Why coach travel is the smart option to take in 2024

by | 13 May 2024

Coach travel is great for the environment, great for your wallet, and a great way to travel in style in 2024. With this year’s unique demands, from airline instability to an ever-growing climate concern, coach travel provides the most hassle-free and comfortable way to explore Europe and beyond.

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When it comes to understated luxuries in travel, flexibility is high on the list – and there’s nothing more flexible than coach travel. When you travel by coach, you can take routes and itineraries that just wouldn’t be possible by train or plane, in particular the access to small villages and towns off the beaten path. With Insight’s 150+ unique itineraries, you’ll find idiosyncratic routes that show you the most fascinating sights and insights of your destination.


Not is coach travel incredibly flexible, but it also creates less pollution per passenger per kilometer than any other form of transport – 85% less than car and air, and nearly 40% less than rail. This rings especially true for Insight Vacations’ Euro Emissions 6 registered coach fleet, one of the most efficient in Europe. This rating means it creates up to 97% less particulate emissions and 95% less nitrogen oxide emissions than vehicles that meet previous Euro Emissions standards.

This is just one of the ways we MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and show our dedication to reducing our emissions. One of the strongest travel trends in 2024 is a shift towards conscious, sustainable travel, which means choosing coach travel one of the best ways to make a difference to your travel footprint.

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Source: DEFRA (UK Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) conversion factors 2014.

* Car assumes UK average of 1.5 people per car.

** Coach assumes average of 36 passengers.

This is just one of the ways we MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and show our dedication to reducing our emissions. One of the strongest travel trends in 2024 is a shift towards conscious, sustainable travel, which means choosing coach travel one of the best ways to make a difference to your travel footprint.

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A travel trend that has lasted into 2024 is the high cost of flights. In yesteryear, if one wanted to go on an adventure through different parts of Europe, it was easy to take a few short-haul flights and have little problem. Now, with sky-high flight tickets, people want to avoid taking more flights than necessary. This is where coach travel’s reliability becomes so attractive. With a coach, one can easily dot across several countries without the check-ins, luggage concerns and general tribulations of air travel.

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Take one of Insight Vacations’ complex European itineraries, for example. You can journey across countries and cultures, from the sun of Iberia to the palaces of Central Europe. For such an itinerary, the stress of air or rail travel can overcome the trip. Deciphering timetables in foreign languages, booking in luggage, finding your way to train stations and airports, it’s a lot of work and there are so many things that can go wrong.

With Insight, you can sit back and relax as your driver does all the hard work for you. You simply wait at your hotel as you’re picked up and dropped off at your next destination. No more strange train stations, no more manic airports.


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With the stresses of air travel made abundantly clear in 2022, travelers today want comfort and leisure. That’s what you’ll get on Insight’s fleet of luxury coaches, designed for you to travel in style. Purpose-built for smaller groups, they have been remodeled with 13 fewer seats. This way you can stretch out, sitting high above the traffic, taking in the beautiful scenery with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Add to that on-board bathroom facilities, device chargers, tray tables, drink holders, complimentary Wi-Fi and personal air-conditioning, you’ll find a superior on-road experience designed for comfort and class.

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In 2024, the journey is part of the destination. While driving, the stunning countryside can only be glanced at – but with coach travel, one can sit back and enjoy the view, especially from an Insight coach’s elevated seat. Unique landscapes and countryside, which would otherwise go unnoticed, can be properly appreciated through coach travel, allowing you to savor the journey while embracing the essence of the destination.


In 2024, as the cost of living escalates, coach travel is a very cost-effective option to consider. When you travel by coach on a guided tour you make a single payment and share the taxes and maintenance fees with other passengers. This stands in direct contrast to when buy several train rides and flights, with each ticket’s individual taxes piling on top of one another.

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Coach travel is becoming a popular choice for many travelers in 2024, and for good reason. It provides flexibility, low emissions, comfort, and reliability. And with the cost of living escalating and flight prices remaining high, it’s an increasingly cost-effective option too. Overall, coach travel in 2024 offers a perfect blend of convenience, affordability, and sustainability for travelers looking for a comfortable way to explore the world in style.

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I'm Jay – born in Italy, raised in South London. Having French sisters and Hungarian ancestors, I've always been fascinated with the world and its cultures, and I carry this curiosity into my writing for Insightful. My favourite destinations I've traveled to so far have been Italy, Peru, France and Brazil.