We’ve traveled on the TGV (one of France’s high-speed rail operators) twice now – from Paris to Strasbourg (2:20) and from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe (40 mins) and I am impressed! With a top speed of 385 kph (!) the ride is amazingly smooth and quiet given the outrageous speed. A great way to travel.
Although 385 kph is fast the French have been pushing it further. Last year they hit 574 kph, the record for the fastest conventional train speed. Check it out:
I highly recommend using TGV to travel Europe!