Aug 29, 2019
Air travel is not environmentally sustainable in its current
form. The most environmentally friendly option is to walk or ride a
bike. That’s just not an option for getting from the US to Europe.
But once I get there, one of my favorite modes of transport is
train. With all the security measures and extra time required
around flights, sometimes a train can be more relaxing than a
flight. For example, the train from Paris to Barcelona is 6.5
hours. At first that sounds like a long time but that is from city
center to city center. But if we fly it’s likely going to be on a
discount airline like Ryanair or Vueling and likely from an airport
that is outside the city limits. Let’s say that takes you an hour,
then add the two hours of recommended check-in and security, then
almost 2 hours for the flight and then another hour on the backend
to get you to the city center. That’s 6 hours already and that’s if
you don’t experience any flight delays. My favorite app for booking
train tickets is Loco2. European state-owned websites like Renfe in
Spain can be clunky and cranky. A great resource for getting around
Europe by train is Seat61.com.
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