6. Shinkansen, Japan
It seems high speed trains are popping up all over the place today, but Japan’s world renowned Bullet Train was the original pioneer. Developed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, these rapid rails have efficiently transported some seven billion passengers throughout the years. The 300kmph (187mph) speed dramatically cuts the transportation time between Japan’s major cities. For example, the express Shinkansen can whoosh from Tokyo to Kyoto in less than two and a half hours, where the regular train takes nine.