Don’t know yet how you want to travel during your next getaway? Here are 7 reasons to choose rail over car and air travel.
1. From city centre to city centre
Unlike air travel, you get off the train and out of the station and you are directly downtown. No need for an hour long taxi ride. If you’re lucky, you can sometimes even walk to your hotel!
2. Gain time
This reason goes hand in hand with number one. In some cases, you can gain time. You don’t have to arrive hours before your departure for check-in. Also, since you arrive downtown, you don’t lose time in getting from the airport to your hotel and you won’t get stuck in traffic!
As a lot of people know, air travel can be very expensive. Taking the train can cut down the costs by a lot. If you decide to take a night train, you cut down your travel and accommodation expenses. You fall asleep in one city and by the time you wake up, you are in a totally different country (or city).
4. No turbulence
One of the best reasons on this list is probably this point. While taking the train, you don’t have to live through any horrible turbulence. The train goes from point A to point B at a smooth speed making the journey much more relaxing.
While traveling by car, you might be surrounded by magical landscapes but can’t fully enjoy them because you also need to pay attention to the road. With the train, you can walk around and take the best picture possible of your surroundings.
6. More space
This one is a given. Seats in trains are the kinds of seats planes used to have 50 years ago. Luckily you can still experience them. Unlike air or car travel, you have more space and you can easily walk around to stretch your legs.
7. Turns transport into an experience
Taking the train is an experience in itself unlike any other mode of transportation. You see routes that you sometimes wouldn’t have seen any other way while relaxing the whole journey.
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We once bought two Copenhagen to Stockholm tickets, received vouchers from ACP which turned out to be worthless in Copenhagen. We had to buy much more expensive tickets on the spot and had extreme trouble doing so because Europe has switched to chips and pins and none of our credit cards had both. Fortunately our local bank’s ATM card worked. We were in frantic contact with ACP which promised to refund the new more expensive tickets. But when it came time the company broke its promise and paid us only for the cheaper tickets. This not only cheated us financially and caused tremendous stress but it robbed us of part of our brief stay in Copenhagen, Be warned ACP can be both incompetent, dishonest and disrespectful.
It looks like ACP needs to take care of people if they want to earn my business.
It was a dreadful experience except that it revealed how nice the Danes could be. A hotel clerk literally ran to the train station to try to resolve the problem created by ACP – but to no avail. The result is a love of Danes and contempt for ACP.