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1 / 2 High speed rail is marketed as a sustainable alternative to air traffic.
According to the International Union of Railways, the high speed train "plays a key role in a stage of sustainable development and combating climate change".
Since then, I have been travelling across Europe almost exlusively by train (apart from the occasional boat trip), good for some 70,000 km of long-distance travel.
If you buy a single ticket the day of your departure, you pay €206, almost five times as much.
As more and more reliable train routes are shut down in favour of high speed lines, international train travel becomes prohibitively expensive.
Strangely enough, many of these abolished routes are almost as fast, and sometimes even faster, than the new, expensive high speed connections.
A one-way trip costs €66, half the price of the most common fare of the It's an adventure, not a regular train ride.
And it's become even more unpredictable since December 2012, when the train service between Jeumont (the French border town) and Erquelinnes (the Belgian border town) was suspended.