It’s inevitable that in ten years’ time, we’ll witness some of the world’s fastest elevators that will take just a few seconds to reach the 100+ floors. And the technology used for the lift installation and lift maintenance will be the best you’ve ever seen.

The world is slowly but surely being dominated by skyscrapers, which are home to the world’s fastest lifts, due to the modern engineering. Some super-fast lifts can reach speeds up 20 meters per second, that’s 45mph. And if you thought that was impressive, how about if we told you that some of these ultra-fast lifts have heat resistant brakes, mitigate excess vibration, and an adjust for air pressure to prevent ear blockages?

Here are a few of the fastest elevators from some of the world’s tallest buildings.

  • 1930 Chrysler Building, New York City, 4.5 meters per second.
  • 1931 Empire State Building, New York City, 7.1 meters per second.
  • 1974 Willis Tower, Chicago, 8.1 meters per second.
  • 2004 Taipei 101, Taipei, 16.8 meters per second.
  • 2010 Burj Khalifa, Dubai, 10 meters per second.
  • 2014 One World Trade Centre, New York City, 10.2 meters per second.
  • 2015 Shanghai Tower, Shanghai 18 meters per second.
  • 2016 CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, 20 meters per second.


You can’t beat a speedy lift, and in all fairness, no one wants to travel in an old rust bucket of a lift that can take an eternity to reach the top. It is predicted that the next generation of lifts will hit record breaking speeds of 4,000ft per minute. Imagine the lift maintenance on that?