Train prices are pretty steep, as one 21-year-old recently found out.
Trainee shipping officer Joe Furness recently flew from Newcastle to London via Menorca after discovering it would be cheaper than getting the direct train.
He shared a photo of himself on a beach on Instagram, along with the caption: “I can have a night on a Spanish island, hire a car, have a cocktail on the beach, fly back to London and still have £40 left over, or I could have sat on a train.
“What would you have rather done?”
Furness claimed that purchasing a Virgin Trains ticket from Newcastle to London would have costed him £78.50 on the day that he needed to travel.
Instead, he opted to fly with Thomas Cook from Newcastle to Menorca for £15.00, then from Menorca to London for £10.99.
He also spent £7.50 on car hire and £4 on a cocktail, leaving him with £40 left over.
According to the Evening Standard, he took the trip abroad “to show just how ridiculous the UK train fares are”.
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