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Why taking the train is the best option

 

The train is one of the cleanest ways of transport, especially on longer distances. Compared to cars and airplanes, trains consume little energy and emit a lot less greenhouse gases. We've taken 3 popular routes and compared the emissions from trains, cars and planes. See for yourself!

Plane VS train

 

Flying from one destination to another in Europe can be quite cheap nowadays, with prices sometimes starting as low as €30 one way. Great deal right?! However, the planet pays the price for these cheap tickets... and it's not looking good.

 

Flying emits on average 6 times more greenhouse gases than a high speed trai. Short flights especially, are big polluters. Considering that European capitals are quite close to each other, there are a lot of shorter flights within Europe. Taking the train on these short routes, instead of flying, can really help in reducing the emissions of airplanes.

 

Berlin to Prague

 

 

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Paris to Barcelona

 

 

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Amsterdam to Berlin

 

 

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Car VS train

 

Renting a car is also something that people like to do, to drive to their next destination. However, unless you're planning to hire a fully electric car, this is a lot more damaging than taking the train.

 

Besides it emitting more CO2, cars are the biggest contributers to summer smog (Nitrogen oxides and nonmethane hydrocarbons). Driving is also more tiring and it often takes longer than the train, especially if you get stuck in traffic.  

Berlin to Prague

 

 

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Paris to Barcelona

 

 

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Amsterdam to Berlin

 

 

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Where did we get this data from?

The amounts of emitted greenhouse gases were obtained by using the calculator of EcoPassenger. We used the following settings for our search queries:

  • Middle class car, conventional gasoline and 2 passengers in the car
  • Average load factor for train and flight and CO2-emissions with climate factor
  • National production mix

 

Of course you're welcome to try other search queries with different settings. Compare the emissions from trains with your own car, for example! You'll see that there will be big differences per route and between emissions for trains, cars and planes. 

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