Home>Travel inspiration>Tips + News>Trains

To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Germany Will Swap Planes for Trains on Domestic Routes

By Associated Press

Apr 16, 2021

share this article
flipboard
Germany’s Deutsche Bahn rail company plans to offer more high-speed rail connections on routes currently served by short-haul flights.

Photo by Y. Pieper / Shutterstock

Germany’s Deutsche Bahn rail company plans to offer more high-speed rail connections on routes currently served by short-haul flights.

This agreement could cut a sixth of the carbon dioxide emissions currently generated by short-haul flights in Germany.

share this article
flipboard

Germanys airline industry and main rail company said Thursday, April 15, 2021, they aim to encourage more people to switch from planes to trains for domestic routes, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The German Aviation Association and Deutsche Bahn signed an agreement to offer more high-speed rail connections on routes currently served by short-haul flights.

The two sides said they expect more than 20 percent of plane passengers, or about 4.3 million people a year, could choose to travel by train instead.

This could cut a sixth of the carbon dioxide emissions currently generated by domestic air travel, they said.

Domestic flights in Germany are mainly used by business travelers and tourists catching connecting flights from one of the countrys major airports.

>> Next: The Most—and Least—Eco-Friendly Ways to Travel

Sign up for the Daily Wander newsletter for expert travel inspiration and tips

Please enter a valid email address.

Read our privacy policy