If there’s one thing that people in this country can probably agree on, it’s that train prices are absolutely ridiculous and this is exemplified by this next story, where a student found it cheaper to travel to London from Newcastle via Spain rather than paying the exorbitant train fare.
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21-year-old Joe Furness found that a train to London was £78.50 even when he was using his young person’s railcard (which typically gives you a third off rail fares) and so decided to look into his other options for travelling to the Big Smoke:
I once flew from Newcastle to Manchester via Switzerland, because it was like £20 cheaper… So I thought I’d have a look to see what the flights from Newcastle, to anywhere in the world, and back to London Gatwick.
I found that travelling to Menorca (one of Spain’s Balearic islands) and then onto London would only cost me £26. It seemed like a no brainer.
Well, I would argue that a 12 hour layover and all the time and money spent getting to the airport and waiting around might equate to that extra £50 for the convenience of just walking onto a train with no issues and getting to your final destination in about four hours, but Joe didn’t seem too bothered about that and seemed to enjoy his time in Menorca:
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Newcastle – London Train🚈£78.50 Newcastle – Menorca🇪🇸🛫 £15.99 Menorca – London 🇬🇧🛫£10.99 Car hire🚘 £7.50 Sex on the beach cocktail 🍸£4 I can have a night on a Spanish island, hire a car, have a cocktail on the beach, fly back to London and still have £40 left over….. OR I could have sat on a train What would you have rather done? #virgintrains #thomascook @virgin @thomascookuk
Fair play I suppose, although not everyone has the option of taking a day out of their lives to save £40/spend it in a more enjoyable way.
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