Airplane is better for travel than train.
I think airplane is better than train for travel to everyplace. First of all, airplane is more convenient and comfortable for passenger. For example, on the airplane there are many airline hostesses to serve, take care and help tourist but on the train there aren’t receptionist to help passenger when they have problem. Moreover, airplanes have good security system. For instance, airports have modern systems to take care of security of passengers. Before boarding the plane, staff will check supplies to protect from accident but railway station staff will not check supplies passenger can bring all supplies get on a train. For example, Suwannaphum Airport have many staff for check supplies and check around the airport to protect from accident. Finally, travel by airplane is faster. For example, I travel to Nakornsritammaraj by train it takes 14 hours but I travel by airplane it takes only 3 hours. Airplanes can help passengers save time very well such as passengers traveling by airplane use less time, so they have more time for sight seeing. People should travel by airplane because airplanes are convenient, have good security system and can help people save time very well.
I generally prefer to travel by train whenever possible. I think plane travelling these days has become a pain with all the security checks and not being able to take what I want on board. And plane travel is also often more expensive than train travel. And there are the environmental issues concerned with plane travel.
But when I dont have much time and am going to a destination at the other side of the world or if overland travel would involve travelling though countries that are not currently safe I prefer to fly.
Well, i think it depends on how long you go and from where to where. For a long way, I am surely going to choose plane travelling as it saves much time and receive a relatively comfortable feeling. However, plane travelling costs much more than train.
I do enjoy the train, its a great way to see the landscape of where youre travelling. However after recently experiencing a chartered flight with have to say planes!
Another thing I like about train travel is that I can get up and walk around. There is often a cafe or dining car so I can go there and have a coffee. I also like looking at the scenery from the train windows. And some trains now have kiddy cars so parents can go in there and not worry about their kids disturbing others. And those trains also have toilets that have plenty of space for kids and baby changing stuff. Well, at least this is how it is in Germany.
And there is also the benefit of sleeping cars on trains so one can sleep comfortably through a long journey.
And train stations are often in the middle of towns and cities which is where a traveller often wants to be, while airports are generally outside the city and getting to and from them can be expensive.
Planes aren't more convenient there largely bloody awful. Unless I guess you can afford 1st class. You spend hours sitting around in terminal's only to be shuffled from place to place for more hours before actually getting on the plane. Once your up in the sky you sit with barely enough room to move whilst being presented with largely uneatable food and dreadful movies to entertain you. I guess you do get free booze which is always good.
Sit on a train, relax, stretch out, take a walk. Buy a nice bottle of wine and watch the world go buy. A far more convenient, superior and altogether humane way to travel. And that's without even looking at the disastrous environmental implications flying is having on the planet.
I'm with Ben, planes might be faster, but trains are less hassle and offer the chance of a much more memorable journey. Not everyone sees travelling as part of the trip, but I think it can be just as rewarding as the destination. (Follow the link on my latest blog for my own train adventure, and see if you think I'd have been better off flying!)
In Canada we have a saying (which I think actually started out as a slogan for the national passenger railway company) that says "Trains are the civilized way to travel". In my view they definitely are, for many of the reasons that have already been explained here. I just find there's a certain romance and sophistication to train travel.
If only my country would invest in a better rail network though!!!
I prefer trains every time - you have the space to get up and walk around, chat to others and above all, watch the world go by in a way that isn't possible by plane. Think of all those places that you're flying over and never get to see. I could have flown from England to Australia but took trains instead (and the occasional bus and boat) all the way and had the best time of my life
Trains get my vote every time. I don't think I can actually add anything to what has already been said by other ... just say it in a different way
I've spent plenty of time on planes, but more time in airports, airport lounges, check-in queues, security queues, departure lounges and just sat on the bloody runway. Once the bloomin' plane has actually taken off they can be noising, hot, stuffy places to spend any length of time. You are pretty much stuck where you are unless you want to wander up to the toilet and back to your seat again, which of course is fine if you are in an aisle seat and you don't have to continually disturb a fellow passenger to be able to leave and regain your seat.
Sure, trains might be slower, but I'd always prefer to take the train if it was a feasible option on the route in question. I can think better on trains, they are more simultaneously more relaxing and stimulating places to be than plane. They are also safer place to be in the event of a power failure
Sitting in the middle of the French countryside in the pitch dark was actually quite a fun experience ... not one I'd have liked had I been sitting in a plane!
Fellow passengers? I don't think there is any difference in the likelyhood of meeting interesting fellow travellers on a train or a plane. I've met a girlfriend on a train (OK, at the station) and been propositioned on a plane (after the KLM cabin crew managed to effect my undressing in public by the simple expedient of spilling a WHOLE pot of HOT coffee over me).
...and the scenery is better from the train!
The Swedish national railway company had a clever slogan for a couple of years - "The Inner Journey" promoting their high speed trains. These days the major selling point is more like "We are repairing our broken trains, honest!" The glamour and comfort in train travel has been replaced with upset and worried passengers wondering if the carriages are really supposed to tilt so heavily in the curves, people anxiously staring at their watches as yet another signal malfunction stops the train cold in the middle of nowhere, and the platforms are filled with upset people who have missed their connections.
The train is a fun way to travel but for me the plane remains the favourite. Ben listed some of the major hassles involved, but as long as I have my window seat I disengage myself from the world around me and just lose myself in the scenery; countless small lakes glimmering in golden red from the fading sunlight, tiny little bright dots snaking along the thin roads thrown out across the land like fine ribbons, the impossible fractal beauty of snowcapped mountains, hundreds of cumulus shadows dancing over the oceans, lightning erupting between distant storm clouds, the otherworldly palettes of cyan, yellow, orange and blue of tropical islands, the imposing and scary cityscapes of Asias oversized megacities that stretch out beyond belief or the rare glimpse of another silverbird passing by below sending a ray of relfected sunshine into your eye.
I despise planes and only use them when absolutely necessary.
Trains for me every time. Nothing quite like starting a long journey by making your way from your house to your nearest station to begin your trip.
Any train lovers should bookmark the Man in Seat 61 site, and read 'The Great Railway Bazaar' by Paul Theroux.
I Think both Trains and Airplanes have their places. I prefer Airplanes for traveling great distances quickly. Then I prefer Train Travel when the scenery along the train route offers great views such as train travel in Alaska. I've had negative experiences from airplane travel such as seat comfort and delays and on trains like when I was in Bolivia and the overnight train I was on carried train engine fumes in the carriage I was in. I just wish the United States would create a better national train service so Americans had another option besides airplane travel or car travel to go from state to state or across the country.
Indeed, travelling by plane is much safer. But there are some cases in which the landscapes you see by travelling by train are much better than those you see in the plane. I think Switzerland would be one of those countries.
Got to add my weight to Mell's question. Is travelling by plane much safer than travelling by train? Statistics are hard to come by that reliably and accurately represent the absolute and relative risk of travel by plane, train (and automobile). Even within the travel types there is variation in risk (compare the safety records of Qantas with Aeroflot). Independent travellers need to assess the risks that they encounter, not the ones on the other side of the planet.
Train travel wins hands down. I will fly, if I have to - such as flying from one continent to another (like, over the Pacific or Atlantic).The way I see it, if I don't have to fly, then I don't have to fly. Air travel's just a way of seeing airports.
Cos you get to do a lot of Sightseeing, talking with loads of random people -- you can do that on a plane but I think people are not as open to that and about the food come on...kanengin that doesnt count as plus does it!? :P
Being able to get out in a random country - I did that in Europe a lot, you get to share 6 bed "couchets" with weird people which is always a plus for pub stories later on...
hmmm oh oh you are on the ground - This for me is a major plus!!! lol I hate planes cos well they fly! No problems with extra luggage
take that Ryanir! OK...transcontinental rides with pretty flight attendants makes sense...thats about it. I did more than 20.000km by train and the next ride will be the transiberian!!! :P