Rail fare hike makes UK commuting as costly per kilometre as luxury train travel

Research conducted by luxury rail operator Rocky Mountaineer reveals that some of the UK’s commuter rail routes now cost as much per kilometre as several of the world’s most luxurious train journeys in far-flung holiday destinations including Australia, Canada and South Africa. 

As the price of train tickets rocketed by an average of 3.4% in the New Year and workers headed back to the office, many commuters will have been dreaming of booking their next vacation. However, they may not have considered that their daily train ticket was costing them as much per kilometre as the trip of a lifetime onboard some of the world’s most luxurious consumer trains. 

For 9p less per kilometre than the packed commuter train from Bedford to London St Pancras, Brits could recline in the lap of luxury on Australia’s Indian Pacific Train, with views of the spectacular Blue Mountains. 

At a price of just 55p more per kilometre than a ticket from London Euston to Birmingham New Street, commuters could swap the snack trolley for gourmet meals and unlimited drinks onboard Rocky Mountaineer’s SilverLeaf Service on the train’s popular First Passage to the West route, which runs from Vancouver to Banff through the unparalleled landscape of the Canadian Rockies. 

Alternatively, For 13p more per kilometre is a trip on the Blue Train in South Africa, whose 27-hour journey runs the 1,600km route between Pretoria and Cape Town. 

For added luxury, a GoldLeaf Service journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer for two people along the First Passage to the West route (priced from £1,344.66 per person) would now set a couple back £2,262.68 less than a single annual season ticket from Cambridge to London King’s Cross – nearly half of the total £4,952 price tag. 

However, unlike this commuter route, GoldLeaf Rocky Mountaineer journeys are inclusive of unlimited cocktails, three-course cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, reclining heated seating, 360-degree glass domed cars and the opportunity to spot a bear or two: a far cry from standing room only carriages, concrete cityscapes and construction work. 

What’s more, until 2nd March 2018, Rocky Mountaineer is offering even better value per kilometre, rewarding couples booking their journey of a lifetime with up to £380 in credit. Applicable to 2018 packages of five or more days on select 2018 dates, the offer allow couples to stay and play for longer; added value can be applied to extra hotel nights, additional meals, meal plans and airport transfers. 

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