7 Reasons for Taking the Train on Your Next Vacation
Train Travel | September 20, 2017
Few journeys give you as much of a feel for a place and its unique geography than a journey by train. While all modes of moving passengers from place to place have their definite pros and cons, travel by train offers a welcome change from the hassle, inconvenience and stress these more commonly taken modes of travel can bring. Need more reasons to consider taking the train for your next vacation? Read on…
1. ARRIVE AND YOU’RE THERE
Imagine stepping off the train and literally being steps away from your hotel in the heart of your destination. Because many train stations in Europe are right in the middle of city centers, getting to your hotel is often as simple as a 5-minute walk. The net gain – money saved in expensive taxis and transfers, and more time to spend relaxing and enjoying your vacation.
2. NO LENGTHY LINES
Forget lengthy and elaborate security checks and cumbersome luggage lines that require you arrive at the airport hours in advance of your departure. In most cases, you can get to the train station 30 minutes prior to your departure, find your train and simply step onboard and stow your bags, with time to spare.
3. TRAVEL IN COMFORT
With roomier seats and more legroom on the vast majority of trains running through Europe and the UK, you’ll have more room to stretch out in your seat in a train as compared to a plane, and the added freedom to be able to get up as often as you like. And for overnight travel, the option of having a room with a bed and full meals in a dining car is a welcome alternative to the limitations of flying.
4. GO GREEN
Reduce your carbon footprint traveling by train vs. flying or driving. According to Amtrak in the US, traveling by rail is 30% more efficient than traveling by car, and 8% more efficient than domestic airline travel on a per-passenger-mile basis.
5. BE SAFE
As the potential hazards involved with air and automobile travel continue to grow, train travel remains a consistently safe alternative to flying and driving.
6. IT’S AN EXPERIENCE
Certainly, the experience of riding the train is a huge reason why people choose to embark on a rail vacation in the first place. The history of the journey and what you’ll see out the window, the slower pace, and the unprecedented views make for a truly unique and memorable experience.
7. AND HOW ABOUT THOSE VIEWS?
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