrading railway lines. Rail tourism is popular in Europe which provides sleeping, dining, and train journey within beautiful scenery.

European Union’s having socio-economic benefits from high-speed rails. The EU has invested over 23.7 billion to support high-speed rail infrastructure since 2000. Europe’s high-speed lines expanded 9,000 km, the commission’s target of tripling the length of high-speed rails lines by 2030, covering almost entire Europe.

10 Fastest Trains in Europe

RankTrain NameSpeedOperatorManufacturer
1Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR 1000)400 km/hTrenitaliaHitachi Rail Italy
2Talgo AVRIL HSR380 km/hRenfeTalgo
3AGV Italo380 km/hNuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV)Alstom
4Siemens Velaro E370 km/hEurostarSiemens
5AVE Class 102/Talgo 350350 km/hRenfeTalgo, Bombardier
6ICE 3330 km/hDeutsche Bahn, Nederlandse SpoorwegenSiemens
7SNCF TGV320kmphSNCFAlstom and Bombardier
8ETR 500 Frecciarossa300kmphTrenitaliaTREno Veloce Italiano (TREVI)
9Thalys PBKA300 km/hThalysGEC-Alsthom
10Talgo 250250 km/hRenfeTalgo and Bombardier

Europe’s high-speed rail demand growing steadily. Over 26% of member states rail passengers travel through high-speed services where available.

EU co-funding for high-speed rail by Member states (2000-2017)

  • Spain – 47.3%
  • Germany – 11.4%
  • Italy – 8.6%
  • France – 8.4%
  • Poland – 8.4%
  • Greece – 4.4%
  • Austria – 4.2%
  • Portugal – 3.9%
  • Other Member states – 3.4%

Facts to Know:

  • Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR 1000) is the fastest train in Europe, it can gain a speed up to 400 km/h.

    Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR 1000)
    Photo by Ernesto Imperato via Flickr
  • The high-speed train is a popular and efficient method of transport in Europe.
  • European train operators planned to build many high-speed train lines.
  • France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom receive EU (European Union) funding for railway upgrading and development.
  • There are many high-speed train manufacturer in Europe, and upgrade railway tracks for high-speed railway network.
  • European Union countries and other European countries connected each other by high-speed rail lines.
  • In short, High-speed trains decreased travel times. as a result, business activities improved.
  • Many high-speed train lines are under construction in European countries.
  • China has the longest high-speed rail tracks, with over 25,000 km while Europe has 9,000 km in use.
  • Spain has the longest high-speed rail lines in Europe, with 3,100 km and the second longest in the world right behind China.
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