Are Trains Better Than Planes? For short & medium distance travel, yes. Here's why.
The amount of time it takes to board a train for everyone is lower than on a plane. You may be a whiz on boarding a plane, but it gets complicated real quick. All it takes it one person who stays in the aisle too long & a line forms. Maybe it’s the wider aisles, larger seating areas, the 2 entrances for each car, but trains win for boarding times.
2. The seats.
No seatbelt. Plentiful legroom. Large seats. Power outlets. WiFi. Because trains don’t have the heavy price of gasoline driving up ticket prices, they don’t feel the need to pack as many people on a train as possible. This sets the stage for a more pleasurable riding experience.
3. The security.
Trains don’t have the same TSA presence as airports, so you don’t have to strip down to board a train. This also means you don’t have to get to the airport extra early to account for long wait times of the security checkpoint.
4. The food.
It’s nothing to write home about, but the food on a train is immeasurably better than that of a plane. The latter allows for pretzels or peanuts on most domestic flights. A train has a car devoted to serving food & drinks. You’ll find an assortment of pastries, sandwiches, coffee, soda, & alcohol.
5. The price.
The cost to push a plane into the clouds is high; trains don’t have that burden, so they can offer lower rates. Because there’s a smaller security checkpoint, the cost of your time is lower. No need to show up 2 hours before your flight. You could probably show up 30 minutes before the departure time of your train & be fine. **If you train crosses international boarders, you’ll need more time than 30 minutes.
Bottomline – If you’re traveling a short or medium distance, consider traveling by train instead of plane.