By train, the trip is already a destination

Plane, car or train? At the time of the great departure, the transportation to reach our vacation destination seems more meaningful than ever. Faster or greener, more practical or more poetic, more expensive or more stressful, in this summer period the press tries to decipher the choice and the reasons for one or the other of these modes of transport.

15 days holiday, 2 days transport

The car isby far the most practical, the most mobile, the freest means of transport”, assures 20 Minutes on its pages, which claims that almost 65% of holidaymakers continue to prefer it during major departures. The plane is the very image of holidays, for his part, believes Yann, questioned by FranceInfo about his travel habits, as he gradually tends to replace the plane with the train. “We will see all our friends posting stories at the airport, on the plane, through the window. And it is true that we see few people highlighting the train journey“, he regrets.

However, the plane also accounts for almost 13.2% of greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, reminds El Pais from the latest figures communicated by the European Commission, which does not fail to respond Chloé Chevron, deputy director of infrastructure at Egis Conseil. The latter believes that “we really need to send messages about the relationship between the ecological footprint of trains versus airplanesbefore continuing with FranceInfo:

“When we have convinced people that two days’ transport is needed for a fifteen-day journey, then they can take the train.”

More ecological, but also longer, the train is “another way to travel“assumes Florence in the same article as she prepares to go to Copenhagen in Denmark. On the program: almost 15 hours of travel and several changes. “It’s a bit of an expedition, she admitsyou have to cross the whole of Germany and therefore it takes a day’s journey there, a day’s journey back.»

An ode to slowness

The train is this well-known transport that combines sharing, simple travel and a view of the horizon. It is a kind of journey that offerssomething the plane can never offerstates the Czech journalist Petr Horky for the weekly Respekt and translated in Le Courrier International, a slow crossing of the landscapes, the possibility to soak up the atmosphere of several European cities at the same time and, above all, the feeling that the trip as such is already an experience of a lifetime.»

The journalist crossed Europe, from Prague to Barcelona via Linz, Paris and Valencia in almost 30 hours. A portion made by bus, a night train and a stroll through the streets of Paris later and here he is in the heart of Barcelona “inhabited by the feeling that the train really is the best means of transport.»

An ode to the slowness that many press titles have multiplied in recent months, while everywhere in the world the train seems to be back in service. In the US, The National Geographic transports us between Chicago and San Francisco for a trip aboard the California Zephyr.

As a journey through time and space, we discover the restoration of a restaurant offer worthy of the greatest Hollywood films, white linen tablecloths, silverware and porcelain as decor. It is also about “slow down“after a period characterized by confinements and frantic recaptures, they met the life of travelers for just a few hours and the importance of living”day after day“.

The most beautiful train journeys

A mythic journey that echoes others, summed up by Le Courrier International in its pages, “from the wild nature of the Peloponnese to the Andean peaks of Argentina via the suburbs of Amman, Jordan“. Closer to us, it is the legendary Orient Express, originally designed to connect Paris to Constantinople, which has been making headlines everywhere since the Accor group, which owns the brand, announced it would be back on track in 2024, reports Monthly . Geo.”17 original Orient-Express cars from the 1920s and 1930s will join the tour“, announces the group itself.

Meanwhile, there are so many train journeys across Europe that CNN celebrates, the most beautiful journeys to take by train this summer, as the evening edition of Ouest France or the weekend edition of Le Figaro advise. The return to grace of night trains, after their slow decline which culminated in the mid-2010s, is detailed in Kaizen magazine, while the accelerated upgrading of old SNCF carriages originally slated for dismantling is the subject of a report recently published by Le Parisien.night train wakes up» by re-listening to the programme The phone is ringing broadcast on France Inter in July 2020. Since then, several guides have even been published to accompany night travelers.


The train is of course all the rage, but how long were we still speculating on the airwaves last November? According to the many revival projects around the world, the gradual revival of small stations in France, and the websites and social network accounts that abound, it seems that the enthusiasm is general! And if you do not take one of these many lines this summer, here are some readings and online references that will give you a similar immersion.

Mary Crabbe

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