In some parts of the world, traveling by train is a common experience. In other parts, it is a rare and beautiful luxury for some who like the slow, pastoral life, but don't have many opportunities to explore it. As a result of saving time during travel and due to packed schedule, several people end up traveling by plane or take buses for shorter distances.
Whether it is a long family vacation or simply wanderlust, choosing the train over other modes is preferred these days. Trains definitely beat getting cramped and cranky in cars, planes AND buses, and extend vacation time by that much more and therefore are better than buses, planes and cars combined.
The view is not limited to the person sitting there, but is for everyone in the compartment. Every landscape in every weather is breathtaking, and multicolored trees and bridges whir by the window, colors enmeshing into one another.
Next to ships, trains offer the most spacious mode of travel. If a big group, the entire compartment or two is free to convert into a temporary camp. One can move around, take a walk, lie down on a bunk, put their legs up, and walk to the dining car for a meal if they feel hungry.
Buses and planes, besides being super cramped, offer the traveler no freedom to dictate his or her own personal space, which results in flayed tempers and stressful journeys.
Trains and stations are also equipped with facilities like washrooms, which are not as strict as airplane facilities, and not present in buses and cars altogether.
Trains do not require baggage check ins, all luggage is accessible and in front of you, not many items are restricted, and there is no limit to how much you can take, as long as you can carry it around yourself, because it is so much cheaper than airlines.
Stability of Pricing
Air tickets are sometimes cheaper than train tickets, but very often airfare prices tend to fluctuate without warning. This unpredictability is off-putting for many people, who prefer to buy tickets that are stable all year round, barring some occasions like holiday season. Stable pricing also means one can book tickets in advance or at the last minute.
The same applies to bus travel sometimes. But trains are not at all rigid, and allow commuters to arrive right on time, book a ticket at the last minute, and climb on. There is no checking in, baggage screening, and no lines.
More Interaction with Others
How many times have we been annoyed by pushy, sleeping, snoring, drool-dispersing, armchair-grabbing nincompoops on buses, where you curse yourself for having received the worst co-passenger in traveling history?
Do you remember the last time you had a meaningful conversation with a stranger sitting next to you? The railway commute makes it possible to create such relationships with co-passengers you're forced into a room with for an average of 12 hours.
If they run out of their own food, they simply order something from the dining car, walk there themselves, or buy something at the convenient shops at the numerous stations dotted along the country. This is complete leisure.
Despite the odds and the inhibitions, everyone must undertake a train journey at least once in their lives, just to gain one of the best experiences of traveling there is. After all, if it is the journey that counts and not the destination, then make the journey worth your while and stress-free.