No longer than 60 years ago travelling by train was considered one of the most glamorous ways to get from one place to another. With holidaymakers choosing to take to the tracks and not the skies to travel long distances, so what happened?
Yes, we know that travelling by plane cuts the actual journey time in half (in most cases) but is it actually quicker or a more efficient way to travel overall.
In this blog post we will way up the pros of travelling by rail over air, to see after all – which method of travel comes out on top!
If you travelled by plane would you get to witness sights like this? I don’t think so.
Travelling by train allows you to experience some truly wonderful scenery and to really get a feel for the place you’re travelling through.
Sure, looking out of a tiny window at fluffy clouds it nice, but it’s not quite the Swiss Alps is it…
No waiting around
One of the best things about rail travel is that you don’t have to be at the train station hours before.
With an exception of Eurostar, which generally requires travellers to be there about an hour before their journey, many trains allow you to get there just a few minutes before their scheduled departure.
Which gives you more time to cram in some last-minute packing before you set out on your adventure.
Take as much as you like
No 10kg weight limits, no £40 fees to take a larger case…
When you travel by train you can take as much luggage as you like, within reason of course, and you don’t have to worry about paying extra or throwing your belongings away if you’re a few kg’s over the limit.
Sounds like a winner to us, and it means you can bring back as many souvenirs as you like!
One of the biggest burdens of air travel is the lack of space and there’s nothing worse than been crammed in against a window, having to squeeze past two people in the smallest space imaginable, each time you need to visit the loo or stretch your legs.
Well, if you travel by train, you won’t have this problem.
With generally only one person to the side of you, plenty of opportunities and larger isles available for a leg stretch, plus more leg room to give your feet a wiggle – travelling by train makes for a much comfier journey.
It’s no secret that the food served on planes is not the best quality and it is extremely overpriced.
Now, we know that planes don’t always have the best facilities, or a lot of space to prepare food, and this is often the reason for the slightly soggy cheese toastie that your met with at 30,000ft, but travelling by rail is a whole different world.
Three course meals served at your seat, gourmet meals prepared from scratch on board and made with local produce, buffet carts serving fresh sandwiches, teas and coffees – oh, our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
You can also bring your own pack up too, making train travel a foodies dream!
Better for the environment
It has been proven, time and time again, that travelling by train is a lot better for the environment than travelling by plane.
In fact, travelling by train is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel full stop, with only walking and cycling coming before it.
Plane travel on the other hand requires so much fuel just for take of and landing, never mind the actual journeys.
Planes are also the worst method of transport when compared to others, on the impact of greenhouse gasses produced per passenger – and that’s all without mentioning the amount of noise and heat pollution from the engines.
If you’re all about protecting the planet, leave the plane and board a train to Europe!
In conclusion, if you want to get somewhere quick, don’t mind a mooch around the airport, aren’t one for scenery and don’t mind small spaces than we’d recommend travelling by plane.
However, if you’d like to make the journey part of your holiday, than train travel is the way to go. Comfier seats, delicious meals and spectacular sights all make for a truly amazing experience.
Add to that you’re also doing your bit for the environment, train travel is definitely the clear winner in our opinion.