How long would your commute take on a hyperloop?

Credit: Hyperloop One.
Credit: Hyperloop One.

The futuristic transport system hyperloop promises to transform travel with speeds of up to 670mph.

It could dramatically improve journey times over long distances by strapping passengers into pods and propelling them through reduced-pressure tubes using magnets and electric motors.

Tests at 70mph and later 192mph on the Virgin Hyperloop One system proved successful earlier this year and should work continue to progress, the first hyperloop system could be operational by 2021.

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As the system moves from concept to reality, Virgin Hyperloop One has released a ‘route calculator’ tool, letting potential passengers see how much time they could save travelling between the world’s biggest cities – and how much smaller the world would seem.

London would be just 41 minutes away from Edinburgh rather than 2 hours 51 minutes on a high-speed train.

Los Angeles is 30 minutes away from Las Vegas rather than 2 hours and 8 minutes on a high-speed train.

And Paris is just 2 hours 51 minutes away from Moscow on a hyperloop system, rather than 6 hours by a plane.

Try out the Virgin Hyperloop One route calculator for yourself by clicking here. 

Read more: ‘Exciting but there are many problems to solve’ – one British engineer’s view of Hyperloop



    • Whilst I totally agree with your comment there are quite a lot of vocal people in the UK, who seem to hate anything to do with conventional rail services – mainly because they have either been inconvenienced by recent strikes or they are critical of the delays in completion of certain major projects. These people believe that Hyperloop is the transport technology of the 21st Century and should be completely embraced instead “outdated” rail technology. What they fail to understand is that rail will continue to be a major component of transportation and that Hyperloop, is yet unproven.

  1. The engineering’s simple.
    What’s not so simple, and will be needed before passengers use this, is a swift evolution of the human stomach.
    Combine unusual G forces, bumps and lurches, heavy acceleration and braking all with no horizon or other references and this will be an unpleasantly ‘green’ project.

  2. The problem is containing a train In a tube. If the vacuum is breached the train will stop as hard as running into a concrete wall, because there is little room for the air to pass the train in the tube. As far as the g force of exceleration and deceleration, are concerned they would be very low I would think, it’s not like the speed needs to be reached for lift off.


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