A Youtuber has shared his findings after holding a race from Edinburgh to London to settle the age old debate – is it faster to go by train or plane between the two capitals?
Vlogger Dylan’s Travel Reports went from Edinburgh to London and back – going down south via train and back up by plane to see which was a faster journey.
Instead of measuring the race by the time between station to station and airport to airport – because obviously the plane is faster – Dylan decided to race from two different ‘non transport’ related destinations within the cities: the Houses of Parliament in London and Edinburgh Castle.
He said: “The only I’ve really implemented in this race is that I can only use public transport to get to and from the station/airport and these locations”.
To get from Edinburgh Castle to the Houses of Parliament Dylan walked from the castle to Edinburgh Waverley. Following the 4 hour 20 minute train journey to Kings Cross Station, he simply hopped on the tube (changing line once) before getting off at Westminster and making his way to the Houses of Parliament. The total cost of this came to just £36.35 including public transport.
It took a grand total of 5h 24m 11s to travel from the Castle to the Houses of Parliament via train.
Dylan then immediately begun the next leg of his race (what a day!) to try and make his way back to Edinburgh – this time going by plane.
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To catch the BA flight from Heathrow, Dylan had to catch the tube to Paddington before getting a train to Heathrow.
After making his way through the airport and security, he took the flight to Edinburgh Airport before catching a tram to the west end of Princes Street and walking to the castle.
The whole cost of the airplane’s leg of the race came in at almost £50 more than the train trip at £83.92.
But the most important bit – which was faster? Well, the plane leg of the race took… drumroll please… 5h 10m 29 seconds.
The plane did beat the train but by just 15 minutes!
Dylan said: “There’s only a 15-minute difference which is quite incredible really once you factor in all the hassle of going to the airport, going through security and what not and then all the faff at the other end. It’s quite a testament to the train really.”
We know how we’ll be heading down south next time! To watch more of Dylan’s brilliant travel videos, check out his YouTube here.