Plenty of eco-conscious travellers feel the pangs of flight shame – but still struggle to resist ultra-cheap flights.
According to a 2021 study by UK consumer group Which?, trains emit six times fewer emissions than planes on popular routes but are 49 per cent more expensive.
This pricing edge – sustained by billions of euros in government subsidies – keeps planes in the sky.
But the tide is turning. Across Europe, low-cost train companies are opening new routes. And it’s just in time, with the French government having banned short-haul flights in 2022 – making low-cost trains all the more necessary.
Like budget airlines, they offer cheap, no-frills fares. Unlike budget airlines, they
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