Wednesday 28 September 2016

Blogger saves £7.72 on rail fare from Sheffield to Essex - by flying via Berlin

Published 27/01/2016 | 18:06

Blogger Jordon Cox by the Brandenburg Gate
Blogger Jordon Cox by the Brandenburg Gate
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate is just one of the tourist sights visible to Jordon Cox on his trip from Sheffield to Essex

A teenage blogger claims he saved £7.72 on his train journey from Sheffield to Essex - by taking a plane via Berlin.

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Jordon Cox, 18, who also blogs under the name The Coupon Kid for MoneySavingExpert.com, wrote on the website that he travelled an extra 1,017 miles last week and saved £7.72 by getting back to Essex from Sheffield via Berlin.

He wrote: "I know that flying is not very environmentally friendly and I won't do this every time I travel, however this was the cheapest way for me to get home and I got to enjoy a 'free' mini holiday to a city I've always wanted to visit."

Mr Cox said he had booked a cheap train fare to Sheffield but found a return ticket was £47.

He found that flying from East Midlands Airport to Berlin, spending seven hours exploring the city and then flying to Stansted and getting a bus home was cheaper than a single train journey in England.

He also discovered he could buy a return train ticket to Berlin city centre, enjoy a free tour of a government building and eat lunch there and still save money.

He wrote: "OK, this isn't for everyone as it can take a whole day to get to your final destination, but if you're not in a rush, your focus is saving money and you fancy a little walk around a European city, it's worth a look."

He reminded anyone considering his methods to factor in travel to and from airports to ensure an overall saving and remember the passport.

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