GoEuro.co.uk reports 10 top intra-Europe routes that train options are faster than air travel

While there’s nothing faster than air travel point­to­point, it seems there’s nothing slower than airports to grind those time savings to a halt. The congested roadways, shopping mall­sized terminals, the interminable lines to check in and pass through security, and baggage claim delays upon arrival all accumulate to make what should be a quick trip a very slow affair. Now with heightened security at Europe’s airports, the increasing delays are driving more European travellers to seek alternatives to flying.
GoEuro, the three­year­old search engine for comparing and booking rail, coach and flight travel across Europe, has studied ten major intra­Europe travel routes and has found that – when including wait time and airport transits – rail travel can get travellers to their destination faster.
From Brussels to London, for example, rail travel is three hours and 18 minutes faster than flying after new security measures were put in place after the Brussels attacks.
Travellers can also save around an hour by choosing to travel by rail if they are travelling between Barcelona and Madrid; Madrid and Sevilla; Rome and Milan; and Dusseldorf and Amsterdam.

From

To

Duration Train

Duration Flight Incl.

Time

waits & transits

difference

1

Brussels

Paris

1:22:00

5:30:00

4:08:00

2

Brussels

London

2:18:00

5:36:00

3:18:00

3

Brussels

Amsterdam

1:50:00

5:05:00

3:15:00

4

Brussels

Lyon

3:29:00

5:50:00

2:21:00

5

Brussels

Frankfurt

3:05:00

5:15:00

2:10:00

6

London

Paris

2:16:00

3:57:00

1:41:00

7

Barcelona

Madrid

2:30:00

3:35:00

1:05:00

8

Madrid

Sevilla

2:20:00

3:25:00

1:05:00

9

Rome

Milan

2:51:00

3:50:00

0:59:00

10 Dusseldorf

Amsterdam

2:13:00

3:10:00

0:57:00

Naren Shaam, CEO and founder of GoEuro said,
“Many travellers throughout Europe will choose to fly between destinations as, on paper, flight times always appear the quickest mode of transport. It is not until you take into consideration wait time at the airport that rail travel can be more time effective.”
GoEuro covers rail, coach and air travel in 11 countries and offers passengers the best possible transport options and combinations based on price, duration, and convenience – all in the user’s native language and currency.
Travellers may use GoEuro to plan trips in a single search to more than 30,000 destinations all over Europe, not just to major cities and airports like many sites.
For more information about GoEuro, visit GoEuro.co.uk.