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Countries with High Speed Rail Networks

There are 26 countries in the world that have rail lines with a speed in excess of over 200 km/h. How many can you name?
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Last updated: June 17, 2019
First submittedDecember 23, 2017
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System Length
Answer
31,000 km
China
3,300 km
France
3,240 km
Spain
3,045 km
Germany
2,765 km
Japan
1,706 km
Sweden
1,377 km
United Kingdom
1213 km
Turkey
1,191 km
Italy
1,104 km
South Korea
944 km
Finland
845 km
Russia
700 km
Greece
System Length
Answer
624 km
Portugal
600 km
Uzbekistan
453 km
Saudi Arabia
352 km
Austria
345 km
Taiwan
326 km
Belgium
186 km
Morocco
175 km
Netherlands
143 km
Poland
103 km
Norway
92 km
Switzerland
65 km
Denmark
54.6 km
United States
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level 59
Dec 23, 2017
Why does Denmark need a train that goes 125 mph just to go 3 miles?
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level 76
Dec 24, 2017
The 5 km is the end of the Swedish route, goes through a tunnel from Copenhagen into Sweden.
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level 71
Feb 14, 2018
Is that what those tracks are that go into a tunnel on that cool little island where the E20 bridge goes across? I've never been, but I like to tool around on Google Earth :-)
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level 58
Dec 24, 2017
I guess you have more than 5km HS trains in Denmark : the ICE, german, network goes also to denmark https://www.interrail.eu/en/trains-europe/high-speed-trains/ice
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level 53
Dec 26, 2017
The german ICE trains might go into Denmark, but they are never able to operate with more than 200 km/h there
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level 73
Dec 30, 2017
Real missed opportunity for the USA here! Not to mention Australia. Lived in Japan for 9 years and used the bullet trains many times. Beats flying every time.
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level ∞
Feb 13, 2018
We're bad at building stuff in the U.S.

But the bigger issue is population density. Japan has 10 times the population density of the United States and 100 times that of Australia.

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level 63
Feb 13, 2018
Many parts of the US have a population density comparable to European countries that have a decent train system.
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level 73
Feb 13, 2018
High speed rail would suit certain corridors in the US. NY to Boston for example.
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level 71
Feb 14, 2018
That's where it's starting up in the US, and I believe there are plans to expand throughout the Northeast Corridor, from DC to Boston. The one I really don't understand is Canada. Although they're big, thee population does largely live in a more-or-less straight line across the southern part of the country where major highways and VIA Rail already transverse, no? Canadians aren't exactly homebodies!
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level 67
Feb 14, 2018
Feasible between Montreal and Toronto. Not likely between Windsor and Quebec City. Certainly not across the country. Just Winnipeg to Toronto (the biggest "city" in between is Sudbury. Never heard of it?) is over 2,000 kms.
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level 71
Feb 14, 2018
Similar to the US (and Canada?) Australia has fairly high population density along the strip between Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne. A modern rail connection is in the planning stages - hopefully when the politics is out of the way, this will go ahead with high speed transport for freight and people
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level 61
Jun 16, 2018
Australia is years behind the times. Also too many vested interests... don't want high speed rail as a viable alternative to flying.
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level 45
Jun 16, 2018
Unfunded tax cuts and the resulting massive budget shortfalls resulting from them, plus the outsize influence of the rich and corporations, will do that to ya.
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level 66
Jun 18, 2018
The distances are too vast in Australia, Canada, and the U.S. to make train travel a more attractive mode of transit than flying (Boston to Santa Fe, NM is about the same distance as Paris to Kiev). In the densely populated Boston-NYC-Washington corridor, we have the Acela Express, which reaches 240 kmh. Australia and Canada have similar proposals for some of their metro areas that are in close proximity. Another wrinkle, of course, is that trains that only go from point A to point B are a lot less attractive to a population that is fairly well-off and owns comfortable automobiles. That is just one of the many problems with California's ridiculous and unwanted bullet train. I say all this as someone who loves train travel, and has taken the train across the U.S. on multiple occasions.
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level 73
Jun 19, 2018
I need a few no-show jobs. It would really increase my productivity.
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level 65
Jun 18, 2019
Yet Uzbekistan, with 1/20th the land area and a lower population density, still has 12 times the high speed rail as the US...
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level 66
Jun 18, 2019
jayhiatt compares the fact that Uzbekistan has twelve times as much high speed rail as the U.S., but neglects to mention that Uzbekistan only has 37 automobiles per 1,000 people, whereas the U.S. has 797 per 1,000. To say nothing of an economy that allows even the poorest people to fly to most places that rail could service, and a lot more besides.
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level 73
Feb 14, 2018
The USA prioritized freight trains over passenger routes like Amtrak.
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level 76
Jun 16, 2018
I would love to take the train more often, but in my area Amtrak uses the privately-owned freight train tracks and the freight trains have priority on their own tracks, which causes many delays as the passenger trains must take sidings to wait for oncoming freight trains. Those delays are what make Amtrak unpopular in the flyover states - it's not unusual to have many hours of delay, and it often makes it impossible to make connections. Also, the train stations are usually located in old, rundown parts of towns and cities with no connecting services to airports or hotels, and no security whatsoever. I take the train if I want a leisurely trip and am in no hurry, and someone can be on standby to meet me. Otherwise I have no option other than to fly or drive, and I can't even take the train to the airport. With the current system and the vast territory to cover, it will never be cost effective to keep passenger trains running across the US except in the most densely populated areas.
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level 71
Jun 23, 2019
The reason the US doesn’t have passenger trains to any reasonable degree can be easily summed up in three words: The automotive lobby.
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level 86
Feb 13, 2018
Why isn't "USA" an acceptable type-in?
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level ∞
Feb 13, 2018
Fixed
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level 60
Feb 13, 2018
What's with the Uzbeks? Why would they have a high speed rail, just seems like an odd location. Kudos to them.
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level 75
Feb 14, 2018
I think they're surprisingly prosperous, im sure I've read there's massive oil and mineral wealth there.
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level 67
Jun 19, 2019
Uzbekistan is also one of those countries with a densely populated corridor. The high speed line runs between Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara.
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level 76
Feb 13, 2018
Like everyone, I got everything but Uzbekistan. That's a big drop from second least to least guessed! (82% to 18% at the moment)
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level 71
Feb 13, 2018
I don't think any of us expected Uzbekistan!
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level 60
Feb 14, 2018
I even wanted to type it but after Kazachstan i said nah to myself :(
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level 71
Feb 15, 2018
Indeed. When I saw it I was like "wow, now that is random".
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level 74
Feb 20, 2018
Same here, Kazakhstan has fast Talgo trains but apparently they don't go over 200, so I didn't try others. However, Uzbekistan has much larger population despite much smaller size, and even that is mostly concentrated in the east.
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level 75
Jun 16, 2018
Bizarrely I did this quiz straight after finishing a journey from Samarkand to Bukhara on the Afrosiyob - the Uzbek version of the bullet train. Very comfortable it is too.
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level 53
Jun 17, 2018
I knew it from a Wendover Productions video.
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level 63
Oct 14, 2018
nobody expects the Uzbekistan Railways
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level 70
Jun 17, 2019
well played
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level 77
Feb 14, 2018
wow, 25,000 km
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level 51
Feb 15, 2018
it's very far
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level 77
Jun 18, 2019
And they've added 6,000 km more in the past year!?
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level 60
Feb 14, 2018
I wanted to type Uzbekistan but after i tried Kazachstan i decided not to...
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level 71
Feb 15, 2018
After Kazakhstan didn't work I didn't even bother trying any of the central asian countries.
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level 75
Feb 14, 2018
There was a YouTube video about Why the railroad system in USA is bad that made by Wendover Production. In that video It mentions USA has less high speed train tracks than Poland, Turkey and Uzbekistan. I'm from Turkey so I knew it, I can guess Poland too but I owe Uzbekistan to that video. Thanks Wendover Production :) Btw link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbEfzuCLoAQ
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level 52
Feb 15, 2018
At 200 km/h you cover the entire Danish high speed network in about 90 seconds!
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level 71
Feb 15, 2018
The US is a joke. Freaking Uzbekistan has more high speed rails than the we do.
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level 66
Feb 15, 2018
Makes sense. Our cities are very spread out, and flying and driving are cheap.
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level 74
Feb 20, 2018
There are some very concentrated parts though, with huge traffic jams and busy air corridors, where high speed rail would absolutely make sense: SF-LA, DC-Boston at least, possibly Florida and later Chicago-NYC, Seattle-Vancouver, ...
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level 50
Aug 7, 2019
In Europe all high speed lines are connected up so a train could theoretically go from London to southern Italy at 300 kph. This is like the length of the east coast of the usa.
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level 70
Mar 7, 2018
That's because of the cheap Oil. Flying and driving is a lot cheaper. For instance, driving in The Netherlands means paying more than 2 dollars per liter for gas, cars are more expensive and there's loads of traffic.
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level 60
Jun 16, 2018
Many Americans prefer the independence of driving themselves no matter what the inconvenience.
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level 59
Feb 15, 2018
what about Saudi Arabia? they have just started one to Mecca
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level 74
Feb 20, 2018
Apparently not finished yet.
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level 39
May 10, 2018
Uzbekistan? Random!!
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level 66
May 22, 2018
Portugal and Greece have lines over 200 km/h as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-speed_rail_in_Europe#/media/File:High_Speed_Railroad_Map_of_Europe.svg
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level 57
Jun 16, 2018
Given that there has been a lot of political focus on HS2 in the UK, I am surprised to see the UK so high up on this list. Other than HS1 (London to Dover) where are the other high-speed rail lines?
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level 57
Jun 16, 2018
Ah, I've just checked the source and found out that some older major lines have been upgraded to go at faster speeds, such as the line linking London and Glasgow.
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level 64
Jun 17, 2018
The main lines in the UK are operated at 200kph, with leeway to upgrade to 225. HS2 is planned to operate at speeds of up to 400kph.
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level 51
Jun 16, 2018
Is the Acela Express stopped now or the distance from Washington to Boston is only 44km ?
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level 72
Jun 16, 2018
I assume that only 44 km are graded as high speed rail. The areas around the cities especially have significantly lower posted speed limits.
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level 55
Jun 16, 2018
Indeed, Portugal, the line Porto-Lisbon speed goes up to 220-230, In Greece as well, and in fact Liechtenstein indeed also has a highspeed railwa, though it does not stop there. Would you please confirm it? thanks a lot...regards
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level 58
Jun 16, 2018
The 600km one completely threw me off. I would never have guessed it. The only thing standing between me and that perfect score!
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level 79
Jun 16, 2018
Even if this quiz had been 10 minutes long, I probably still would not have guessed the United States. Derp.
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level 65
Jun 16, 2018
I'm not surprised at how low the U.S. is, but it is a bit ridiculous that Taiwan, a country half the size of West Virginia by area has nearly 8 times the length of high speed rail as the entire U.S. And unlike the comparably-sized European countries, Taiwan is an island, so it's not even rail lines connecting to other countries.
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level 77
Jun 16, 2018
It's a car culture.
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level 69
Jun 17, 2019
East Asian countries in general tend to invest a lot of money into infrastructure
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level 62
Jun 16, 2018
I got all but Uzbekistan, just like everyone else
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level 45
Jun 17, 2018
Finished the quiz with Taiwan with one second left. I was expecting Uzbekistan since I went there three years ago and took a high-speed train during my visit.
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level 62
Jun 17, 2018
Glad to see Uzbekistan!
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level 31
Jun 18, 2018
Well, I missed Korea and Uzbekistan. Though I would have never guessed the latter!
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level 68
Jun 18, 2018
Somewhat surprised to see the UK on here as, being a regular rail user in Britain, I rarely experience speeds higher than 10mph. And that's if the train even turns up at all.
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level 44
Jun 19, 2018
Thanks Xarnac, made my day :)
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level 55
Apr 30, 2019
Hmm. Maybe this quiz should be updated? New countries have been added to the list, notably Morocco.
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level 67
Jul 6, 2019
Really? I've been travelling on Moroccan railways recently and not yet met anything that goes that fast.
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level 51
Jun 6, 2019
Statistics needed to be updated along with the addition of Morocco and Saudi Arabia
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level 50
Jun 18, 2019
why isn't Hong Kong included in this list?
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level 86
Jun 18, 2019
Really? Level 33 (at the time of writing) and you ask that question... Or were you fishing and I took the bait?!?
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level 57
Jun 18, 2019
You forgot to add a comma between 1 and 2 in '1213' for Turkey.
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level 57
Jun 23, 2019
Please add the comma, thanks
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level 25
Jun 19, 2019
5 seconds before time runs out "Ahh five left, can't think... Lets chuck down a random country which has no chance of being on there." Brain: Uzbekistan
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