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Relaxing

In a car, bus or airplane space is often very limited. On the train you sit comfortable and can take a walk and stretch your legs if you want.

 

Eventful

On a airplane you can possibly see something at take-off and landing through a minimal window. On a boat you mostly see water. On the train, on the other hand, you have good views and usually a varying landscape that passes through the window outside the window.

 

Sustainable and Responsible

Despite the fact that trains have rolled for over 150 years, there is still no better and more environmentally friendly way of transporting on land. Anyone traveling by train takes responsibility for sustainable development.

 

Travel through Europe by train!

Travel the furthest with train, without feeling guilty! Let’s assume you are in the beautiful city Budapest. If you were to travel by airplane, you would only get to Leipzig in Germany on the same carbon dioxide emissions that a train could take you to Darwin in Australia on!

How your means of transport affects the climate

The carbon dioxide emission measurement is calculated on klimatsmartsemester.se and the model is calculated by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology.

Stockholm to Aten
  • Train (172kg)
  • Airplane (866kg)
Kiruna to Lissabon
  • Train (334kg)
  • Airplane (1268kg)
Göteborg to Rom
  • Train (204kg)
  • Flyg (574kg)

The future of transportation are trains!

The first trains were built in the very early 19th century, with a top speed of 38 km/h. The modern trains of today are reaching speeds of 574 km/h! Japan are currently working on trains that travel on magnets, and will hopefully release the L-Zero Maglev train in 2027, a train that is already reaching speeds of 581 km/h during tests. [1] There are many obstacles that comes when building a high speed train, such as air density and comfort for the passengers. The Head of the Infrastructure Division Member of the Group Management Board SBB AG, Phillipe Gauderon, believes that we will see more progress within trains in the coming 15 years compared to the last 100 years. He believes it will be cheaper, safer and more reliable by automating more rail operations. [2]

Many believe “Hyperloops” to be the future. A hyperloop is a large tube, with low air pressure that will fit a 1 200 km/h levitating train, hopefully. Airplanes travel around 700 – 950 km/h for comparison. It’s still mostly in testing and theories, but some prototypes have already been built. The advantages with hyperloops are many, beyond the incredible speed. According to Elon Musk CEO for SpaceX and Tesla, hyperloops should be “safer, lower cost, more convenient, immune to weather, self-powering and sustainable, resistant to earthquakes and not disruptive”. [3]

Where will you go next?

Find your new favourite place.

 

Discover Europe by train