What Does it Cost to Travel By Train?
Although it is tempting to assume that traveling by train is always going to be the cheaper alternative, this is not always the case. In some cases, there are actually budget airline tickets that cost less than luxury train tickets to the same destination. It is also possible to get a budget airline ticket that costs less than a train ticket if you bought the plane ticket in advance, while the train ticket was purchased for immediate use.
For instance, train tickets from London to Paris on the popular Eurostar line range from £155 or approximately US$243 for standard cabins all the way to £225 or US$352 for more luxurious travel accommodations. A plane ticket costs approximately £130 or US$204 to £200 or US$313 for the same trip. To travel the distance by plane takes a little over an hour whereas taking the train takes a little over two hours.
One good way of bringing down the cost of a train ticket is by planning ahead and paying in advance. This kind of foresight could save you as much as fifty percent on the cost of a train ticket, which can really make an impact on your travel budget. To save even more money on the cost of train travel, you can buy a pass that groups a number of locations together. Some common examples of this are the EuroRail Pass, the Amtrak Pass or Multi-ride passes on any train line. If you plan on taking an extensive vacation using railway transportation along the way, these are ideal solutions because you can use the schedules to map out your route and then buy them in advance. There may even be specials for children, seniors or students so this is another avenue for cost cutting.
Assuming that you wanted to take the same class of transportation, and you would buy both ahead of time and compare each on the basis of cost alone, then in most instances taking the train would be less expensive, but especially in instances where measures such as those mentioned above, were taken to cut costs.