Train zone map


Travelling by train in Europe

At the University of Twente, the train is the default mode of travel whenever possible. The train zone map is a tool to check whether or not a trip from Enschede to a city in Europe can easily be taken by train. It shows how long it takes to reach a certain destination by train, and shows the travel times and CO2-emissions from the trip by train and plane. The map makes it easy to check if the train is a good option for your trip, so it's easy to make a more sustainable choice!

The map

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More information

  • What is the Train zone map?

    The Train zone map is a tool that shows a selection of cities in Europe to which the UT considers the train the default travel option. On the map, you can click on the city you want to travel to. You can then see the travel times and CO2-emission for both the train and airplane.

  • Why is travelling by train instead of the plane important?

    Mobility is an important contributor to the CO2-footprint of the UT. In 2019 (pre-corona), flights alone constituted 13% of the emissions of our university. In Shaping2030, reducing travel is explicitly a goal:

    “In order to reduce travel, our people will be fully accustomed to using digital technologies for conferencing. When travel is unavoidable, we will no longer use airlines for <800km trips.”

    Thus, the UT wants its employees and students to use more sustainable modes of travel where possible. The Train Zone map is a tool to create awareness about the environmental impact of travel choices. The end goal is to lower the CO2 footprint of business and study travel, thus contributing toour sustainability goals.

  • How are the travel times and CO2-emissions determined?

    In order to make a realistic comparison, travel times by plane are based on flight duration plus travel time from the airport to city centre of the destination city (variable), waiting time for check-in (1 hour) and security checks (1,5 hours) and travel time from Enschede to Schiphol (by train, 2 hours).

    Travel time from home to the train station is excluded as this is complicated to implement and the same for both train and plane (assuming travel to Schiphol by train).

    The CO2 emission has been calculated by EcoPassenger (, a scientifically validated tool to calculate the energy consumption, CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts for planes, cars and trains in passenger transport. Travel times for the train and flight duration are also based on this tool.

    All travel times and number of transfers (for both train and plane) are only an indication, as they can vary based on the date and time of the trip.


The UT wants to further improve this tool and is open to feedback. If you have questions or remarks about the train zone map, please send an email to