High-Speed Trains in Europe

This infographic shows Europe's high-speed rail network, the number of high-speed passengers, the market share in comparison to air travel, the length of high-speed rail in Europe and other facts & figures.

The highest number of High-Speed Passengers can be found in France and Germany.

The rail network shares a market with air travel due to the train speed and journey time in routes like: Madrid-Seville, Paris-London, Paris-Brussels, Madrid-Barcelona. Most of the passengers that are traveling on those routes prefer to use the train instead of air travel.

Facts & Figures

First: The world's first HSR line opened in 1964, in Japan between Tokyo and Osaka. Europe's first dedicated HSR line opened in Italy between Rome and Florence.

Fastest: The world record for the fastest conventional train is held by a French TGV which reached 574,8 kmph (357,2 mph) in April 2007. TGV says its regular high-speed trains reach speeds of up to 320kmph (200mph).

Track: Construction of 1 km of new high-speed line in Europe costs between $15-37 million according to the International Union of Railways (UIC).

Train: Construction of a 350-seat high-speed train in Europe costs between $25-31 million, according to the UIC. 

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