3 reasons to swap your short-haul flight for a road trip


Here’s how to reduce travel stress and your carbon footprint by swapping short-haul flights with chauffeured rides. Travel comfortably while avoiding airline shortages and expensive flight tickets.

A woman reaches her arm out of the passenger window on a drive through the mountains.
Road trips can be more fun, and more eco-friendly. Image credit: averie woodard/Unsplash

Travel can be a stressful and tricky thing to manage, especially when multiple people are involved. Adding ‘eco-friendly accommodations and transportation’ to the list can up the difficulty level exponentially. Luckily, more travel companies are focusing on improving their sustainability efforts and making it easier for people to find and verify their green initiatives and offerings.

Flying is one of the biggest emitters of CO2, but there’s no reason to feel guilty about every trip you take to visit family or get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. No one is expected to stay put in this globally connected world, especially now that there are more sustainable travel options right at your fingertips. 

For instance, instead of taking a short-haul flight in first class from NYC to Washington D.C., which can shoot your own personal emissions up to 615 kg roundtrip (down to 334 kg if you fly business class and 260 kg for economy), you and a friend can take a private, chauffeured ride there and back and only emit 125 kg roundtrip for each person. The more people you add to your ride, the lower the emissions! Plus, we have plenty of space in our vehicles to accommodate your needs.

Make your next couple’s getaway, family vacation, or group trip more sustainable by ditching short-haul flights and booking an intercity ride with Blacklane. Plus, all of our rides 100% carbon neutral through our carbon offset program and in select cities we offer electric vehicles, so you can double up on your sustainability game.

Blacklane chauffeur Emmanuel.
Blacklane chauffeur Emmanuel with his Tesla.

Download the Blacklane app to easily manage your next eco-friendly group road trip and enjoy the privacy and comfort of a chauffeured ride. If you’re still not convinced, then here are three compelling reasons to ride instead of fly:

Save money

While legroom and complimentary services on airplanes shrink, and fuel prices soar, it feels like travelers are paying more exorbitant ticket prices to get far less than they bargained for. Why settle for less? By booking a group intercity ride, you’ll get complimentary water, plenty of legroom to stretch out, privacy for your group, and the ability to make stops for snacks and bathroom breaks. No need to pay more for less options and comfort.

Save time

It’s a common misconception that hopping on a short-haul flight can save you time, but that’s often not the case. Your flight might only last an hour or two, but once you start adding the time it takes you to get to and from the airport at both destinations, security lines, baggage claim, and flight delays or cancellations, the more you realize that you’re not really saving time at all. That two hour flight can turn into a four or five hour door-to-door adventure and driving would take exactly the same amount of time and maybe even less, so what are you really saving?

Save the planet

You don’t need to stop traveling all together in order to reduce your carbon footprint, but making little changes to the way you do will make a world of difference. In comparison to short-haul flights, taking a road trip with two or more passengers produces less emissions than flying, so it seems like a no-brainer to turn your next group adventure into a road trip. Sharing together is caring together and Mother Earth will be glad you did.