How traveling home by car instead of the train this Christmas could save families more than £ 300

How traveling home by car instead of the train this Christmas could save families more than £ 300

Traveling by car instead of train this Christmas could not be enough to buy a new PlayStation 4, it's been claimed.

Families could save more than £ 300 by driving to visit relative to the holidays instead of getting the train, research found.

£ 221.75 – compared to just £ 55.87 for the average drive.

Traveling by car instead of train this Christmas could not be enough to buy a new PlayStation 4, it's been claimed

Traveling by car instead of train this Christmas could not be enough to buy a new PlayStation 4, it's been claimed

Traveling by car instead of train this Christmas could not be enough to buy a new PlayStation 4, it's been claimed

Family journeys between London and 28 cities around the UK – including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, York, Edinburgh, Leicester, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth and Southampton – were at an average of 75 per cent cheaper by car.

London, Newcastle, where it would cost £ 412.20 to travel by a £ 315.84 dearer than going by car, which would cost £ 96.36.

Families traveling to Leeds or Leicester could save more than 80 per cent by driving instead of getting the train, with a journey to Leeds nearly £ 264 cheaper and one to Leicester more than £ 152 cheaper.

The smallest savings were on shorter journeys, with trips to Cambridge and Canterbury, in Kent, only around £ 36 cheaper by car than by train.

But short journeys by train were not always good value. A family traveling between London and nearby Reading, in Berkshire, this Christmas could expect to pay £ 84.90 by train – a massive 83 per cent more expensive than the £ 14.16 cost of driving.

Carrying out a journey through thetrainline.com and the RAC's Journey Planner.

Prices for October-Friday travel on Friday, December 21, and returning on Thursday, December 27.

Family journeys between London and 28 cities around the UK - including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, York, Edinburgh, Leicester, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth and Southampton - were at an average of 75 per cent cheaper by car

Family journeys between London and 28 cities around the UK - including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, York, Edinburgh, Leicester, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth and Southampton - were at an average of 75 per cent cheaper by car

Family journeys between London and 28 cities around the UK – including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, York, Edinburgh, Leicester, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth and Southampton – were at an average of 75 per cent cheaper by car

Toyota Corolla, at the current average petrol price of 131p per liter.

The figures did not take place in Christmas time, the cost of service station breaks or the need for overnight stays on long car journeys with children.

They also make the cost of wearing the car or the costs of hiring a car.

EasyCar said families could use the savings from driving to buy 'the ultimate gift' for their children and would not have to worry about carrying bags and presents, or train delays.

CEO Richard Laughton said: 'Families traveling home for Christmas can be more about their journeys and budget better for the festive period by taking the car. This will leave you with a bit more holiday cash to spend during the Christmas period. '

HOW TRAVEL COSTS COMPARE

London – Edinburgh

Train: £ 428.70

Car: £ 141.30

Saving: £ 287.40 / 67%

London – Newcastle

Train: £ 412.20

Car: £ 96.36

Saving: £ 315.84 / 77%

London – Manchester

Train: £ 260.70

Car: £ 71.22

Saving: £ 189.48 / 73%

London – Leeds

Train: £ 330.00

Car: £ 66.40

Saving: £ 263.60 / 80%

London – Birmingham

Train: £ 88.50

Car: £ 43.00

Saving: £ 45.50 / 51%

London – Leicester

Train: £ 187.00

Car: £ 34.62

Saving: £ 152.38 / 81%

London – Cambridge

Train: £ 59.00

Car: £ 21.82

Saving: £ 37.18 / 63%

London – Reading

Train: £ 84.90

Car: £ 14.16

Saving: £ 70.74 / 83%

London – Plymouth

Train: £ 300.30

Car: £ 73.40

Saving: £ 226.90 / 76%

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