Runways, Railways, and Roads: The Pros and Cons of Each for the Busy Business Traveler

Runways, Railways, and Roads: The Pros and Cons of Each for the Busy Business Traveler

Trainings, meetings, conferences—there are many reasons you might need to go on a business trip. However, getting from point A to point B can cost a lot of money, detract from your productive time, and leave you exhausted, depending on your destination and method of travel. Read on to learn some pros of cons of traveling by plane, train, and car.

Traveling by plane

Pros: Plane travel is fast, which makes it the best mode of transportation for long distances. Airports offer a lot of amenities, including hotels where you can rest if necessary, business lounges where you can get some work done while waiting for your flight, and a range of coffee shops and restaurants where you can get something to eat or drink. Additionally, flights themselves are generally comfortable and quiet. This is a plus if you need to review notes or if you simply want to grab some shuteye so you’re refreshed when you arrive at your destination.

Cons: In addition to plane tickets being relatively expensive, the dreaded lines at check-in and even longer lines at security can add hours to even a short flight. Moreover, weather often causes delays and even cancellations, which can be highly inconvenient when you’re traveling to an important event.

Traveling by train

Pros: Train travel is more affordable than plane; plus, it’s relatively fast. It’s often easier to book a seat on a train at a short notice than it is to get a seat on a flight, and there aren’t long lines at check-in or security. If you want to get some work done en route to your destination, you can book a seat on the quiet car. Plus, Amtrak now has ClubAcela, which offers business lounges in major Northeast Corridor stations for the convenience of its travelers. Amenities include complimentary snacks and beverages, Internet access, conference room access, fax and photocopy services, and more.

Cons: While train travel is fast, it’s still much slower than plane travel. Additionally, though there are areas—especially between major cities—with reliable and regular trains, there are many areas of the country that aren’t served by any railroads. Moreover, since people can walk through the cars and you always have to keep an eye on your possessions, train travel doesn’t guarantee you’ll be rested when you arrive.

Traveling by car

Pros: Car travel allows you to get to your destination in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. It’s also generally quite affordable when compared to travel by plane or train. Finally, you can pace your trip yourself, so if you want to take a break and rest, you can.

Cons: Driving yourself can be stressful and tiring, especially when you’re dealing with traffic and/or trying to navigate an unknown area. You’re also unlikely to get any work done, since you’ll be concentrating on the road. Finally, there’s always the possibility of car trouble delaying your journey.

So what’s the best way to travel? Well, it depends on your destination and personal preference. However, with this list of pros and cons, you’ll be in a better position to make an educated decision next time you need to go on a business trip.