Bus charter to the Alps

I spent last week with my family skiing in the Alps. We had a wonderful week with seven days with plenty of snow and a lot of sun. We took a bus charter from Gothenburg (Sweden) to Rauris in Austria. In total we were 52 on the bus out of which we already knew about half the guests. Lennart and Lars, Volvo colleagues, brought their GPS and logged the movement of the bus. We averaged 95 km/h when the ferry and tank stop was excluded. The fuel consumption gave a total of 40 kg carbon dioxide per passenger for the total trip from Sweden to Austria.

Me, off-pist in a slope close to Badhofgastein. Photo: Julia Jobson


By this time of the year Swedish magazines and news papers publish travel guides that present numerous of alternatives where to find the best skiing.


This year, there has been some focus on environmentally friendly ways to travel. I have been trying to find recent articles in English language, without success. Please send me a comment if you know where to find an English site with recent data on carbon dioxide emissions for different holiday charters.


In Swedish language (in the diagrams at the bottom) train is “Tåg”) :




It is clear that the bus beats the train clearly in Europe, depending on the country and amount of coal and other fossil power in the electric grid the details vary. In average the bus has about 50% less emissions of green house gases, than the corresponding train. Cars and Air travel have much higher emissions.


In order to avoid misunderstanding, I want to emphasize that from a green house perspective the worst development that can take place is that we use more fossil coal, oil or gas for either production of fuel or electricity, and improved energy efficiency is always positive.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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