Trains, Not Planes, Are Increasingly Business Travelers’ Preferred Choice in Europe

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Higher airfares between European hubs and lower carbon emissions are behind a significant shift to trains, with the trend likely to continue for the rest of the year as more rail operators begin competing across borders.

A growing number of businesses are opting for rail travel in Europe, as higher airfares push employees to trains rather than planes.

Lower carbon emissions also prove tempting for those organizations striving to hit sustainability targets, with travel agencies noticing trips of longer than three hours are on the rise.

Netherlands based BCD Travel said one client saw an increase in train market share from 44 percent to 67 percent between 2019 and 2022, with a trip duration cap of four hours.

“This shift is not because of the French government’s decision to forbid flights on routes where there is an alternative of…

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