Comfort Influences the Choice Between Airplane and Train Even on Short Distances

G. Vledder*, H. Kılıç, Y. Song, P. Vink

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High-speed rail might be a solution to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions as rail transport consumes less energy than airplanes. However, in choosing a transport system, time is an important factor in making many passengers choose air travel. This paper studies the reasons why passengers choose a transport mode, and compares the comfort of aircraft and train seats. This study shows that time and costs are the most mentioned factors, but comfort and sustainability can play a deciding role between trains and airplanes on time and cost-competitive travel routes. The train seat is evaluated as the most comfortable, but still, part of the passengers choose the aircraft as the length of sitting on the seat is limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1634-1638
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event67th HFES International Meeting 2023 - Washington DC, United States
Duration: 23 Oct 202327 Oct 2023


  • comfort,
  • mobility
  • transport choice
  • sustainability
  • seat characteristics
  • train
  • Airplane


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