Are you looking forward to travelling again once lockdown ends, but are concerned about the risk of taking a train journey?

You shouldn’t be: don’t be put off the greenest form of transport.

Risk of Infection is less than 0.01% 

According to research by the RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board), the risk of Covid-19 infection is less than 0.01% on an average journey.

Analysis by the rail safety body has shown the risk of contracting Covid-19 while travelling by train is estimated to be about 1 in 11,000 journeys.

The assumptions behind this are complex, but these numbers are based on an hour-long train journey in a carriage with no social distancing or face coverings.

Risk is halved when masks are worn

Evidently, from a Ski Flight Free point of view, we are normally considering longer journeys of 3-4 hours at a time (to/from Paris).

However, the RSSB report shows that the risk more than halves (to 1 infection in 20,000 journeys) when face coverings are worn – and they are currently mandatory for all train journeys in the UK and Europe.

Ski Flight Free founder Iain has travelled to Switzerland by train twice in the ‘new normal’ – once to Saas Fee and once to Crans Montana – with mask wearing compulsory at all stages in the journey.

This is his video report from travelling on the Eurostar in July:


And his video on travelling to and from Crans Montana:



This research was conducted based on data early 2020, when infection rates were higher than the current numbers in the UK (at March 2021). This work was peer reviewed by a team from the Chief Scientific Adviser’s office at DfT and a team from DSTL. You can view the full report here.

Train travel has its benefits…