Is Long-Haul Rail Travel A Viable Alternative to Air?
I recently did a Vlog series exploring whether long-haul rail travel is a viable option to air for business travel.
For both EMEA programs and North American programs with EMEA regional presence, the question is whether long-haul rail is a feasible and worthy endeavor for travel managers to pursue.
I took my camera on the road and documented the rail experience first-hand, considering both the traveler experience and the impact to the travel program. Here are just a few take aways:
The traveler experience was not luxurious, but it certainly met my needs. Space is tight but functional and I had access to all the necessary amenities, slept well and woke up to breakfast refreshed and ready for my meeting. The colorful details are in Vlogs 2 & 3 from the train.
Rail is a cost-effective alternative to the long-haul flight for any travel program, and based on my experience, travelers may be takers – especially considering the easy access to rail and the avoidance of the busy airport with early arrival times required, complicated parking and the hassle of airport security.
In addition to the cost benefits, there are others including sustainability and productivity.
Take a look, and I hope you get some insights about whether to pursue this strategy for your travel program!