For most parts of the United States, passenger rail is an afterthought. Even on the Northeast Corridor, where Amtrak’s Acela has a good-size market share, trains can sometimes be subject to long delays and achieve only moderately high speeds.
But as any international traveler can tell you, there are many countries where train travel is not only preferred, but also where the high-speed rail service can be faster than alternatives such as driving or even commercial flights. Some of these lines are world famous.
Here are five countries where rail is the fastest.