After a long-haul flight to Shanghai, it’s a relief to bypass snarled traffic by catching the Shanghai Maglev Train, whose top speed of 268 mph makes it faster than any race car. High-speed rail has improved the travel experience in a growing number of countries. If you’re traveling abroad, catch a ride on one of these high-speed trains. | Joe Yogerst, Travel + Leisure

Japan’s famous bullet trains come in many different shapes and styles, none faster than the new Shinkansen E5. Nicknamed the Duck-Billed Platypus because of its distinctive nose, the sleek train serves the 419-mile Tōhoku route between Tokyo and Aomori at the northern end of Honshu Island. The E5 also features some of the industry’s poshest interiors: Gran Class see more