10 Fastest Trains of India by Maximum Speed in 2019

India’s railway industry is one of the top priorities of Ministry of Railways for both passenger and freight services. Indian Railways uses both electric and diesel locomotives for passenger trains as well as for freight, Electric locomotives WAP-5 or WAP-7 are used to attained maximum speed of passenger trains at some routes.

The average speed of Indian trains are from 36kmph to 112 kmph, Most of the super fast trains of India have an average speed between 70 and 80 km/h, Here is the top 15 India’s fastest trains of 2019 by speed.

Vande Bharat Express Train 18 – 180 km/h


Vande Bharat Express is currently the fastest train in India with maximum reached speeds of 180 km/h which is highest speed any train in India so far but IR restricted the speed of Train 18 to 130 km/h officially. The semi-high speed intercity Train 18 is also planned for the replacement of intercity trains like Rajdhani Express.

Train 19 is the successor project to Train 18 and another proposed premium train’s fleet of the Indian Railways, Also IR planning the development of Train 20.

Gatimaan Express – 160 km/h

Gatimaan Express is the first semi-high speed train of India, operates at a maximum speed of 160 km/h and currently second fastest train in India after Train 18.

Gatimaan Express runs between Delhi and Jhansi, hauled by WAP 5 electric locomotive from Ghaziabad and coaches are LHB coaches with executive and AC chair car.

Habibganj Delhi Shatabdi Express – 150 km/h

Habibganj New Delhi Shatabdi Express is the third fastest train of Indian railways with a maximum permissible speed of 150 km/h. The fastest Shatabdi Express runs between New Delhi and Habibganj, runs at an average speed of 84 km/h.

Sealdah Delhi Duronto Express – 135 km/h

Sealdah New Delhi Duronto Express is the fastest Duronto Express of Indian Railways that runs between Sealdah and New Delhi. The first and the fastest Duronto powered by WAP-4 Or WAP-7 locomotive wtih operating speed 135 km/h.

Delhi Airport Metro Express – 132 km/h

Delhi Airport Metro Express from yellow line of Delhi Metro has operating speed of 132 km/h, top speed of any Metro train of India. The yellow line Airport Express also has first check in facility outside an airport in South Asia.

Mumbai Rajdhani Express – 130 km/h

Mumbai Rajdhani Express is the fastest express train of Rajdhani class that runs between Mumbai and New Delhi. The Rajdhani Express is also the fastest train on the Mumbai Delhi route and first Rajdhani to get Alstom-LHB Coaches of Indian Railways.

Bandra Rajdhani was the fastest Rajdhani train of Indian Railways that used to operates with a maximum speed of 150 km/h but now been cancelled.

Howrah Rajdhani Express – 130 km/h

Howrah Rajdhani Express connects New Delhi to Howrah, was the first Rajdhani Express in India and also the most prestigious Rajdhani class train of Indian Railways.

Howrah Ranchi Shatabdi Express – 130 km/h

Howrah Ranchi Shatabdi Express operating speed is 130 km/h, hauled by Howrah based WAP 4 or WAP 7 for its entire journey. The Shatabdi Express trains are return to the station of origin the same day.

Bandra Nizamuddin Garib Rath Express – 130 km/h

Bandra Terminus Hazrat Nizamuddin Express train is part of the Garib Rath category of Indian Railways and among the fastest trains of India, hauled by a Ghaziabad based WAP 5 or WAP 7 locomotive and maximum speed is 130 kmph.

The superfast express train of Garib Rath are fully air-conditioned trains with more seats and berths plus do not provide free bedding or food. Maximum speed of Garib Rath is 130 kmph but current operating speed is 82 km/h.

Howrah Anand Vihar Yuva Express – 130 km/h

The superfast train of Indian Railways connects Anand Vihar Terminal of Delhi with Kolkata, Regularly hauled by WAP 4 or WAP 7 locomotive with maximum speed as 130 km/h but operating speed is 82 kilometres per hour.

Few More Fast Trains of Indian Railways:

  • Mumbai Ahmedabad Double Decker Express (130 km/h) – Fastest Double Decker Express Train of India.
  • Lokmanya Tilak Nizamuddin AC Express (120 km/h) – Fastest AC Express Train of Indian Railways.
  • Kota Nizamuddin Jan Shatabdi Express (110 km/h) – Fastest Jan Shatabdi Express Train in India.
  • Mumbai CST Suvidha Superfast Express (110 km/h) – Superfast Suvidha Express Train.
  • Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express (110 km/h) – Fastest Sampark Kranti Express Train of Indian Railways.

Tejas Express, Humsafar Express and Uday Express are also among the fastest trains in India. IR has several different classes of trains, travel and seating classes, Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Duronto Express and Garib Rath Express gets the highest priority on Indian rail network.

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