These days, every frequent flyer has something to say about air travel, and it usually isn’t very nice. The intolerable seating, endless security checkpoints, canceled flights, awful food (when made available), and indifferent, rude employees make air travel one of our most stressful, hated activities.

But I ask you to consider this fantastic alternative – travel by train!

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There are a lot of reasons that make train travel a far more appealing way to reach your destination.

Railway travel offers scenic views

Train travel often takes you through scenic routes, allowing you to see more of the country and enjoy the journey. Trains generally travel at ground level or on elevated tracks, allowing passengers a closer view of the surrounding landscapes. At a lower altitude than airplanes, trains pass through valleys, forests, countryside, and urban areas, providing a more intimate and detailed perspective of the scenery.

Trains typically travel slower than airplanes, allowing passengers to enjoy the scenery more leisurely. This slower pace allows for a better opportunity to appreciate the passing landscapes and observe the region’s natural beauty or architectural features.

Many trains are designed with large windows, panoramic views, or even observation cars specifically built to enhance the scenic experience. These windows provide unobstructed views of the passing landscapes, fully immersing passengers in their surroundings’ beauty.

More comfortable seating

Train seats are generally larger and more comfortable than airplane seats, with more legroom and space to move around. Trains typically provide more legroom compared to airplanes. Train seats are generally more spacious, allowing passengers to stretch their legs and move around more comfortably during the journey. This extra legroom contributes to a more relaxed and comfortable seating experience.

Train seats are often wider than airplane seats, providing more space for passengers to sit comfortably. The broader seats allow for better support and freedom of movement, reducing the feeling of being cramped or restricted. Unlike airplanes, where movement is limited during the flight, trains generally offer more freedom to move around. Passengers can walk along the train’s corridors, visit dining cars, or explore different sections of the train, which can help alleviate discomfort and promote better circulation during long journeys.

Family traveling by train
Family traveling by train

More room for luggage

Trains generally offer more space for luggage than airplanes, with overhead compartments and designated areas for larger items. Trains are designed with generous storage areas designated explicitly for passenger luggage. Train cars often feature overhead compartments, luggage racks, or dedicated storage spaces near the seats. These areas are designed to accommodate various sizes of bags, suitcases, and other personal items, providing sufficient room for passengers to stow their luggage conveniently.

Train travel generally offers more flexibility in terms of luggage policies. Unlike airplanes that often impose strict weight and size restrictions, trains are generally more accommodating. Passengers are allowed to bring multiple bags, and there is usually no limit on the weight of carry-on luggage. This flexibility in luggage policies ensures that passengers have enough space to store their belongings comfortably.

No baggage fees

Unlike air travel, train travel usually does not charge extra fees for luggage, making it a more affordable option. Unlike airlines, many train services do not charge additional fees for checked baggage. Passengers can typically bring their luggage on board without incurring any extra costs. This can be particularly beneficial for travelers with multiple or large bags, as they don’t have to worry about paying additional fees based on weight or size.

Train services often have more generous baggage allowances compared to airlines. Passengers are usually allowed to bring multiple bags, and carry-on luggage typically has no strict weight limits. This gives travelers more flexibility in packing and eliminates the need to prioritize or pay for extra baggage.

Also, railway travel generally offers more convenient and hassle-free handling of luggage. Passengers have easier access to their bags throughout the journey, as they can keep their luggage in the designated storage areas near their seats or in the overhead compartments. This eliminates the need for long walks to baggage claim areas or waiting for checked bags after the journey.

More environmentally friendly

Trains are more eco-friendly than airplanes, producing fewer carbon emissions per passenger. Trains have significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to planes. Trains are powered by electricity, and if that electricity comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar, or hydroelectric power, the emissions can be nearly zero. In contrast, airplanes rely heavily on fossil fuels, primarily jet fuel, which releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Trains are more energy-efficient than airplanes. Trains can carry many passengers and freight in a single journey, making more efficient use of energy per person or per unit of cargo transported. On the other hand, airplanes consume a significant amount of fuel per passenger, especially during takeoff and landing, where more energy is required.

Less hassle

Railway travel generally involves simpler and quicker check-in and security procedures than air travel. Passengers usually must arrive at the train station just a short time before departure and proceed directly to their platform.

There are no lengthy security screenings, removing the need to remove shoes, and belts, or undergo body scans. This streamlined process reduces waiting times and eliminates the stress of extensive security checks.

More flexibility

Train stations are often located in or near city centers, making them easily accessible for travelers. This can eliminate the need for additional transportation from remote airports to the city center, saving time and cost. Train stations are typically well-connected to local transportation networks, allowing passengers to reach their final destinations within the city easily.

Train rides are so comfortable

You can book a First Class private cabin for overnight travel and sleep in a real bed. Even the seats in Coach Class are roomier and more comfortable than the sardine-can seats on airplanes. You can stretch out and recline completely. You might wish to have a bottle of water, read a complimentary newspaper, and enjoy a fine meal prepared on board by a professional chef.

Train rides often involve reduced security procedure

Train travel can involve smoother transfers between different modes of transportation. For example, when traveling internationally, trains often connect directly to major airports, making it easier for passengers to transfer between train and plane for their onward journey. This seamless transition reduces the hassle and time spent on additional transfers or ground transportation.

While airlines no doubt arrive faster from departure to destination, we can only wish we could hop on our seats when we reach the airport and skip the long line for check-ins, luggage scans, human checkpoints, and the waiting time at the gate. Oh, this does not include delayed flights, missing luggage, or crying babies in the cabin.

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