List Of Top 10 Fastest Trains In India (2023)

Fastest Trains In India

Last Updated: 12 March 2023

In India, all the Fastest Trains available are known as Express Trains.

Unlike other trains in India, Express trains make a small number of stops, usually major destinations. This allows faster service than local trains that stop at most or all of the stations along their route.

Limited stops for the Express Trains make them obtain the highest speeds of any train in India. The speed of these Express Trains has been calculated from the latest Indian Railways timetable.

Here is a list of the Top Fastest trains in India which are known for their fastest speed in 2023. Train speeds are given in Km/hr.

List Of Top Fastest Trains In India

No.Train NameCategoryMax Speed (Km/hr)Avg Speed (Km/hr)
1Vande Bharat Express Train 18Train 1818096.8
2Delhi – Jhansi Gatimaan ExpressGatimaan Express16091
3New Delhi Habibganj Shatabdi ExpressShatabdi Express15089
4Bandra Rajdhani ExpressRajdhani Express15097.8
5Sealdah – New Delhi Duronto ExpressDuronto Express13585
6Delhi Airport Metro ExpressDelhi Metro13295
7Howrah – Anand Vihar Yuva ExpressYuva Express13082
8Howrah Rajdhani ExpressRajdhani Express13085
9Howrah Ranchi Shatabdi ExpressShatabdi Express13074
10Bandra Terminus Hazrat Nizamuddin Garib Rath ExpressGarib Rath13082
11Mumbai Central – Ahmedabad Double Decker ExpressDouble Decker13069
12Visakhapatnam – New Delhi AP ExpressAndhra Pradesh Express13076
13Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Hazrat Nizamuddin AC ExpressAC Express12076
14Patna – Mumbai CST Suvidha Superfast ExpressSuvidha11063
15Maharashtra Sampark Kranti ExpressSampark Kranti Express11069
16Kota Hazrat Nizamuddin Jan Shatabdi ExpressJan Shatabdi11071
India doesn’t have any railways with operational speeds exceeding 200 km/h (120 mph). Trains classified as High-Speed Rail (HSR) exceed the speed of 200 km/h by international standards.

Therefore, India does not have any railways that can be classified as High-Speed Rail (HSR). Trains in the future with top speeds of 250–300 km/h will be available in India by 2040.

The current fastest train in India is the Vande Bharat Express Train 18 also popularly known as Train 18 with an operational speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) and an average speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).

It runs between New Delhi-Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, and New Delhi-Varanasi.

N.B: The trains in India have a five-digit and four-digit numbering system.

Facts About Indian Railways

  • Indian Railways was founded on 8th May 1845.
  • Indian Railways manages the Fourth-largest railway network in the world by size, with a total route length of 126,611 km (78,610 mi) as of 31 December 2021.
  • 45,881 km (28,509 mi) or 35% of all the broad-gauge routes are electrified with 25 kV 50 Hz AC electric traction as of 1 April 2021.
  • In the fiscal year ending March 2020, Indian Railways carried 808.6 crores (8.086 billion) passengers and transported 121.23 crores (1.2123 billion) tonnes of freight.
  • Indian Railways runs 1 lakh (100,000) passenger trains daily, on both long-distance and suburban routes, covering 7,325 stations across India.
  • Mail or Express trains, the most common type of trains, run at an average speed of 50.6 km/h (31.4 mph). Suburban EMUs run at an average speed of 37.5 km/h (23.3 mph). Ordinary passenger trains (incl. mixed) run at an average speed of 33.5 km/h (20.8 mph). The maximum speed of passenger trains varies, with the Gatimaan Express running at a peak speed of 160 km/h (99 mph).
  • The Vande Bharat Express, previously known as Train 18, is a semi-high-speed, electric multiple-unit train operated by Indian Railways on 5 routes as of November 2022. It was designed and manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) under the leadership of Sudhanshu Mani at Perambur, Chennai under the Make in India initiative.
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