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Train travel often the costliest option

Holiday Which? looks at the cheapest way to travel


Trains are often the most expensive way to travel around the UK, Holiday Which? warns today.

Its researchers found that the cheapest advertised fares were frequently unavailable – even when tickets were bought weeks in advance – and the range of tickets was confusing.

Although cheap single fares of £13.50 were advertised for a journey from London to Glasgow, these were unavailable to buy during the research period, leaving a £77 Super Advance Return as the next best fare.

Unsurprisingly, coaches were the cheapest way to get around.  The lowest fare found from London to Glasgow was only £22.50 – 4p per mile – but also took the longest at between 8 -11 hours.

Even taking into account check-in times and waiting around at the airport, travelling by plane was the quickest, and not always the most expensive option – cheap deals included £34.95 from Birmingham to Edinburgh with bmibaby.

Book early

Holiday Which? Editor Lorna Cowan said: ‘Our research found trains are the most expensive way to get around the country – it’s important to try to book early so you can take advantage of cheap deals.  It’s probably too late to get one of the really cheap tickets if you’re travelling by train this Easter though, as train timetables are set 12 weeks in advance and the bargains get snapped up.

‘Look at prices carefully when you buy your ticket, though, as sometimes you won’t necessarily be offered the lowest price; for example two single tickets are often cheaper than a return.’

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