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24 January 2008 @ 09:53 am
The Bizarre Nature of English Travel  
Given the lateness of my decision to get train tickets, the cost of train tickets from Manchester on Thursday night for both ladyat and myself is almost the same (less by £20) than renting a car. The train fare for the return after the convention is easily the cost of gasoline (about a tank and a half worth).

Green sensibilities aside, a car is SO much more convenient for hauling instruments and getting to-and-from places. Usually the difference in price is prohibitive. Guess the exchange rate means they are giving hefty discounts to US tourists. Well, that and the fact we got an extended weekend rate on the car.

If I'd known we were renting a car, we'd have flown to Gatwick instead of Manchester. Manchester is good to get out of by train because you don't have to haul luggage across the gap between Kings Cross Thameslink and Kings Cross stations (there is still a haul but at least it is indoors). By car, though, you just can't get east across the width of England easily from Manchester - there's these peaks and valleys in the way...
Current Mood: pensivepuzzled
Keriskeristor on January 24th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
It's not very surprising these days, the cost of train travel has risen drastically (ISTR figures of 15% increase this year in many regions). Even with fuel price increass (we're at almost US$8 per USgallon) it's cheaper for me to take a car on my own than the train (or bus) to most places and as you say it's much more convenient.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on January 24th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
If I'd had everything planned early I'd probably have been able to get the train for cheaper, but the discount rates seem to go away for open-jaw itineraries and for 7-day advance or less.