Summer holiday 2023: Travelling on these rail routes is not only better for the environment than travelling by plane, it’s also faster
To make sure you’re as prepared as possible for your summer holiday in 2023, we’ve taken a look at your favourite travel routes and analysed them: Where do you get to your destination quicker by bus and train than by plane? Where does the journey from the airport to the city centre take a particularly long time?Is the environmental impact of your travel more important to you than speed? We provide CO₂ data for each route so that you can make more environmentally conscious decisions for your summer holiday in 2023. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which is the best way for you to travel!
CO₂ emission reductions and time savings from train travel on key routes
The journey from the airport to the city centre can take a long time, as can waiting for luggage and getting through customs. Thanks to the route overview, you can see at a glance which means of travel will get you to your destination in the shortest time.
However, saving time isn’t everything. What good is it if you arrive at your destination 20 minutes sooner, but are stressed out or have emitted significantly more CO₂? For us at Omio, summer holidays start on the way there. A glance out of the train window gives you a first taste of the landscape that awaits you – and the sightseeing begins.
Experience the most beautiful rail routes through Europe in summer 2023
One journey offering plenty of opportunity for sightseeing is the Train des Pignes (pine cone train) route, which passes through southern France from Digne-les-Bains to Nice. Likewise, the Bernina Express Alpine crossing from Switzerland to Italy is a journey like no other. The Bernina Express runs from Chur to Tirano through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges. Travelling on the Rhaetian Railway, which enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status, you will also encounter its famous 65-metre-high Landwasser Viaduct and the Montebello curve, which allows you to see the Bernina Pass in all its glory.
The scenically diverse route from Barcelona to Bilbao is also worth seeing. This train, which is operated by the state railway company Renfe, begins its journey at the foothills of the Pyrenees and transports passengers across the Spanish hinterland through barren steppes, rocky desert landscapes and wine-growing regions.
Unique travel experiences from Omio
It goes without saying that our experts here at Omio are efficient and environmentally conscious travellers. They have a wealth of experience and can give you exclusive travel tips.
Sofia Larsson, Customer Service
Travel from Berlin to Norrköping, Sweden by train
I travel by train from Berlin to Norrköping in Sweden regularly, because it’s only about 2 hours slower than flying anyway. I love that I can pack a separate bag with lunch, snacks and drinks without having to worry about luggage restrictions. There is really nothing better than sipping on a coffee while soaking up the amazing ocean view from the bridges going through Denmark into Sweden!
Chiara Sgarbi, Social Media
Travel from Berlin to Verona, Italy by train
Berlin – Verona by train allows me to travel without stress and even more now with my daughter that wants to walk and needs space…you know what I am talking about, right? And it is a treat for the eyes! From Innsbruck to Verona through the Alps and the valleys it is a stunning panorama and even the little one stops to check the view. We experience it with the snow and the green of spring and I cannot say which one was the best! I love travelling by train and from door to door the time difference with a flight is not so huge and luggage wise there is way more flebìxibility.
Maxime Gallouin, Data Engineer
Travel from Berlin to Basel, Switzerland by train
I choose the train even if it takes longer, especially when I’m traveling with a bike. More and more ICE trains, for example from Berlin to Basel (Switzerland, gateway to the Alps!) are equipped with bike compartments, so there’s no need to pack your bike, no risk of damaging it, and the bike ticket costs around 10 euros. Unbeatable.
Catharina Rijstenbil, Brand Marketing
Travel from Berlin to Amsterdam or Maastricht, Netherlands by train
Travelling from my home town Berlin to family and friends in Amsterdam or Maastricht is much more enjoyable by train than by plane! Fetching a coffee first, a delicious sandwich for later, and an excellent book to read and find my reserved window seat to watch the landscape and the change of weather slide by. A quick stop-over in Cologne to switch connections and get my favourite Dutch snack before my journey continues. This relaxed way of travel beats any short-haul, stressful flight.
Travel comfortably on a sleeper train
Take a sleeper train to travel comfortably and arrive well rested. You can travel across Italy overnight on the Intercity Notte, which is operated by Trenitalia. If you want to travel from Germany or Austria, the Euronight is the best choice. The ÖBB Nightjet connects Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. In France, the railway company SNCF operates INTERCITÉS night trains, which run from
Paris and Toulouse to towns and cities on the Italian and Spanish borders. There is also a wide range of sleeper trains running in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, for example those operated by Statens Järnvägar (SJ) or Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS). Find out more on our info page on sleeper trains.