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Coach or Plane?


Climate change is a serious issue that we’ve all become increasingly aware of. If we all do our bit, we can at least help to ease the mounting pressures on our environment. 

When it comes to school trips, one of the best ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your tour is to take a coach rather than fly, where possible. 

Why should we choose to travel by coach rather than fly?

For distances under 700 miles, coach travel is far greener than air travel. 

Take school trip favourite, Paris, for example. Depending on where you’re travelling from, the journey by coach could produce around 0.02 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The same journey by air could produce around 0.09 tonnes of CO2 emissions. 

With road vehicles there has been a real concerted push towards greener solutions, such as the development of electric cars, and fuel economy. 

And coach engines are constantly optimised for more economic fuel consumption and to produce lower emissions of diesel particles.

But there’s yet to be found an effective greener alternative to jet fuel. 

Are there other benefits of choosing to go by coach?

Aside from being more environmentally friendly, coach travel is generally cheaper, so it’s a great option if you’re trying to keep costs down. 

And although air travel is quicker, coach travel can be more convenient – there’s no check-in to contend with and you can all just hop on at school and hop off at your destination (with a few comfort breaks, of course!).  

And, as you’ll have the coach to yourselves, you can make the journey part of the whole experience, whether you sit back and enjoy a film together, play a few coach games or enjoy a good old singalong! 

Thinking about a school trip?

If you’re thinking about a school trip and would like more information on the transport available, or destinations which are easily reached by coach, then please don’t hesitate to contact us, as we’ll be very pleased to help.

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