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malbarda
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The Transpennine Express is a HUGE rip-off. I live in the US and travel between Stamford, CT and NY Grand Central a couple times per week. This journey costs around $ 21 return in standard class (there is no first). I can sit and the new trains offer plug points throughout. There is no wifi (yet). Depending on what train you catch the journey can take an hour and 10 minutes (local train) to 50 minutes (express).

I travel the Transpennine Express about 10 times per year from Manchester Airport to Leeds to connect to a local service to Harrogate. This journey takes about 1 hour or so and the cheapest standard fare costs GBP 27.40 or $ 41 dollars. There are only plug points in first and the chances that you are standing in standard class in rush hour (when the tickets are also substantially more expensive) are high.

The free tea and biscuit in First is nice, but it will cost you GBP 71 or $ 107 for a return… That is one hell of an expensive cuppa.

I also travel Harrogate – London v.v. a couple of times per year but have now given up on that journey as BA fly from Leeds to LHR and the economy rate (for a 45 minute journey) is substantially below the train.

Trains in the UK are all sub-par in terms of modernity, cleanliness, service, on-time arrival and departure and waaaaayyyyy above par in terms of cost. Blightey: you are being ripped off.