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Six holidays that cost less than a rail fare from London to Manchester

by Staff
  • You could save more money than you think enjoying a well-earned holiday 



Train fares across the UK have been increased by nearly 5 per cent, leading campaigners to warn that Britons are being priced off the railways.

It comes after the Department for Transport announced last December that regulated fares in England would increase by up to 4.9 per cent.

These include season tickets on most commuter journeys, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance routes and flexible tickets for travel around major cities.

According to Trainline, an anytime open return from London to Manchester costs £369.40. Following the latest price increase on British rail fares, here are six holidays that cost less to book than a rail fare from London to Manchester, according to The Telegraph.  

Read on below for the full list.  

Fly to Barbados

From all-night parties, delicious local fish and seafood to rum-tasting, there is much more to do in Barbados than topping up your tan on the nearest beach

From all-night parties, delicious local fish and seafood to rum-tasting, there is much more to do in Barbados than topping up your tan on the nearest beach. 

The island’s capital, Bridgetown, has a number of different spots to explore that feature on Unesco‘s famed World Heritage List. 

The city centre contains a number of Anglican churches, plantation homes and botanical gardens. 

Do keep in mind that renting accommodation for a week will put you over the budget compared to a train ticket from London to Manchester – but not by much.

Tui is currently offering flights from Birmingham to Barbados over six nights, departing on March 17, from £303 per person, which includes the cost of hand luggage.

Make the most of the low season in Mallorca

Before Easter, temperatures are already close to 20C and the island is easy to navigate at this time of year thanks to its relatively and lack of tourists

While Mallorca is a mainstay for British tourists across the Easter and summer holidays, you could enjoy a holiday there while saving huge amounts by travelling in low season. 

Before Easter, temperatures are already close to 20C and the island is easy to navigate at this time of year thanks to its relatively and lack of tourists. 

While it has garnered a reputation for being too rowdy, Palma does have some options worth exploring. 

One such spot is Peguera – meaning ‘oven tar’ in Catalan – which does have has a large beach and a number of spots in which to eat and drink.  Located just under 25km from Palma, it is an ideal place for any holidaymakers who prefer to be a bit more adventurous, with walking trails and mountain villages in the Tramuntana range.

Tui has a seven-night holiday in the Vibra Beverly Playa in Paguera on a bed and brekfast basis from £327 per person, for a twin room with ‘limited sea view’ and balcony, including direct flights from Gatwick, which depart on March 15.

Opt for a beach break in Malta

Malta has golden beaches, extraordinary history, the picturesque cap capital city of Valletta and some exquisite food and drink

Malta has golden beaches, extraordinary history, the picturesque cap capital city of Valletta and some exquisite food and drink. 

It also has the advantage of being small to allow you to stay anywhere in the country, giving you the freedom to see Valletta and the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, as well as Mdina. 

St Julian’s, set off by Balluta Bay, boasts the neo-gothic Carmelite Parish Church and several Art Nouveau buildings. A lengthy promenade handily connects the resort with Sliema.

Lastminute.com has a five-night holiday at the So City Hotel in St Julian’s on a bed and breakfast basis from £351 per person, including flights from Heathrow which depart on May 21.

Go Inter-railing 

A range of passes are available but travelling every day for a month is not the best way to do it, as it cheaper to buy travel for ten days

instead of travelling the distance from London to Manchester for two-and-a-half hours, why not go Inter-railing around Europe instead?

After all, it is an environmentally-friendly way of being able to visit a number of different countries and cities across Europe that you may not otherwise have the chance to explore. 

Handily, sleeper trains still run on a number of different routes, meaning you can usually secure a bed for a small fee. 

A range of passes are available but travelling every day for a month is not the best way to do it, as it cheaper to buy travel for ten days.

A ten day Interrail Global Pass Promo Adult costs €380 (£325), allowing ten days of rail travel within two months in 2nd class carriages across 33 countries. 

You can travel on as many trains as you like on each of your ten travel days. This offer is active now, with the normal price being €447 (£380).

A walking trip in the North Yorkshire Moors

A self-guided walking holiday gives you the chance to explore these aspects of nature as well as the famous sites of Whitby Abbey and Robin Hood’s Bay

The North York Moors National Park has the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in England, with valleys and woodland featuring in one of the country’s most serene locations. 

A self-guided walking holiday gives you the chance to explore these aspects of nature as well as the famous sites of Whitby Abbey and Robin Hood’s Bay.

HF holidays has a three-night self-guided walking holiday in the North York Moors from £339 per person, including en-suite accommodation in the company’s own country house, a cream tea, with bed and breakfast, packed lunches and dinners. 

Based on March departures (other dates are available). 

A weekend in Blackpool

Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre are all World Heritage sites, but the town also offers some quality culinary options.

Out of season, the UK’s most popular seaside resort, home of the notorious Pleasure Beach, is a great place for walking, with routes along the beach and promenade, and trams to bring you back to the town centre or your hotel when you have exerted enough energy.

Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre are all World Heritage sites, but the town also offers some quality culinary options. 

Big Blue, of Strictly Come Dancing royalty, is next to the Pleasure Beach theme park, and just 150 yards from the beach.

Booking.com has three nights in a double at the Big Blue Hotel for £330 (so £115pp), including breakfast, from March 15-18.

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