Taking the train has long been popular all over the world mainly because of its affordability. To budget-conscious travellers train travel is looking increasingly attractive with the economy still slumping. Another advantage is that a train ride can be a picnic all by itself.
Here are some of the reasons why train is the most preferred mode of travel.
The airlines’ pricing structures can be frustrating and anyone who’s agonized over when to purchase airfare knows this. Train fares on any particular route will be the same day after day. During festival season flight ticket rates will be too high. On the other hand, train fares remain the same.
When compared to planes trains are increasingly cost-effective. This is especially the case if you are going a relatively short distance. Railways also give discounts to seniors, children, students, military personnel and more.
To take a short train ride you don’t have to take reservations. Only long-haul trains require reservations. For a short journey you can grab a ticket for the next train without paying an exorbitant charge.
To catch a flight you have to arrive two hours early, and wait in a long security line. It is a time consuming process. If you are travelling by train you can arrive at the platform 20 minutes ahead and needn’t go through any security checks.
All the major airlines charge travellers a fee to check-in a bag or two. And if there is excess baggage you will have to pay heavy fines. On the other hand, to carry bags and baggage in a train you are not charged anything.
Door-to- Door Convenience
Most major train stations unlike airports are located in the heart of cities. But airports are often in the suburbs. As a result you will have to take a taxi to reach airport for which you will have to spend more money.
When compared to cars and planes, trains are more energy-efficient and hence an eco friendly mode of transport. To the environment carbon emissions from trains are less damaging than those of airplanes.
Comfort and Relaxation
Airplane seats are very small and uncomfortable. But while travelling in a train there is much more space which allows you to relax. There is absolutely no stress at all. You can move around as you wish.
An overnight train journey has an old-fashioned charm. You will be served meals by uniformed staff or you can pack your favourite dishes and eat as a group. It is a lot of fun. You can also simply enjoy the scenery or read books or play cards with fellow travellers.
Beyond Just Transportation
As we mentioned earlier, a train journey itself is a vacation. If you are travelling to the US, take a train journey from Chicago to San Francisco. The ride is extremely scenic with breathtaking views.