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Study reveals: The 50 best cities for sustainable travel

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Berlin, Germany’s largest and capital city, is the best city for sustainable travel in 2020.

NEW YORK, NY - Tourlane, a leading planning and booking service for expert-made dream vacations, has revealed the top cities for a sustainable vacation - just in time for World Environment Day on June 5th. The ranking, which includes 50 places from all six inhabited continents, provides travelers an interesting range of cities to consider when selecting an eco-friendly getaway. 

Tourlane’s Travel Experts curated the final shortlist of 50 cities based on eight categories: 

  • Accessibility by train
  • Public transportation
  • Low car ownership
  • Green space
  • The ratio of locals to tourists
  • Clean air
  • Renewable energy usage
  • Recycling 

Berlin, Germany’s largest and capital city, is the best city for sustainable travel in 2020. The German-speaking DACH region ranks particularly highly, with five cities in the top 10. Vienna followed by Munich are this year’s runners up, ranking second and third respectively. 

Rank

City

Country

Total Score

1

Berlin

Germany

53.28

2

Vienna

Austria

52.93

3

Munich

Germany

50.84

“As a carbon neutral company that offsets the carbon emissions of our travelers and our team, we believe that sustainability is more important than ever when planning trips and traveling” said Tourlane’s Senior Travel Product Manager, Arlett Walleck. “We’re seeing an increasing number of travelers choosing to spend their vacations in an environmentally friendly way and seeking out destinations outside of the typical tourist circuit.” 

Additional takeaways from the research: 

  • European cities rank highest in the Train Accessibility category, while cities in Africa, Asia, and South America rank highest in the Car Free category.
  • Cities in Europe have the most green space and the cleanest air. 
  • Renewable energy is popular around the world, with cities in Africa, Oceania, South America, North America, and Europe in the top 10 for this category.
  • German-speaking cities are doing the most recycling, with five out of the top six located here.
  • English-speaking cities rank first and second in the Public Transport category.
  • Asia has 6 cities in the ranking, making it the second best-represented continent. 
  • North America has more cities in the ranking compared to South America (five compared to four). 
  • Europe is the best-represented continent overall, with 29 cities in the ranking.
  • Africa has more cities in the ranking compared to Oceania (three compared to two). 
  • Tokyo is the most populous city in this year’s ranking, with approximately 37 million citizens.
  • Reykjavik is the least populous city, with approximately 123,000 citizens. 
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