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RAIL VS. FLIGHT: COMPARING PRICE & DURATION

Earlier this week I blogged about the Top 5 Reasons your Company needs to Include Rail as a Travel Option. I thought I would follow up by comparing the price and duration for rail and flight travel on some of the busiest corporate travel routes in Europe.

This comparison was performed by Phocuswright in April of 2015. They looked at fares two weeks before departure using Loco2.com for train travel and Expedia.com for flights. You can see the results in the table below.

In general, the costs for the two modes of travel are comparable, but the durations are skewed in favor of flying. However, those times do not include the time needed to get to the airport, the time needed for check-in and security, or the time needed to get into the city center at the destination. Once you add these items to the flight times, it will be a more accurate comparison. And when you add the other reasons to travel by train, rail becomes the obvious choice ☺

Rail vs Flight: Comparing Price and Duration
You can read more about these findings, and other related topics, at Rethinking Rail: Disruption and Digital Distribution in Europe’s Online Travel Market

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HAVING FUN WITH ISOCHRONE MAPS

Did you ever visit a city, have a few hours to spare, and wonder where you can get to in your spare time? SilverRail’s journey planning solutions have a feature for just such a situation. The technical name for this feature is an isochrone map. You tell SilverRail your starting point, when you are interested in traveling, and your maximum journey duration. SilverRail will then indicate the locations you can reach by public transit in the allotted time. For instance, let’s say you are at Times Square in New York City and want to know where you can get to within an hour. Our journey planner returns a map like the following:

This map shows all the places you can get to within that hour of travel via walking, public transit, and rail travel. In this particular case, the results include 6,180 separate rail and transit stops, as well as the area around these stops that can be reached by walking.  You can zoom in on the map to see information about the specific stops, or even switch the map to satellite mode to see more details for an area.