After a discussion on Twitter, it motivated me to see how to get to NixCon by train. Getting there by train and plane is much harder than I anticipated, so here is all the info that I found out so far.
Feel free to reply or edit the page with any info that you might have.
Cut your CO2 emissions by taking the train, by up to 90%… - probably not super objective since the author is obsessed by trains.
on a measure of CO2 emitted each kilometre travelled by a passenger, air travel ranks top at 285 grams per passenger kilometre. Road transportation follows at 158 and rail travel at 14 grams per passenger kilometre, according to figures published by the European Environment Agency.
If I remember correctly, short flights are more expensive in terms of CO2 per kilometer because much of the emission is done during take-off and landing.
https://travelnav.com/ allows you to calculate the CO2 emission of your flight.
https://www.nextgreencar.com/tools/emissions-calculator/ allows you to calculate the CO2 emission of your car (after converting the kilometers to miles).
Trains are more complicated because it depends on the source of energy.
Finding a travel route
Google Maps is not able to plan very long train routes.
If you search for
Brno and get a drop-down menu, “
Brno hl. n.” is the correct destination.
Full map of trains in europe:
For Swiss travelers, the SBB.ch website is able to find a route.
For French travelers, SNCF.com is useless and tells you to take the car.
For German travelers, Bahn.de works fine.
For the UK, seat61 is a guy obsessed by trains.
So far the best price for trains I found is:
Interrail Global Pass - 3 Days within 1 Month. € 218 x 1
Brno has an airport but it might not be well connected to all the destination.
- VIE (Vienna Airport) -> Brno: 2 transfers, 2 h 46 min, price ?
- PRG (Prague Airport) -> Brno: 1 transfers, 3 h 37 min, price ?
- BTS - Bratislava, small airport loved by budged airlies (RyanAir, WizzAir). Trains to Czechia are ~twice cheaper than from Vienna, although the distance is the same
- PED - Pardubice, between Prague and Brno, even smaller one, probably the best from Russia (very cheap flights from St.Petersburg), also some RyanAir
- did I miss any others?
So far, VIE is the closest one and also the better connected.
Plane vs Train (from Geneva to Brno)
data source for plane: https://www.skyscanner.fr/
- Train: 3 transfers, ~14 h, price: 218 €
- GVA -> PRG: 2 transfers, ~15 h + time to go into the city + 1h boarding + train to city => ~17h, price: ~250 € + train price(?)
- GVA -> VIE: 3 transfers, 1h40 +1h boarding (flight) + 2 h 46 min (train) => ~6h. price: 100 € (flight) + train price(?). 235 lbs CO2, 107 kg CO2e
- Driving: 0 transfers, 11 h 8 min (1,160 km), price: ??, CO2: 231.5 (varies on the type of car)
- Look into night trains. 15h is not such a big deal if you spend 8h of them sleeping,
- What is the CO2 emission of train travel?
- How to put the CO2 emissions into perspective?