Business travellers prefer rail over air for domestic trips

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Business travellers have a lot on their mind and when it comes to travelling domestically for business and the question of rail vs. air is likely to come up.

The answer seems to lie in the number three with a recent study by the Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) finding that business travellers opt for the cheaper rail journey, even when it’s twice as long, over the a flight, unless the route is over three hours.

The close proximity of train stations to city centre’s as well as the time available to get some work done whilst travelling, is appealing to business travellers.

However, the convenience of trains as well as the potential monetary savings are less likely to attract travellers going over the three hour mark, even if it’s by half an hour: HRG found that the 55 minute flight between Manchester and Edinburgh was a better option than the 56 percent cheaper three hour 31 minute train ride for nine out of ten business travellers.

To help business travellers find the best mode of travel, HRG launched a new version of HRG i-Suite at the Business Travel Show in London last month, which has travel times and compares fares between airlines and rail companies on UK domestic routes.

How far will you ride a train before you catch a flight?

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N.
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