Which country has the best high-speed train network?

Analysis reveals countries that have the world's most advanced train infrastructure with speeds up to 217mph.

China has the world’s most advanced high-speed rail network with more than 19,000 miles of high-speed tracks in operation and top speeds over 217mph.

That’s according to research carried out by travel and booking app Omio into the world’s best train networks, highlighting the economies which have invested in a truly high-speed alternative to air travel.

In Europe, Spain is the top ranked country with 562 miles of high-speed tracks under construction, and trains which currently hit speeds of 193mph. 

The top 20 were ranked according to the operational and record speed of the trains, the length of track in operation, and the length of track under construction.

 RANK  COUNTRY  IN OPERATION (miles)  UNDER CONSTRUCTION (miles)  OPERATING SPEED (mph)  RECORD SPEED (mph)  SCORE 
1 China 19,289 4,478 217 261 100
2 Japan 1,890 250 199 249 85.4
3 Spain 1,772 562 193 251 83.3
4 France 1,699 0 199 357 72.9
5 Germany 976 91 186 229 60.4
6 South Korea 551 0 190 262 58.3
7 Italy 557 33 186 245 56.3
8 Turkey 369 716 155 155 43.8
9 Austria 163 175 155 171 39.6
10 Saudi Arabia 281 0 186 227 33.3

Europe has six countries in the top 10 and is the only continent in which high-speed trains cross international borders. The Eurostar was first launched in 1994, connecting London, Paris, and Brussels. 

In France, the TGV Intercity rail has a record speed of 357 mph: the fastest worldwide.

In the UK, planning is ongoing for the much-anticipated High Speed 2 (HS2) line, with the first phase due to open in 2026. 

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