Rail travel isn't for everyone, and in many ways, it really does depend on your personal preference. Some people prefer to do things their own way, whereas others like to do things another. It's a pretty standard and common debate within the world of travel, and it's quite an intriguing one at that, too.
Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on, though, there's no denying that there are plenty of pros and cons in either direction. Today, we're going to take a look at them as we attempt to determine why some people swear by rail travel, while others avoid it like the plague.
10 Amazing: The Priceless Views
Sometimes, you just need to lean back, take a look outside the window and think wow. When you’re on a train journey, regardless of where you are, there’s almost always something to look at once you gaze out into the distance.
Being on the train allows you to take it all in, and embrace whatever great view you’ve been gifted with. It can be quite soothing, and at the same time, it’ll give you time to think and reflect on things. That sounds a little bit deep, but it’s true.
9 Not: Constant Delays
In any and all countries around the world that has a railway network, delays are just a part of life and it’s a difficult thing to come to terms with. It seems to be getting progressively worse and worse, too, to the point where the majority of countries just seem to be unable to get it right.
It means that you should probably allow a minimum of five minutes extra time on top of when you’re scheduled to leave, because if you don’t, you might well be in for a nasty surprise. Even the shortest delay can be a disaster if you're running late for work, for instance.
8 Amazing: No Driving Hassle
The stress of driving can be a pretty big burden for a series of reasons. One of them is the potential traffic that comes your way, another is the fact that you have to keep visiting gas stations or charge points every so often, and another is that there’s no time to relax.
On a train that just isn’t the case, because it’s all being done for you. All you need to do is pay your fare and enjoy the ride as much as you can, knowing that 95% of the work on your day to day travel has been completed without you even having to lift a finger.
7 Not: Rising Prices
The rising prices of train journeys are just downright ridiculous, and it truly doesn’t seem as if it’s going to change any time soon. It doesn’t matter whether your rail network has been privatized or not, because, at the end of the day, the greed for money is always going to be there.
There’s not all too much that can be done about this outside of protests, but given the state of how things are at the moment, we wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see it go in that direction in multiple countries.
6 Amazing: Safer Than Cars & Buses
Cars and buses are involved in accidents every single day, whereas trains are nowhere near as frequent when it comes to accidents. All forms of travel and transport leave you running some kind of risk without much of a reward, and we can understand that.
Even so, though, there are levels to it, and by default, a train on a track is much steadier than a car that could be enduring a series of other problems. Buses perhaps aren’t as bad, but let’s not pretend like they’re the ideal mode of transport.
5 Not: Crowding
This goes for a lot of trains and subways. Whether you’re pressed up against ten different people due to the lack of space or you’re trying to go to the toilet, there is a general sense of being packed in like sardines (and often an unpleasant scent) associated with rail travel that most of us just can’t shake.
Perhaps dealing with the crush and smell at rush hour is better than moaning about it, but that shouldn’t have to be the only option available to us. If you’re paying for a pleasant traveling experience, then that’s exactly what you should be receiving.
4 Amazing: Lovely First Class
First-class facilities are great in every walk of life, but that’s especially true on really nice trains. The red carpet is quite literally rolled out nine times out of ten, and you tend to forget that you’re even on a train in the first place. You get to travel in style and depending on how long your journey is, that can be really important.
Even if you’re on a train that isn’t particularly nice, we can all but guarantee that the first-class experience is going to be worth the extra money.
3 Not: Too Easy To Enter
If you’re at an old railway station and there are no barriers, quite literally anyone could walk onto that train and put you in danger. The same thing can’t be said of planes as there are stringent security measures put into place, but on trains, that doesn’t quite seem to be the case.
At big-city stations, there aren’t going to be as many problems, but you can never guarantee who is going to be waiting to simply step off of the platform and onto the vehicle. It’s not ideal.
2 Amazing: Quick & Simple
To put it as simply as is humanly possible: getting the train is quick, allows you to get from point A to point B in a concise manner, and cuts through the red tape so that you don’t have to endure too much stress or extra hassle. Beyond that, though, it’s just quick in general.
Yes, the negatives have been well documented and there’s no point in trying to get away from them, but the fact that you can stand up, walk a few feet and be in your end destination is incredibly satisfying for a lot of commuters.
1 Not: The Sleeping Risk
If you fall asleep on the train then we wish you the best of luck, because unless you’ve set an alarm for yourself, you could be in a lot of trouble. Perhaps you’re only traveling for 10 minutes to your next destination, but before you know it, you wake up and you’re two hours away from home.
It can’t be up to others to wake you up, because none of them will know where you’re going or are supposed to end up. Plus, it’s much easier to get robbed if you’re asleep on a train than on any other form of transport, especially if nobody is watching.