Commuters heading towards Britain’s capital are spending significantly less on travel compared to London-dwellers
IT may be colder and greyer but when it comes to commuting, it’s better up north.
A recent study into the most searched-for coach and train routes in Britain has revealed a shocking disparity between the cost to trips heading away from capital cities as opposed to heading towards them.
Research conducted by travel search engine gopili showed a difference of as much as 276 per cent in single ticket prices between inbound and outbound journeys from London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
In most cases, travellers departing from London would pay around twice the price of those purchasing a ticket towards the capital from the north of the country.
For those taking the train from London up to Glasgow, an average ticket would cost £65, while the exact same journey in reverse would be less than half the price – just £30.
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Heading away from London proved significantly more expensive across the country, with a ticket from London to Brighton selling for up to 70 per cent more than a trip in the opposite direction.
Train passengers heading towards the capital from Cardiff and Cambridge would also see similar savings – at least £8 – compared to Londoners who wished to visit those destinations.
Coach travel, while a significantly cheaper option in general, also showed large discrepancies in cost for commuters.
In the most extreme cases, a trip to London from Nottingham cost 276 per cent more than the reverse journey, while travellers heading from Aberdeen to Edinburgh could expect to pay 235 per cent more for their trip.
While these were the most popular routes among British travellers, the research also showed a number of other routes between major cities which charged the same amount in both directions.
Interestingly, the study showed that on average, shorter journeys cost more per mile than longer distances travelled.
Of the five most expensive train routes (as much as 44p per mile), none spanned more than 42 miles, compared to the five cheapest (no more than 9p per mile), which were more than 179 miles on average.
Rodolphe Morfoise-Gauthier, UK Country Manager of gopili, said: “These variances in prices between both legs of a journey and between modes of transport provide customers with the chance to make savings that they may have been unaware of.
“Brits should undertake careful research before setting off on their journey to ensure they get the best value for money possible.”