VPN Speed Testing Tool | Results Updated Daily

The first and only VPN speed testing tool on the market that monitors providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with real-time speed data.


We know that the number one issue that people care about with regards to VPNs is speed, every VPN user wants the fastest VPN.

Unfortunately, most VPN comparison sites don’t test speed in a scientific way. Testing a VPN from home or an office, via WiFi, via a speed testing website doesn't give accurate and repeatable scientific data. So what’s the solution?

ProPrivacy.com’s testing methodology:

We have testing servers in the USA and South Africa, and these servers test all VPN company speeds every eight hours (three times a day).

  • We test various locations across the VPN companies
  • We average these out to give a speed score to each VPN

Speedtest Counter


Tests done last 7 days


Tests done last 30 days


Total tests done

  • We test downloading the same amount of data in the same way across VPNs, so the measurement is scientific.
  • We store all historic data and make the last seven days' figures available to the public.

This method means that all speed tests are done in exactly the same way for every VPN, without WiFi connections, internet connections, or speed test websites affecting the results - which they do, massively.

The Results - The Five Fastest VPNs

* Other provider's speeds are shown lower down on the page

Place Provider Average Speed Max Speed Visit Site
1. 75.11 Mbit/s 142.48 Mbit/s Visit Site
2. 68.97 Mbit/s 88.18 Mbit/s Visit Site
3. 64.31 Mbit/s 83.00 Mbit/s Visit Site
4. 63.28 Mbit/s 78.50 Mbit/s Visit Site
5. 62.57 Mbit/s 95.31 Mbit/s Visit Site

Which VPNs Do We Test?

We test the following VPN services, and their average speeds over the last 7 days are shown in (brackets):

Speedtest List

  1. Astrill VPN (75.112 Mbits/s)
  2. Ivacy (68.968 Mbits/s)
  3. PureVPN (64.31 Mbits/s)
  4. ExpressVPN (63.282 Mbits/s)
  5. ProtonVPN (62.566 Mbits/s)
  6. NordVPN (61.27 Mbits/s)
  7. VeepN (57.674 Mbits/s)
  8. CyberGhost VPN (48.656 Mbits/s)
  9. PrivateVPN (47.462 Mbits/s)
  10. StrongVPN (46.346 Mbits/s)
  11. Surfshark (46.046 Mbits/s)
  12. GOOSE VPN (45.192 Mbits/s)
  13. Hide.me (44.918 Mbits/s)
  14. Mullvad (44.678 Mbits/s)
  15. CactusVPN (42.928 Mbits/s)
  16. VyprVPN (40.704 Mbits/s)
  17. Private Internet Access (40.694 Mbits/s)
  18. OVPN (40.032 Mbits/s)
  19. TunnelBear (38.374 Mbits/s)
  20. AirVPN (36.448 Mbits/s)
  21. AzireVPN (26.188 Mbits/s)
  22. VPNArea (19.974 Mbits/s)
  23. RusVPN (18.56 Mbits/s)
  24. ZenMate VPN (18.138 Mbits/s)
  25. HMA (0 Mbits/s)
  26. IPVanish (0 Mbits/s)

If you would like us to test a VPN that isn't on the list, send us a message.

What Are Average Speed and Max Speed/Burst?

Weighted Speedtest Result is the average of all speed tests across countries, weighted towards local connections, as we've found slightly more people use VPNs within their own country. It is a great indication of performance, as it contains hundreds of readings from across the globe. These readings push VPNs as fast as they go, so the results are not restricted by the speeds of our servers, which all use ultra-fast 1Gbit/s connections. Basically, this means we push the VPNs as fast as they will go!

For those who are curious, our weighing calculation is as follows: 60% of the speed measurement is cross-continent and 40% is local connections (same country), since our research suggests that's how most people use a VPN. 

Max Speed/Burst is a local download via a content distribution network (CDN), so a download from a UK server to a UK server, for example. This gives a max speed indication for nearby traffic. This is not an indication of quality performance across the board, but it's still interesting to see.

A thought on VPNs

Speed is important when picking a VPN, but many other factors should also be taken into account, such as your location, the devices you are using, or what you want a VPN for. If you are using a VPN for torrenting or using a VPN to stream, speed is important. 

Written by: Pete Zaborszky

Founder of ProPrivacy.com and privacy advocate even before Edward Snowden's revelations. Computing graduate from Imperial College London. Speaker at cybersecurity conferences e.g. IPExpo and regularly speaks on tech podcasts.


Aziz Ur Rehman
on June 3, 2020
I have noticed Nordvpn Speed Increased inspeed tests. Is it due to new protocol? Also i dont see hotspot shield added to the list. It would be great to see how it performs using its hydra protocol.
Quick Brown Fox replied to Aziz Ur Rehman
on October 23, 2020
Nord VPN is able to increase its speed by implementing the Wireguard protocol via NordLynx, its own version of Wireguard. To use Nordlynx, go to the Settings button, click Auto-connect, then click " Choose a VPN protocol and server automatically," then slide its indicator from "On" to "Off," When you see the dropdown box, select "NordLynx Recommended." That's all there is to it.
Ray Walsh replied to Aziz Ur Rehman
on July 9, 2020
It is still using OpenVPN. If it is faster then it has just improved its network as far as we know.
on April 7, 2020
Good, informative article. Thanks for that. Would it be possible to share the data with results for each location too?
Douglas Crawford replied to Robert
on April 8, 2020
Hi Robert. We are currently working with our developers to improve these tests in various ways, and hopefully, this will allow us to automate the publication of more detailed results. Watch this space!
on November 5, 2019
To make it even more valuable and assist readers with making a truly informed evaluation it would be good to see the impact upon a constrained connection so reveal the overhead associated with using a VPN service (rather than raw throughput available from a service). An example would be to constrain the local connection to say 76 or 100 Mbit and record throughput achieved. The reduction in throughput expressed as a percentage would show loss in bandwidth observed associated with each VPN and in doing so provide a useful metric applicable to a typical user who may be interested in consuming a service.
Douglas Crawford replied to Paul
on November 11, 2019
Hi Paul. Yes. We have great speed test infrastructure, but aware that there are improvements in how this information can be presented (including exactly as you describe). Please watch this space as a series of changes are in the works.
on March 24, 2019
Just FYI, Mullvad replaced their expired root certificate on 22 March. That’s probably why it just took a dive in the performance list. Also, will there be (or are there) any tests using WireGuard? Reservations aside, it seems to be “the” protocol for performance.
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