Why You Should Choose A Train Journey Over A Flight
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Why You Should Choose A Train Journey Over A Flight

Zoe Kramer February 9, 2023

Some long-distance journeys necessitate flying, but others offer more flexibility. It’s tempting to choose a flight just because it will get you there faster, but there are plenty of reasons to choose a train instead. After all, life is about the journey, not just the destination. So if you haven’t tried a train journey before, it’s definitely worth a try. Here is why you should choose a train journey over a flight.

It’s Better For The Environment

Train journeys are a fantastic green option. While trains are not as eco-friendly as walking or biking, they are a much more manageable option for long distances, and they cause far less emissions than planes do. So you can travel while feeling good about your carbon footprint.

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Enjoy The Scenery

You can get some nice aerial views from a plane, but it’s hard to beat the scenery you can see on a train. Depending on the specific journey you’re taking, you can see all kinds of terrain and watch the most beautiful parts of the world pass by your window. There’s no better way to take in a season than by seeing it on a train.

Stop Along The Way

With a plane journey, you will usually be transported to your end destination or have a brief layover. With train journeys, there is quite a bit more flexibility if you want to explore different stops along the way. This allows you to see much more outside of just your ultimate destination, and take the trip at a slower pace if you want to.

Cheaper Tickets

Rail tickets are also quite a bit cheaper than airplane tickets. This makes taking the train a great option if you want to keep to a budget. For students in particular, those reduced prices can be a lifesaver. It also means you have more money to spend on other aspects of your trip, like accommodation, attractions, and food.

Avoid Airport Security

When you take a plane, it usually means long queues to get through security and all the hassle of navigating through airports. With trains, you don’t have to worry about this. You also don’t have to worry about how you pack, either, since there aren’t as many luggage restrictions for train journeys. You won’t have to separate out your liquids or any of the other things you’d normally have to do.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.