There are several modes of transport available today for traveling in Europe, but train travel versus plane travel is the most interesting.
However, which mode of transportation is the best? Read below to find out why.
Respectful of nature
Air travel is now recognized as the fastest growing contributor to global warming. Avoiding planes when there are easy alternatives to travel is probably the most important thing anyone can do to reduce their carbon footprint. Air pollution is greatly reduced by taking the train above the plane. In most European countries, rail networks are extensive and services are frequent, so you can be environmentally friendly without any sacrifice.
Traveling by plane usually means that you have to reserve your seat weeks, or even months, in advance to get a reasonable fare. Once you’ve booked your seat, it’s not easy to change your flights without paying a hefty fee. Although some trains require you to book your seats in advance, there is a lot more flexibility, especially if you need to change the time you want to travel.
Imagine taking a trip and not having to arrive two hours early, wait in a long security line, measure your fluids and gels, or take off your shoes for inspection. Welcome to the world of train travel. When traveling by plane, more time and care is needed. Traveling by train usually means you can arrive 30 minutes early and walk straight to your platform without any hassle.
Speed - faster door to door
Air travel is known to be one of the fastest ways to reach your destination, however, this only takes into account the flight itself. How long before your flight do you need to arrive to cross the long check-in and security line? If you have checked in a bag you have to wait to pick it up when you get to the other side – it takes a long time. Unlike airports, at train stations there is no check-in or security lines, so you don’t need to be at the station hours before your trip. Most of the major stations are located in the heart of the cities they serve. Most of the time, when you take the train, you arrive directly at your destination. However, by flying you could spend hours coming and going from the airport.
Over the past decade, train travel has become increasingly attractive to budget-conscious travelers. While flying to your destination is always an efficient way to reach your destination, there are additional costs that we usually overlook. When you consider your mode of transportation, you have to add the extra cost to get to and from the airport. This involves either the cost of fuel and parking, or the price of the airport bus or taxi. None of them are cheap.
Unless you’ve paid for business class, your space is usually limited on an airplane seat. In a train, you will be able to move more freely and you will have more legroom around your seats. During your flight, you must wait for the seat belt panel to turn off to move from your seat. However, on a train, you move down the aisles, having a bite or coffee in the snack car and watching the world go by. A scenic train ride can even be a holiday. Most European trains also offer free Wi-Fi, which cannot be said for all airlines yet.
Rail travel also allows you to travel comfortably with your beloved pet. Many pets are not suitable for air travel due to their health, age, or breed. Passengers on European trains can take dogs, cats and other small animals with them and most of the time at no additional cost!
Considering all of these factors, it is easy to see how train travel is becoming more and more prevalent today. Planes are handy for taking you to countries miles away. However, if you are traveling to Europe or other regions with excellent rail transport, train is the most efficient and comfortable mode of transport.