It’s Greener to Travel by Coach

As one of the UK’s leading escorted tour operators we are in the business of providing our customers with the best of what Europe has to offer whilst thinking about the environmental issues of travel.
Holiday destinations are often popular because of their climate, beauty and the activities that the landscape makes possible it is important to us that we consider both our home, working and destination environments in all aspects of the business.
We make it easy for you to experience Europe through our Web Sites, Call Centre & High Street Retailers. In all of our many locations we aim to operate sustainable business practices that consider the environment and use of energy and resources.

The Facts

With climate change in the headlines day after day, it is worth noting that, according to the Coach Tourism Council, coaches are not only safer to travel in than planes, trains and cars, but pro-rata they use less fuel.

  • While each gallon of fuel will take two car passengers about 30 miles, a gallon of coach fuel takes the same two people 200 miles.
  • Coaches are seven times safer per mile than a car while a gallon of fuel will pro-rata, take two people travelling by coach six times further than by car.
  • Coach passengers do not have to pay APD (Air Passenger Duty). Another reason to go by coach and save money.

The Benefits

So how will a coach be more beneficial to you?

  • Coach travel is fast, efficient, comfortable and very economical too.
  • Most importantly you’ll arrive at your destination refreshed and directly at the door of your holiday destination.
  • Delays or cancellations are virtually unheard of and journeys are always departure point (over 400 England, Scotland & Wales) to Destination thus eliminating the time and cost of airport transfers etc.
  • Coach travel conveniently does away with the long queuing times typical of check-in and baggage collection, and as your luggage always stays with you, this avoids the nuisance of it ever being ‘lost in transit’
  • As boarding a coach is a much swifter affair than that experienced with aircraft, travellers do not need to arrive at departure point too much before their departure time.
  • Once aboard and seated in your seat you have your own space relax and watch the world go by.
  • And with no restriction on the use of laptops or mobile phones (a few restrictions still apply and common courtesy should always prevail).

So whilst air travel continues to be more stressful than ever, and concern for its environmental impact grows, more and more travellers are turning to coach travel as a convenient, economical and cleaner way forward.

Ways to reduce your carbon footprint

There are also a number of simple things you can do when traveling or at home to reduce the impact on the environment:

  • When you’ve finished with your brochures, pass them on to a friend or recycle them.
  • Even better view our brochures online and tell your friends.
  • Buy local produce which reduces the carbon footprint incurred in transporting the food to a kitchen for final preparation.
  • At your hotel or home use water sparingly, take short showers instead of baths and hang towels for drying and re-use.
  • Switch lights and air conditioning off if you are not in the room and turn off your TV instead of leaving it on standby.
  • Don’t carry with you packaging from goods you buy for your trip, leave it at home then recycle as much of this as possible when you return.

Related Links

Below you will find links, which are related to green travel issues.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Know Before You Go is an on going travel safety campaign run by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) which encourages British people to be better prepared for their overseas trips.
Transport Research Laboratory
TRL provides independent and impartial world class research, consultancy, advice and testing for all aspects of transport.
The Travel Foundation
The Travel Foundation is a UK charity that cares for places we love to visit.