Why a jet is often cheaper
OVERPRICED rail fares have led many people to fly from the UK to a different country and then back to their intended destination in Britain to save money.
In June last year, student Joe Furness, who needed to travel from Newcastle to London, avoided shelling out for a pricey train ticket – by flying to his destination via Spain.
Searching the night before his trip, he found that the cheapest one-way train ticket to the capital, was £78.50. Instead, he flew to Minorca for £26.99. He spent 12 hours on the island and rented a Fiat 500 for £7.50, before flying back to London Gatwick later that day for £26.99.
And in January 2016, teenager Jordan Cox flew via Berlin while trying to get from Sheffield to Essex to avoid the £47 rail fare. His alternative route saved him £7.72.