Flying via Berlin cheaper than a UK train ticket


Travelling between Sheffield and Essex? Try flying via Berlin, if you want to save some money.

That was the conclusion drawn by Jordon Cox, aka. Coupon Kid, a blogger for MoneySavingExpert.com. Upon trying to book a train fare to Sheffield, he was dismayed by the £47 return ticket price, but instead found that flying from East Midlands airport to the German capital and then flying to London Stansted and getting a bus home was cheaper than journey via British rails.

“I always go the extra mile to save money, but last week I went the extra 1,017 miles and saved £7.72 by getting back to Essex from Sheffield via Berlin – I even had enough Euros spare for a currywurst sausage by the Brandenburg Gate… Wunderbar!” he wrote on the money-saving site.

“I know that flying is not very environmentally friendly and I won’t do this every time I travel, however this was the cheapest way for me to get home and I got to enjoy a ‘free’ mini holiday to a city I’ve always always wanted to visit.”

The bizarre findings follow research that found over 400,000 Brits are debating moving overseas in order to afford owning a property. So, next time you debate where to move based on your commuting costs, bear in mind that moving abroad may not be such a silly option after all.

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