Train vs plane: Which destinations are quicker from London?
Holidays can get off to a tricky start when it comes to getting to the airport.
Arriving hours earlier, expensive food and waiting around for suitcases can be one of the worst parts of a trip abroad.
This could be avoided depending on the destination, as a number of destinations abroad are actually quicker travelling by train.
The new research, compiled by GoEuro, has revealed that a few popular destinations are actually much faster when using a train when it factors in waiting times.
But where are the routes much faster and does it really make a difference?
Travelling from London to Paris is actually three hours and 24 minutes quicker by train
Travelling from London to Paris is actually three hours and 24 minutes quicker by train.
The train takes on average two hours and 16 minutes from London St Pancras to the centre of Paris.
This is compared to a flight which, while taking just one hour and 15 minutes, often requires at least two hours before boarding to be at the airport.
The additional time also includes disembarking and collecting luggage from the carousel and travelling from the airport.
It isn’t just a quicker journey but can also reduce one’s carbon footprint.
Train vs plane: Paris is quicker by Eurostar than plane
A saving can be had when also travelling to Amsterdam by train; just under an hour (49 minutes) can be saved by train.
Flights to Amsterdam are just one hour and ten minutes, similar to Paris, yet with waiting times before and afterwards, can take many hours more.
The new Eurostar route takes just three hours and 41 minutes and is direct into the centre of the city.
This can also save time when it comes to organising transfers from the airport.
London to Manchester is also one hour and 24 minutes faster than internal flights in the UK.
Train vs plane: Amsterdam is also an hour quicker
Naren Shaam, Founder and CEO of GoEuro, said: “Whilst passengers may be aware that it is greener to travel by train or bus, some people might be surprised to find out that it is also faster than flying.
“Particularly if you’re travelling for a short break it can really pay to research the options and check out end-to-end journey times.”
A new train route from London has recently been announced with direct journeys to Bordeaux in the pipeline.
The train currently passes through Paris, adding additional time to the trip.
In the proposal, the direct train route would take less than five hours from the UK to the French city.