What Are the Benefits of Train Travel?

What Are the Benefits of Train Travel?
Train travel offers passengers a chance to see the country in ways other types of travel don't offer. Even though traveling by train sometimes takes longer, it gives passengers a great way to relax or solidify plans for their next outdoor adventure.


Trains often provide less expensive alternatives to air travel, especially when you add in baggage costs. This makes trains a great way to travel for those with more time than money.

Fewer Baggage Restrictions

Airlines make you pay for checked luggage, but train travel is far less restrictive. On Amtrak, passengers may check three pieces of luggage weighing up to 50 pounds each at no additional cost.


Carbon emissions from trains are far less costly to the environment than driving or flying. Eurostar claims to emit just a tenth of the carbon dioxide of airplanes when traveling between London, Paris and Brussels.


Trains offer a great way to see the country along your chosen route. Some routes even give you a glimpse of off-the-beaten-path scenery most tourists never see.


Some trains, such as Amtrak's Acela Express trains, travel up to 150 miles per hour. This means passengers can arrive at their destinations far more quickly than if they drove a car.

Article Written By Nancy Wagner

Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.

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