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Mit dem Zug statt dem Flugzeug durch Deutschland reisen, Bild: Denis Belitsky / shutterstock

More and more travellers are already opting for trains instead of flights

15 routes on which you can easily travel in a climate-conscious way

Sustainable choices are taking up more and more space in everyday life. Significantly more people want to take responsibility and change their behavior for the sake of the climate. This is also shown by a recent YouGov survey commissioned by the travel search engine Omio. The representative survey showed that travelers from Germany are willing to make some compromises for the sake of the environment: More than one in three (39 percent of respondents) would accept a travel time up to 30 minutes longer if the trip were more sustainable. For more than one in five (23 percent), a travel time of up to 60 minutes longer would even be justifiable, and twelve percent would even accept a two-hour longer journey.

Three routes in which the train is significantly faster than the airlines are (source: Omio):

  • Frankfurt am Main <> Cologne
    124 min. faster by train than by plane and saves 25 kg of emissions

  • Hanover <> Frankfurt am Main
    27 min faster by train than by plane and saves 33 kg of emissions

  • Stuttgart <> Paris
    15 min. faster by train than by plane and saves 74 kg of emissions

It is hardly surprising that members of GenZ are much more concerned about the environment. In this group, 69 percent of respondents accept a longer travel time in favor of the climate, compared to only 56 percent of the population as a whole. In general, respondents in Germany are quite willing to use the train instead of the plane. Almost one in two respondents (45 percent) say they prefer trains to planes if the connection is faster. The long-distance bus, on the other hand, is not so well received. When deciding between bus or plane, the price seems to play a role above all. One in five respondents would choose the bus if the ticket was significantly cheaper.

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Routes in which the train is not significantly slower than the plane (source: Omio):

  • Frankfurt am Main <> Paris, +22 min., but 63 kg emissions saved

  • Frankfurt am Main <> Munich, +30 min., but 38 kg emissions saved

  • Berlin <> Food, +32 min., but 49 kg emissions saved

  • Düsseldorf <> Hamburg, +34 min., but 47 kg of emissions saved

  • Frankfurt am Main <> Amsterdam, +39 min., but 48 kg emissions saved

  • Munich <> Zurich, +41 min., but 43 kg of emissions saved

  • Munich <> Vienna, +42 min., but 62 kg of emissions saved

  • Hamburg <> Frankfurt am Main, +44 min., but 68 kg of emissions saved

  • Berlin <> Munich, +47 min., but 48 kg of emissions saved

  • Hanover <> Amsterdam, +55 min., but 47 kg of emissions saved

  • Berlin <> Frankfurt am Main, +58 min., but 49 kg of emissions saved

  • <> Cologne Hamburg, + 59 min., but 195 kg emissions saved