July 16 2010 by Amy Graff
Everyone in the travel industry is talking about it. Airlines are up this summer. If you didn't book weeks ago, you're going to be hard pressed to find any deals for July, or August.
So if you're traveling on a budget, does that mean you should opt for a road trip or train travel? Are these options cheaper?
USA Today answers this question in a recent article by looking at the cost of travel for three summer trips. Boston to New York City, Los Angeles to Las Vegas and Indianapolis to Chicago. The writer priced out airfare, bus fare, train tickets, and road-trip fuel costs, and also calculated the amount of time each respective travel method would take. Each scenario shows round-trip per-person costs, including all taxes and fees. Estimated duration times are each-way. For the fuel test comparisons, the writer checked prices on AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator using a 2005 Honda Civic as an example.
Route: Boston/New York
- Flight Price/Duration: $123/1h 20m
- Train Price/Duration: $98/4h 10m (NE Regional), $221/3h 35m (Acela)
- Bus Price/Duration: $19/4h 15m
- Fuel Price/Duration: $42/3h 40m
Route: Los Angeles/Las Vegas
- Flight Price/Duration: $130/1h
- Train Price/Duration: No train option
- Bus Price/Duration: $60/5h 45m
- Fuel Price/Duration: $54/4h 20m
- Flight Price/Duration: $156/1h
- Train Price/Duration: $56/5h 5m
- Bus Price/Duration: $28/3h 15m
- Fuel Price/Duration: $35/3h 6m