It’s actually cheaper for Plymothians to travel to Ibiza for a long weekend than to take a train to Manchester and back. It costs less to fly and stay in Ibiza for three nights, including coach transfers and baggage allowance, than a train ticket to Manchester on the same dates.
Taking the long weekend from Friday 27th May to Monday 30th May, we compared the prices of trips to Manchester versus trips to Ibiza. Being in a remote corner of the country means Plymouth will still face high train ticket prices, but it’s still shocking that it costs less to reach the Spanish island.
TheTrainLine sells train tickets from Plymouth to Manchester Piccadilly, departing Friday at 1.27pm for £184 and returning Monday at 2.48pm for £199. So the total journey alone would cost £384.10 without also considering accommodation costs.
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To add a basic Premier Inn stay in Manchester city center it would cost £267.50 for the three nights. You can treat yourself to an all-you-can-eat breakfast for an additional £9.50 per morning.
With Jet2holidays you can fly from Bristol Airport to Ibiza on the same dates for a total of £320 which includes a three night stay in a 4* self-catering apartment, Casa Luis Apartments. The price of this trip also takes into account hand luggage, baggage allowance and coach transfers.
A stay at Casa Luis Apartments will allow you to enjoy one of three swimming pools, water sports such as scuba diving, pool bar, restaurant with terrace, air-conditioned gym and daily entertainment. To top it off, you can walk to the beach in just five minutes.
We have included flights from Bristol rather than the nearest airport in Exeter, as you cannot currently fly from Exeter to Ibiza on Wednesdays only. However, you can get to Bristol Airport from Plymouth Coach Station by bus for £15.
Train ticket prices from Plymouth to Manchester can reach shocking prices during peak periods throughout the summer. A first-class ticket could set you back over £400 one-way.
Here is a list of other things that are less than the cost of a return train ticket to Manchester (£384):
- A Skydive – 7,000ft Tandem Skydive for £149
- Overnight spa break – including treatment and dinner for two at a Hilton hotel for £229
- London West End Show – Two tickets to a show like Wicked or Mary Poppins for £129.99
- Afternoon Tea – Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two at Harrods for £99
- Alton Towers – A family ticket for two adults and two children for £250
- Flight to New York – A direct flight from Heathrow to JFK with Virgin Atlantic for £359
- 1,536 Freddo’s – While they are currently 25p each
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