Economics of train travel (continued)

Posted in air travel, easyJet, Trains, transport by Deputy city editor on April 15, 2009

I have previously described the economic absurdity of trains which in any given transport corridor carry fewer people at a higher cost than planes or buses.

Out of curiosity, I price a trip on a plane and a train for a similar trajectory. The train is more than 400 per cent more costly.

It costs £480 and takes 7-8 hours to go from London to Montpellier by train.* Not including the cost of a change of trains and terminals in Paris.

It costs £110 on easyJet and takes less than half the time, door-to-door. **

*Eurostar->SNCF St.Pancras-Montpellier return. Only available fare, booking one week in advance. 

**Booking one week in advance. LGW-MPL return. Includes taxes. One hand bag included.


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  1. Lucy Wadham said, on April 25, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Yes, but you’re forgetting the homo-erotic symbolism of trains and the subliminal function they serve for the collective jouissance of the nation.

  2. Jonathan Miller said, on April 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Of course this is correct.

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