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In the new Pokemon Go update on August 8th, the change log (on iOS) said:

Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving to continue playing

I tested it out as a passenger:

I know recently people have been getting soft banned while on trains. Does getting this notification increase your risk of getting soft banned? Are we still allowed to travel on trains, buses, or as a passenger while playing Go?

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  • I think it's about 40km/h. Source: Personal Experience Aug 9 '16 at 5:59
  • @MarioGarcia Before this message displays? We were going 120km/h when I opened the app so I don't know.
    – Insane
    Aug 9 '16 at 6:04
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    I opened the app before entering the car, and when we went over 40km/h the message showed up. Only happened once, didn't show up again, even we stopped again. I'm using Android btw Aug 9 '16 at 6:18
  • I live in a 30 kph zone and even there it pops up.
    – dly
    Aug 10 '16 at 6:00
  • I walked into a building and then left within 10 seconds and the warning showed up. The algorithm leaves a lot to be desired. This thing effectively make the power saver useless because it blocks Pokemon vibration notification when I'm on the bus every time it stops.
    – Nelson
    Aug 11 '16 at 2:04
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There's been a lot of speculation about this, as it's not clear what the exact speed is. However, from the forums and comments I've read, I'd expect that the maximum speed for distance traveled to count towards hatching eggs is 10-12mph. Here and here state that the speed for egg hatching is ~10mph, from user experience.

As for maximum overall speed, that's a little more hazy. The current hypothesis is that if you can reach a location by legitimately traveling there (whether it be a plane, train, or car), there is a low likelihood that you will be soft banned. Here is a related question that discusses distance and speed while traveling when playing Pokemon Go, with regard to soft bans.

From personal experience, I've played the game in the car as a passenger going about 80mph on the freeway. It is usually too fast to select and swipe PokeStops, but Pokemon do still show up. Granted, it is hard to tap them fast enough to try and catch them, and most of them run away if you don't catch them on the first throw, but it seems that it doesn't induce a soft ban. In Ingress (Niantic's first AR-geolocation game), the speed limit was around 35mph, as stated here. Above that speed, the game would not function. Fortunately, it seems to be higher than that for Pokemon Go.

TL;DR There are two maximum speeds, one for counting towards hatching eggs, which seems to be ~10mph, and one at which the game will not function, which seems to be at least higher than freeway speed (~70mph).

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  • I'm in Hong Kong and the buses does not travel anywhere close to 70 mph (~110 km/h). At best it is 80 km/h. Sometimes it goes off if I walk under a structure and lose GPS for a short while.
    – Nelson
    Aug 11 '16 at 2:06

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