Context ๐Ÿ˜Ž climate check rail vs. Airplane vs. Car

Context ๐Ÿ˜Ž climate check rail vs. Airplane vs. Car

Because we do not want to compare apples🍎 with pears🍐, we just assume you would make the tour from Munich to Berlin.

When you arrive at the train station or airport, you are usually far from your destination. That's why we look at the route from town hall to town hall.

How long are you on the road?


From Munich Neues Rathaus to Berlin Rotes Rathaus it takes you at least 5:23 hours by car (according to Falk route planner). Quite a ride😅 Of course, on the route but can also be traffic jams and road works. And almost 5.5 hours you should not drive through. You need at least one break โ›พ, better two โ›พโ›พ Let's say you need about 6 hours.


It takes you 1:05 hours by plane from Munich to Berlin. With the public transport you need another 38 minutes (Munich) resp. 35 (Berlin) from. To the town halls. Makes about 2:20. But you don't go directly from the public transport to the plane. Check-in is usually at least 45-60 minutes before departure. But you don't get on a plane straight from the public transports. Check-in is usually no later than 45-60 minutes before departure. And then airports are still quite large. With change and check-in and check-out ares about 4 hours. If you have luggage, it takes even longer🛄

The fastest ICE from Munich to Berlin takes 03:58 hours. But normally 4.5 hours are more likely. By public transport you need from. To the city halls in each case again 3 (Munich) and/or. 7 minutes (Berlin). In total there are With change of trains about 5 hours. Delays are there however not included😌 For it you can make on the course journey as much break as you want.😴

How much Co2 do you blow into the air on the way??

This is much harder to compare and quite complex. It depends on how many people are on the plane, train or car and what kind of car you drive. But in the end it doesn't matter, because the result is still pretty clear โœŒ We calculated with the Co2 calculator from Quarks.


It is easy to say how far the distance is: 585 kilometers. As far as the Co2 footprint of the journey is concerned it becomes more complicated. If you drive alone and take a newer gasoline engine it is 97 kilograms – with six liters consumption. With an electric car it is about half if you use 17 kWh per 100 km. These are of course only assumed values. If you drive very economically it is less. Let's take 97 kilograms at. With the airplane you make no detours. Fly about 460 kilometers. All in all, that's about 97 kilograms. In addition, the public transport adds about 4 kilograms. Taken together: Around 100 kilograms Co2 (it works but much stronger, we explain you below🤠).


With the train we come to 622 kilometers. That would be 22.1 kilograms of Co2. For the public transport you have to add another 300 grams. Makes rounded 22.5 kilograms. The train is the climate queen โ™š And saves about 80 % Co2 compared to the other means of transportation!

Moment! Flying is hardly less harmful than driving a car? 🤨

At first glance it looks like that, that's right. However, these are average values. In fact, statistically there are also 1.5 people in one car in Germany. That means per person we come at the distance arithmetically to 65 kilograms. Unless you are just alone on the road🙈

More importantly, the Co2 that goes directly into the atmosphere – in the higher layers of the air – has a much greater impact on the climate. Furthermore airplanes cause condensation trails and nitrogen oxides among other things. All in all the climatic effect of the flight is about 3 times as high. This is the result of several investigations. In our case we come to a climate impact of about 300 kilograms. In reality car. Fliers thus quite far apart.

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