Trudy sums up 5 reasons that you should consider travelling by train when in Europe.
If I had the choice I would make every journey by train. As the technology improves and the high speed trains become ever more like something from a science fiction movie Tom and I continue to dream of zipping between Europe and The States (think Paris to New York in a matter of hours on some super fast futuristic train). For now though we need to make do with our beloved train travel just throughout Europe.
I will always opt for the train and here are 5 reasons why I think train travel beats plane travel.
Yes, looking at a flight time it may seem faster to jump on a quick flight but have you factored in how long it takes you to get to the airport; check in; go through customs then sit at the gate in uncomfortable seats while you wait to board? Many airports are actually situated quite some way from the city centre so don’t forget to factor in transport to AND from the airport to figure out your full travel time. Air planes are often more susceptible to delays than trains as well, in my experience anyway!
There is something so wonderful about rocking up at the train station, sitting down and not having to go through check in or security – ahhh so relaxing!
Again, it’s worth taking the time to add up the full cost of your travel. I’m planning a trip to London in November and because budget is always a consideration for us I decided to look at three different options – bus, train and plane. There was a sale on EasyJet so at first glance it appeared that would be the cheapest way but I decided to plot it all out to make sure.
Now the bus from Rotterdam to London takes 11 hours so that was already a huge disadvantage but even disregarding travel time this is what I was looking at:
|Train – Thalys||$$$||Plane – EasyJet||$$$||Bus – MegaBus||$$$|
|Return Rotterdam Blaak – London St Pancras||€100||Flight: Schipol Airport – London Stanstead Return||€75||Return Ticket Amsterdam – London||€37.70|
|Train Ticket to Schipol Airport Return||€13.20||Train Ticket to Amsterdam Return||€16.40|
|Bus Ticket from Stanstead to Central London -Return||€18.90|
For not even half the price, I definitely don’t think it’s worth taking the 11 hour bus and the train actual ends up cheaper than an EasyJet Flight!
If you factor in comfort, price and time train is clearly the best option here.
Because we all know how picky those budget airlines can be! If I want to have a bottle of water in my handbag, I don’t need to throw it away!
Trains are always so much more comfortable than sitting in a cramped budget airline flight. Thalys is a great example of this, I’ve only ever travelled second class with their trains in Europe and I can tell you they boast sumptuous velvet armchairs, eating lounges and even power points! Sitting in an armchair watching the French countryside flash by is also incredibly romantic.
Most importantly the carbon footprint that you leave on our beautiful Earth can be reduced from 50-90% when you choose to travel by train over plane. I’ve been trying to do some research as to just how much it is reduced and the information I found all varies but what it does agree on is that the impact to the environment when choosing to travel by train is remarkably less.
I found this site to be quite fascinating – you can add in all the variables of your journey and it compares the different impacts your journey will have on the Earth. I only wish I understood the science a little more.
So those are my arguments for why train travel is better than plane travel and when it is feasible I will always choose the train.
Even though in my example used above the train ended up being cheaper, if the train option happened to be a bit more expensive, if it’s still within my budget it is always something I will try to choose over a flight.
Do you agree? When possible do you travel by train?