Why Trains are so Expensive

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King 391
King 391

And in finland you can use your bus ticket in trains for some travels so that makes literally just couple euros from center of helsinki to airport or with same prise you might get longer travels but i dont where to but most likely to espoo or vantaa

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Prathamesh Chavan
Prathamesh Chavan

In India... You can travel more than 2000+km only in 10-12 dollars 😁😁😂

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Nicopavvi 8
Nicopavvi 8

Meanwhile in Italy: Second class on a luxury high speed train from Venice to Florence (2h 13min+10 minutes to get at the station of Venice+5 minutes from Florence's station to downtown) with a free snack included: between 9 and 15 euros. Economy class on a low cost airline, nothing included(1hour of travel+at least 30 minutes getting to the closest of Venice's airports+1h for controls+1h getting from Florence's airport to the center of the city): more than 20 euros.

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NEW WORLD
NEW WORLD

in india 🇮🇳 train is chep

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ItzSkylerUwU. YT
ItzSkylerUwU. YT

Me, in EU:

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Nordwind872
Nordwind872

Wendover: Trains are expensive, planes are cheaper Brits: *Triggered*

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wookie5689
wookie5689

> they just use the sky, which is free at the cost of environment. The debts will always be paid, one way or another.

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KingCaino Plays
KingCaino Plays

America is NOT a country. It's a business,

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L Blueful
L Blueful

The costs of plane tickets simply do not reflect their true costs. Here in Europe kerosene is basically tax free and thus incredibly cheap. However, it also comes with enormous environmental costs, none of which are part of a ticket price.

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Joseph Pinkham
Joseph Pinkham

Air is free in your own country. Not so much when flying over foreign lands.

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toasteh
toasteh

"Airlines are highly profitable commercial enterprises" Yea, nah..

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RailRider
RailRider

4:53 , no, you don’t pay an extra amount of cents just so Amtrak can kill people, you’re paying that amount *just in case* if there is a freak accident. Idk why you worded it like that lol

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qwerty LS
qwerty LS

wendover: 4:50 murderer/sadist: travels everyday by train

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Rinse DC
Rinse DC

I don't know where you got the total price of no more than 10.000.000 dollars per train, I want to know where you can get one that cheap xD Because 35 milion is the norm for a loco and about 12 carriages...

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BOSS VJ BEAST
BOSS VJ BEAST

In weekends the nmbs gives you the option to pay 5 bucks on a weekend return ticket

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Not Me Not Me
Not Me Not Me

Why trains are so expensive... Because they privatised rail transport. So now corporate greed has taken over and the biggest priority is to make make someone profit and not to provide a service. In the UK the cost of rail tickets keeps on going up but what are we getting in return? Still the same shit infrastructure. A new report by the TUC said that since 2009, fares for commuters have risen by 46% whereas the average weekly wage has only risen 23%.

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Loxres
Loxres

*laughs in top gear caravan train*

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ThKa 1 and only Looney LOECSTA
ThKa 1 and only Looney LOECSTA

It is my dream to travel the world by train only. I don't like flying or driving

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Jarid Gaming
Jarid Gaming

Amtrak should make their trains more efficient and lay off some employees and make trains controlled by AI.

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Random Person
Random Person

9:45 does anyone notice the tornado in the background

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Ajith Balakrishnan
Ajith Balakrishnan

In India it is so much cheap,and has the largest railway

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YU NIKI
YU NIKI

And I thought trains are only shit in UK. They almost encourage cars here

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Romgenas
Romgenas

10:55 It is a socialist system....

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draconiandevil03
draconiandevil03

Less than a minute into the video, 30 euros is NOT "pretty much the same" as 53 euros. IT IS NOT!

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Robert Sebastian
Robert Sebastian

It's good to see a dispassionate economic analysis of trains vs. air fare.

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Davinia
Davinia

Planes are highly profitable! Ha, these bailouts say 'no'.

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Amanda Archer
Amanda Archer

Airline companies also get fat subsidies, more so than trains, you even had a video discussing this.

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Empire State
Empire State

Just automate everything, buy trains from overseas companies, and hire overseas companies to build the track, and you'll get rid of most of your costs :)

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Yu Fang
Yu Fang

stupid title。

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James Peters
James Peters

Interesting.

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आshu
आshu

Trains are expensive in merica not other countries

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Hritik Roushan
Hritik Roushan

In India train fares are very cheap...

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MANETIT Naj
MANETIT Naj

I think i found a solution : a nationalised, high speed, machine-runned train would be extremely cheap while being highly profitable

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cliffisfree100
cliffisfree100

Ive been a railroad worker my entire adult life. I will tell you why that won't work here compared to other countries. Many of the countries overseas own the track system and can build it to handle a high speed train. The majority of the tracks in the United States are owned by freight railroad companies (union pacific, BNSF, Norfolk) and they do the BARE minimum federally required track maintenance, with relatively weak, but cheap and easy to maintain Wooden Rail ties to maintain the highest amount of returns for their shareholders. They will NEVER convert to concrete rail ties to Handle high speed, nor will they ever sell their privately owned railways. Just about every major passenger railway has to, at some point in the journey, drive on privately owned freight tracks, and if you've ever driven on one, you've felt the swinging back and forth....imagine a train going 150 mph on a track like that....it would be a deathly disaster. I briefly worked for two freight railroads, and the quality control was terrible. The work experience was also that of a prison camp, firings over the smallest infractions. Thats why UP and BNSF are offering crazy sign on bonuses for mechanics, because over the years, word has gotten around and no one really wants to work for them. I had a friend put a tool bag on a locomotive dashboard, not realizing it partially blocked a view of a camera, and was immediately fired. Those companies are tyrannical in every way So in conclusion. Private Freight Railroads own all the infrastructure and will never allow a high speed train system. In the name of freedom, we can't steal it from them, nor would they ever sell such profitable real estate. So, we are screwed.

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Hemank Soulakhe
Hemank Soulakhe

In India train are dirt cheap because the government pays for 47% of the total ticket price .

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earthsteward9
earthsteward9

Trains are ideal for trips under 1000km, not Chicago to Los Angeles

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Pieter
Pieter

I wonder about a few things: - what effect on cost would fully autonomous trains have? - how cheap could both the rails, and the locomotives and cars, get if we re-imagined their design and construction based on first-principles physics and engineering, a la Elon Musk? - etc..

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Vladimir Ilievski
Vladimir Ilievski

Maybe an automation is the solution

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Nirup H M
Nirup H M

No we can understand why you guys choose air travel

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Nirup H M
Nirup H M

Actuall it's less in india

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N1TH Music
N1TH Music

Wendover productions: DC to new york is so busy that the amount of trains that are on the route makes it so the price of building them relative to the ticket is low Me: on the london to woking there are 300 daily services, same as the whole of the US

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boi
boi

why am i watching this i have never been to the us

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James Padre Juan
James Padre Juan

lol you keep showing the Siemens ACS 64 “City Sprinters”

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Murray Page
Murray Page

Anon: You have forgotten the effect of taxes. In the U.K. the airport taxes typically doubles the cost of the airline ticket, this means that travelers who are on an expense account makes air travel is attractive to business travelers. Also, the inter-continental travelers who benefit from the cheap domestic leg for an inter-continental journey. Travel domestically by car is always a winner for two or more people, especially families; unless the mileage is so far as in the US, and involves multiple overnight stays. Another example of government using taxes to distort the economy.

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jake elwood
jake elwood

😂😂😂 this is the biggest aeroplane fanboy article possible. Mate you've massively underpriced plane travel while maximizing train fares. Stephen Hawking couldn't imagine a dimension of reality where you're pricing is accurate. Do you really love air travel or are you collecting a lobbiest cheque?

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Typowy Laman
Typowy Laman

Yeah as bad as PKP is, the fact i can ride ~300km for 15 euros in 3:40 is pretty nice. Going by car i might be like 10-30 minutes earlier but I'd have to drive and pay for fuel.

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Luka Djordjevic
Luka Djordjevic

In my country(Serbia) Trains are 3 times cheaper than riding on a bus or in a car.

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exaltre studio
exaltre studio

I hope my country have trains

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Janus Aurelian Köstler
Janus Aurelian Köstler

Trains are only expensive in the USA, not in Europe.

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FullOilBarrel
FullOilBarrel

airplanes

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Ecco
Ecco

In China, I love train. It is much cheaper than driving car and much safer than taking planes

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Patrick Mao
Patrick Mao

Trains are expansive. Laughs in China 😆

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JP
JP

4:55 Hmm how do I get into the train business to ki... I mean transport people?

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Marquis Cary
Marquis Cary

Where the hell you get a flight for $50

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Martin Stuart
Martin Stuart

Trains don't crash into people at all people may get in the way of trains but that's the fault of the person crossing the tracks

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Huldenreich1
Huldenreich1

Train Tickets in Germany are way more expensive!

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Andrew Algin
Andrew Algin

In rural Russia: 1100 km trip (22 hours) for 35-40$

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Rocco Santorno
Rocco Santorno

Lol the way he says havre

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Quinn O'Donnell
Quinn O'Donnell

Would love to see a video on canada's via rail

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Kusumavathy K
Kusumavathy K

You pay 0.57$ to kill people😂😂

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FFF
FFF

WTF! So who keep and pay for the airports?

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Jakub Holic
Jakub Holic

This shows, that US is missing a lot of high speed routes. And I mean real high speed. Not acela. Rail on track at 350 km/h, or maglev at about 450-500 km/h. More of these could earn more cash for short rutes.

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SPTLGHT
SPTLGHT

trains are really cheap in my city

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Tony Kenny
Tony Kenny

A plane burns this much fuel... while a train relies on clean electric power.... as if the electricity just comes from nowhere and there are no emissions anywhere caused by the creation of that power!

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the_plague
the_plague

7:11 that's an intercity125

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Arshal Baskey
Arshal Baskey

Great Video of a Great Informative Channel. Keep Making videos like these.

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Donald B
Donald B

Solution,,,,, get rid of the Unions!

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kraken1122
kraken1122

Thanks for the video!! :)

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Stefan Giesen
Stefan Giesen

I think somebody conveniently forgot that in most countries, aviation fuel is either completely tax-free, or at least only has a minimal tax on it. But I'm quite sure that's not the reason why flying is so much cheaper than using basically any other motorized mode of transportation...

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Andrew Cowling
Andrew Cowling

we do not pay the full price for air travel. they might be commercial enterprises. but we do not see the price paid in other ways

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Faustin Gashakamba
Faustin Gashakamba

The sky is not free. It's just an externality where costs are just pushed onto the whole society and poor communiities who never fly those planes are the ones paying in the form of climate change.

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Christian Libertarian
Christian Libertarian

$105,000/yr. Amtrak is not a transport company. It is a union sucking at the government trough.

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Christian Libertarian
Christian Libertarian

@Drwatsonca that was an average.

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Drwatsonca
Drwatsonca

That number itself is flawed since it is based on every employee being paid the same and they are not

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Shadialoth圣凌夜
Shadialoth圣凌夜

3:15 The sky is free Russia: Haha sure

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Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali

That just means trains are awesome: they create zillions of jobs and are clean for environment. They also don't fall on appartments

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Nicopavvi 8
Nicopavvi 8

@Kriss P if you don't park on the railway, your car will be always safe.

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Kriss P
Kriss P

They might not fall on houses, but the other hand I don't want my car rammed by a 100t metal missile either!

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Bhaskaran Nanda
Bhaskaran Nanda

This is true for America only,trains are cheapest on land transport.

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Peter Breis
Peter Breis

Because most of the costs are hidden or ignored with driving and flying. Whereas the full cost of trains is accounted for. Flying gets all sorts of tax breaks, especially on fuel. Trains are extremely durable and have a much longer life than airliners and in my experience the time spent on trains is not wasted, you can work or relax where airlines and the time spent waiting for planes are extremely stressful and a waste of time. Planes also ruin a lot of real estate and lives without ever paying for the consequences. Housing and work spaces under flight paths just have to put up with the huge noise, never mind the pollution and fuel dumped on the people below. I used to live under a flight path and even though where I was the planes were reasonably high you had to stop speaking every time a jet flew over and the pool always had a film of aviation fuel on it, with the smell, and health hazards associated. All forms of transport have their uses and disadvantages, depending usually on the length of the route, but there are also social and political prejudices that distort the choices. Commercial pressures favour often poor choices and lobby groups ensure costly, unhealthy and environmentally bad choices get a smooth run where clean healthy choices are stonewalled. btw Airlines are not the safest transport per kilometre travelled. The Japanese high speed trains have a perfect safety record, despite all the earthquakes and tsunamis they suffer and the massive number of passengers they move.

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Unequalledrug27
Unequalledrug27

Bro talk about India. The trains are way better there financially. They charge less than 1/100 of a flight if ur travelling in standard class

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SGT Martin Williams
SGT Martin Williams

Yes it might be cheaper to fly to prais from london but using the eurostar is just better, Its overall quicker, Its for the most part more comfortable, And it just feels better to go underwater in a tube. Yes a flight is cheaper but very few airlines that go from ldn to paris have 1st class and none stop at 3 or 4 stops to get more passengers, more spred out cost, cheaper tickets, and with a cost of 50 odd pounds to got 1 way its not hard to say, ok ill pick a flight, but overall its more luxurious

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fryskbloed
fryskbloed

In the Netherlands the airplanes are heavy subsidated, they pay no fuel tax and gaIn other benefits.

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Ismalith
Ismalith

Why the are all the costs of a Plane left out? Just because Airports, Ground crews, Fuel and the Planes themselves are insanely subsidised doesn't mean these costs don't exist. Every time people compare trains ot planes or cars, they just throw 90% of the costs of planes and cars out because those are paid by taxes, but let most of them in for trains.

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VA1L4NT F FERR4LL
VA1L4NT F FERR4LL

why is American TRAIN is so Expensive.... ??? because they use another calculated...... $/Miles.... when the world $/Km.... lol.... M=illion K=thousand Laugh in ANTARTICA....

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