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Pros & Cons of Traveling by Train

After huffing it on foot or using horses, traveling by train became the easiest way of crossing land. There is a nostalgia about train travel and it has been romanticized by both movies and books as well as many legends. There are many positives about modern train travel but there are still a few drawbacks. If you are considering using trains to get about on your next trip, you should know the pros and cons of traveling by train.

woman standing in front of passing train

Pros

  • More Comfortable Than Other Methods

On a train, you can usually stretch your legs out when sitting. On overnight trips you can even reserve a sleeping compartment so you can lay down and actually sleep. If you want to get up and stretch your legs, you are free to get up and walk about the train, even going to other cars.

  • More Amenities

Trains usually have dining cars where you can purchase your own foods, and not just eat what is served to you like on a plane, and you don’t have to stop for food and lengthen the time of your trip like when traveling by car. You have the sleeping compartments, more luggage room, cleaner bathrooms, and sometimes even full bars available.

  • Scenery

You can usually still see the scenery when traveling by car, but you can’t when flying. You can watch the beautiful scenery go by your window as you slowly travel through the mountain passes or countryside by train.

woman standing on train station

Cons

  • Slow

As mentioned, trains are usually the slowest way to travel. Even though they usually go in a straighter line to your destination, the actual travel speed is much slower. If you need to get there faster, you may want to consider driving or flying.

  • Many Schedules & Routes to Consider

When you fly, most airlines will create your itinerary to get where you want to go for you. However, when traveling by train, this won’t happen. You will have to pour over all of the routes and schedules yourself to find out how you can get where you need to go in a timely fashion. What is the best route to go for the best price and in the shortest amount of time? You will have to figure it out.

  • Motion Sickness

Trains constantly move and they move differently than cars or planes. Some people don’t like the movement and still others get sick with this. There are things you can do to reduce the discomfort but if you’d rather avoid this it’s understandable. If you don’t know how you will tolerate the movement of a train it is best to take a short trip first because you won’t be able to get off the train until the next stop.

Traveling by train is an experience everyone should enjoy at least once in their life. However, if you want to get around on a long trip or more than once by train, it may be something you want to seriously consider the benefits and drawbacks of. The ultimate decision is up to you.

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