Price comparison: Air vs Rail

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Price comparison: Air vs Rail (Picture: ykanazawa1999)

In the on going battle of Air vs Rail travel, who wins in the price war?

It was recently announced that Eurostar have extended their booking period in an effort to better compete with airlines. Passengers can now book up to 6 months in advance, a 2 month extension, in the hope they will choose rail over air travel.

Changes affect Paris, Brussels and Lille.

Here's a breakdown of how the costs compare between the two modes of travel.

(Thursday February 6,  returning on Sunday February 9)

 

Air

Rail

Paris

£125

Easyjet (1hr 20 mins, Luton)

£228

Eurostar (2hr 16 mins)

Brussels

£188

British Airways (2 hr 15 mins, Heathrow)Heath

£138

Eurostar (2 hr 7 mins

Lille

No direct flights

£138

Eurostar (1hr 28 mins)

Amsterdam

£137

EasyJet (1 hour, Gatwick)

£239

Eurostar (4 hr 44 mins, one change)

Lyon

£114

EasyJet (1hr 40 mins)

£278

Eurostar (5hr 55 mins, one change)

Grenoble

£116

EasyJet (1hr 35 mins)

£318

Eurostar (6 hours 42 mins, one change)

And for those looking for a summer holiday: Thursday June 5, returning on Sunday June 8

 

Air

Rail

Paris

£139

Easyjet (1hr 1 mins, Gatwick)

£138

Eurostar

Brussels

£145

EasyJet (1hr 10 mins, Gatwick)

£138

Eurostar

Lille

No direct flights

£138

Eurostar

Journeys to Amsterdam, Lyon and Grenoble still cannot be booked more than three months in advance.

What do you think? Would you be swayed from air travel in favour of travelling by rail? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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