I’m back in London again for at least 6 months to do an internship! Since I had holiday before my work here started, I had the time to take the train from Helsinki to London again. Scroll down for pictures!
I spent some time in Malmö, a full day in Berlin and a day and a night at my friends place in Amsterdam! Everything went so smooth, the changeover from ferry to train in Stockholm was easy taking less than an hour. My afternoon in Malmö was great and I visited some beautiful gardens. I enjoyed the night train between Malmö and Berlin, sharing my cabin with some really nice people. Seeing a bit more of Berlin was great since I have been there only briefly once before. And seeing my friend in Amsterdam was obviously awesome!
Pros of taking the train versus flying
- I got to see awesome cities on the way
- I had the chance to visit my friend in Amsterdam for a day
- It is more of an adventure, you meet more new people
- My carbon footprint from travelling was between 30-60 % lower according to my calculations (one estimate is by this calculator).
- Hard to fit in time if you are not on holiday
- Booking via multiple websites instead of just one
- Can be more expensive, depending on route
Total Direct Flights Footprint HKI-LDN = 0.16 tonnes of CO2e
Flight Price: One way flight HKI-LND in July approx 140 €. Extra cost for my way too much luggage : approx 120 € Time from central Helsinki to central London: 7 h. Total cost: approximately 260 €
Total Bus & Rail Footprint = 0.05 tonnes of CO2e
Train journey price: Approx 190€-240€ (more expensive with night ferry). Helsinki-Turku train 9 euro, Day Ferry Turku-Stockholm night ferry 70 euro (day ferry 10-15 euro), Stockholm-Berlin night train 80 euro, Berlin-Amsterdam train 40 euro, Amsterdam- London train 45 euro. Time from central Helsinki to central London: 38 h, of which 16 hours were asleep. Plus 2 days of stop over for holiday. Total cost: 235 €