Following on from the recent price rises for train travel and my posts on travel costs, I decided to do a little comparison exercise. Picking a long distance journey for a potential trip to Scotland, I looked at the main options for travel and costed them. As well as that I also looked at the relative time of travel for each option.
The journey is from my hometown in South Wales to Aviemore which I have looked at before as a potential trip. Its all subjective as to when you travel, how far in advance you book the tickets and also how much time you are going to invest in finding the absolute optimum route! To make it easier on myself I used the website www.transportdirect.info to give me all the options. I could spend days just looking at various options but this website is a pretty good starting point. The travel time is 2 months hence from a Thursday to a Monday.
Well this was a minefield of choices so I went for the cheapest option
cost = £198.60
time of travel = 10 hours 50 mins
no of changes = 3
Time of departure = in this instance 10.25 in the morning
Again the cheapest and simplest option was chosen
cost = £134.40
time of travel = 14 hours 59 mins
no of changes = 3
Time of departure = in this instance 06.51 in the morning
cost of petrol = £120 approx (not including wear and tear!)
time of travel = 9 hours 2 minsno. of changes = none
Time of departure = flexible
cost of flight and associated connections/parking = £82.70
time of travel = 6 hours 30 mins
no. of changes = 2
Time of departure = 08.00
As suspected from my earlier post the cheapest, and as it turns out quickest, option is to fly (with associated transport to and from the airports). The most expensive, again as suspected, is the train (if I had chosen 1st class the train would have been a staggering £640!). The most flexible and a reasonable cost was of course the car.
So, although no great surprises, it just highlights the huge costs associated with train travel in the UK. This is a real shame as I really enjoy train travel (as opposed to bus and to a certain extent the plane). So when I eventually do manage to get up to Scotland (2012 would be nice), I would go by car or plane
The not so small price of a walk……