Higher Online Searches for Train Travel in India, Says Google Trends

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 30 November 2012, 10:23 Hrs
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Bangalore: Indians prefer trains over airplanes as per data from Google trends. In spite of budget airlines and greater air connectivity, Indian Railways continues to be the most preferred mode of travel in the nation. More people search for train tickets in the country than for air tickets. Hyderabad topped this list for online searches for rail tickets, followed by Chennai and Bangalore in the second and third position respectively, reported Aparajita Ray for TNN.

There is more demand for rail journeys in the top 10 cities compared to flights between January 2006 and November 2012 as per Google Trends. In terms of search volumes for train tickets Coimbatore, Mumbai and New Delhi took the fourth, fifth and sixth position respectively, for searches during the six-year period. Mahape (in Navi Mumbai), Gurgaon, Noida and Kochi took the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth position respectively.

It was noted that Karnataka ranks third when searches for train tickets are compared in sub-region wise data. This shows that there are more people on a given day who travel by train than by air. The reason for this could be that people who travel from the city to Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Hyderabad find it easier to travel by train as there are more trains to these places.

On the other hand, Mumbai witnessed the highest volume of searches for air tickets, followed by New Delhi, Mahape, Surat, Gurgaon and others. Bangalore takes the eighth position on the list, after Ludhiana and Noida. Hyderabad was placed last on the list when it came to search volumes on air tickets from the city.

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