Fastest Trains in Europe

There are dozens of notable train manufacturers throughout Europe. The firms manufacture innovative high-speed trains and export them across the world. In 1980, the first high-speed rail lines were completed. Several European nations now have high-speed train lines. European railway companies are heavily investing in improving railway lines. Rail tourism is popular in Europe since it includes sleeping, dining, and a train ride through gorgeous landscapes.

High Speed Train
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High-speed rail provides socioeconomic benefits to the European Union. Since 2000, the EU has invested more than 23.7 billion euros in high-speed rail infrastructure. The length of Europe’s high-speed rail lines has increased by 9,000 kilometers, nearly double the commission’s aim of tripling the length of high-speed rail lines by 2030.

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

The need for high-speed rail in Europe is gradually increasing. Over 26% of train passengers in member countries use high-speed services when they are 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.
  • 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 several high-speed train manufacturers in France, and railway lines for high-speed railway networks are being upgraded.
  • European Union countries and other European countries connected each other by high-speed rail lines.
  • High-speed trains decreases travel times. as a result, business activities improved.
  • Many high-speed train lines are under construction in European countries.
  • China has the most high-speed rail tracks, totaling over 25,000 kilometers, whereas Europe has just 9,000 kilometers in service.
  • Spain has the longest high-speed rail lines in Europe, with 3,100 km and the second-longest in the world right behind China.