Why Trains are so Expensive


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  • Honey! Where is my super suit?

    Omg no, Trains from the top of the country to the bottom are waaay more than that. Northern Rail charge about £128 from Manc to London

    • John Anderson
      John Anderson  7 hours back

      In korea i paid 40 whole dollars to get from one end of the country to the next

      • GrumpyFelo
        GrumpyFelo  13 hours back

        I would like yo see a comparison between this study and how trains in japan work

        • Abner
          Abner  15 hours back

          I can travel 500km for 20$ in Finland. Not too bad

          • The Q
            The Q  16 hours back

            2:38 this explains why Amtrak has good service. Ppl be getting paid to make you happy.

            • agsn
              agsn  21 hours back

              This video is an apologist video. some random cost applied to the ticket price without telling how did he arrive at that number. The automated cab service will decimate the railway if such reasons are provided, without being honest on how the waste is occurring.
              The absurd cost stated in this video
              1. Cost of coaches/ how often to you buy those? once in 50 years?
              2. Cost of building rail tracks? how often does that happen? once in 200 years?
              3. 1 employee for every 4 passengers? that some how sounds sane?
              4. They need to pay track maintanece. Is that differnt from the road tax? and is tracks more expensive to maintain than roads?

              Pretty much everyting points to mismanagement. but it is soon going to be thing of the past once self driving cabs come around. Think how funny this is, cars are getting to a point of self-driving, while trains that go one direction on a track needs 1 employee for 4 passengers.

              • Rinku Deol
                Rinku Deol  23 hours back

                Amazing trains,

                • AKSHAT GARG
                  AKSHAT GARG  2 days back

                  ....trains are expensive
                  meanwhile in India: Hold my cowpiss

                  • Zecr Samanadro
                    Zecr Samanadro  2 days back

                    Hahaha, tell that to the Chinese.

                    • Naz Dhillon
                      Naz Dhillon  3 days back

                      This is just the american situation, not in the other countries

                      • Antonia Traistaru
                        Antonia Traistaru  3 days back

                        Thank you for writing in km. Very helpful!!!😁

                        • Leonhard Pauli
                          Leonhard Pauli  3 days back

                          I pay 3€ between Salzburg and Vienna (Austria) that are 300km ÖBB is very cheap but also very good😁

                          • Rhelrahne Vi Satanis
                            Rhelrahne Vi Satanis  4 days back

                            There are advantages of trains however which is that you can show up 15 maybe 2 minutes before your train arrives get onboard and be able to go through minimal security whereas if i was to merely take a plane from Rotorua to Auckland International (AI) i'd be walking into standard airport security and deal with pretty bad delays since it is the airport serving one of the most toured area's in the country since its soo beautiful and full of history and culture. This is why i support the proposal to link Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga and Wellington via the largest infrastructure project in the nations recent history since it would link over 2 million people in a system that would only take 6 hours. Although such a project would need alot of investment but hopefully some batshit crazy political party with extreme charisma will make it be done

                            • wiedep
                              wiedep  5 days back

                              2 parent households ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT

                              • gojitmal1978
                                gojitmal1978  5 days back

                                They can be replaced by robots.

                                • Sadie
                                  Sadie  6 days back

                                  There's a lot more ticket classes on that UK route than what you just listed depending on restrictions. You can also do ticket hacks where instead of getting an A->C ticket you get an A->B ticket and a B->C ticket for the same train to take advantage of price caps for commuter services.

                                  • aquarius580
                                    aquarius580  6 days back

                                    Reduce the staff. For example, meals could be reduced to McDonalds-style pre-cooked and dispensed somehow automatically or by a single person. The major mistake is to treat the train as a restaurant-on-wheels.

                                    • Naenae Gaming
                                      Naenae Gaming  6 days back

                                      Am I the only one who likes this video because he used a Grand Central Class 180 on the thumbnail?

                                      • Sadie
                                        Sadie  6 days back

                                        EMR are getting the Class 180s previously used by Hull Trains soon and I can't wait to be able to never see the Class 222 they'll be replacing ever again.

                                    • zippy
                                      zippy  1 weeks back

                                      "Your paying $.79 cents for Amtrak to kill people" Well I guess I don't need to watch Wendover Videos anymore. Garbage ! Videos

                                      • dXmjunkie89
                                        dXmjunkie89  2 weeks back

                                        The trains here in Germany are to expensive too ;(

                                        • Ryan Moffitt
                                          Ryan Moffitt  2 weeks back

                                          Please pronounce Havre correctly. Its "Haver" not "Have" or "Havruh".

                                          • Alex Hamilton
                                            Alex Hamilton  2 weeks back

                                            A few years ago someone worked out the most expensive rail journey in the uk. The journey from Newquay in Cornwall to Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland worked out at over £1100. I got a return flight from Inverness to Gatwick for £62. No contest. 🤷🏻‍♂️

                                            • Pain Train
                                              Pain Train  2 weeks back

                                              Gdańsk-Kraków Ryanair 9 euro 55 minutes of flight
                                              Gdańsk-Kraków pkp intercity premium 7 hours 29 euro
                                              Gdańsk-Kraków TLK 10 hours 9 euro

                                              • Arman Mahapatra
                                                Arman Mahapatra  2 weeks back

                                                try one for Indian railways success plz

                                                • lonelyPorterCH
                                                  lonelyPorterCH  2 weeks back

                                                  They are? I thought, train was the cheapest method of transporting huge amounts of goods over land^^

                                                  edit: oh, okay, its for personal travelling, yeah, thats expensive^^

                                                  • Megadyptes
                                                    Megadyptes  2 weeks back

                                                    Downvoted for incorrect use of 'begs the question'

                                                    • Константин Георгиев

                                                      American youtuber: Why trains are so expensive?
                                                      Me: *Laughs in Bulgarian*

                                                      • Mario Lisa
                                                        Mario Lisa  16 hours back

                                                        What The haha stole my thunder😂😂 Or should I say “Da da da” 😁

                                                      • What The
                                                        What The  5 days back

                                                        How do u laugh in Bulgarian? Make sure you translate your laugh for us Americans pls.

                                                    • Tran Son
                                                      Tran Son  3 weeks back

                                                      or just let them suffer if they decided to stay away from civilization and ''force'' them through prices to move near the cities. I used '' '' because no one is really forcing them, it is just the invisible hand, if they think living in a small village away from cities is better than having cheaper cost for accessing services then so be it. Why should taxpayers pay for people to live in expensive places?

                                                      • Sanitär-Otti
                                                        Sanitär-Otti  3 weeks back

                                                        But would Greta say about it?

                                                        • Jack Black
                                                          Jack Black  3 weeks back

                                                          Trains just don't make sense in the US because of population density. All the people saying ''in my country it's better'' just look at a map of the US compared to your small European country. And yes I include France / Germany / UK in saying small European country.

                                                          • Blackey
                                                            Blackey  3 weeks back

                                                            I like trains

                                                            • Yunfei Liang
                                                              Yunfei Liang  3 weeks back

                                                              Live in China. Bout to take a BJ to SH highspeed way next week boiii

                                                              • rogink
                                                                rogink  3 weeks back

                                                                You deserve an award for deciphering the UK rail ticketing system. Actually your breakdown of different fares is for a relatively simple part of the network.

                                                                • YoshLee44 // Class156509

                                                                  nice class 180 thumbnail

                                                                  • amadexi
                                                                    amadexi  4 weeks back

                                                                    To me, it seems that trains are one of the easiest mean of transportation to almost completely automate.

                                                                  • Robbie Cordero
                                                                    Robbie Cordero  4 weeks back

                                                                    This would also make a great podcast. You have a great voice for this. :)

                                                                    • Splash
                                                                      Splash  4 weeks back

                                                                      Sky is not free, you actually pay for the right to fly over a country

                                                                      • khanchy
                                                                        khanchy  4 weeks back

                                                                        What about taxation and road subsidies for cars? What about externalized cost like pollution? Could you do an analysis comparing costs cars/roads to trains and planes.

                                                                        • Mayank Rawat
                                                                          Mayank Rawat  4 weeks back

                                                                          Indian Railways is also very cheap and considering the high middle class population , train is the most used means of transportation in India.

                                                                          • Shimmer Zara
                                                                            Shimmer Zara  4 weeks back

                                                                            Shows English train says they are expensive... Says that they are government owned Even though they're not

                                                                            • JP Labs
                                                                              JP Labs  4 weeks back

                                                                              Hey Amtrak!
                                                                              Here’s 79 cents.
                                                                              Go kill somebody!

                                                                              • infinitecanadian
                                                                                infinitecanadian  1 months back

                                                                                There is a train called the West Coast Express which costs only 12 dollars to get from Vancouver to Mission, British Columbia. That's even less than a Greyhound bus ride (and Greyhound doesn't operate anymore within the province anyway). There are lots of people who travel as well, so it must pay for itself.

                                                                                • TSAmplifiers
                                                                                  TSAmplifiers  1 months back

                                                                                  Obsolete form of travel.
                                                                                  Except in congested places like Europe and Japan. Too expensive and Americans don't want it and won't pay for it.
                                                                                  Get over it.

                                                                                  • Aurel Specker
                                                                                    Aurel Specker  1 months back

                                                                                    Claiming that Airplanes are not subsidized makes me chuckle... I mean yeah, they often don't get money directly. However, excemption of taxes, fees, infrastructure provided for little money, and not penalized external effects like noise, waste etc (which all has to be dealt with when looking at trains)

                                                                                    So in the end, the "true plane" prices would be far higher, most likely alot more expensive than trains with decent support and utilization, like it is in europe.

                                                                                    • Sergei Kulikov
                                                                                      Sergei Kulikov  1 months back

                                                                                      3:15 > sky is free
                                                                                      what about overflight fees ?

                                                                                      • Yhsper L
                                                                                        Yhsper L  1 months back

                                                                                        i pay only 5.30 € per train trip in my country. And i can travel to the other side of my country with that price!

                                                                                        • Pokemoneuro
                                                                                          Pokemoneuro  1 months back

                                                                                          And in the Netherlands we badly want free train fares during off-peak hours.

                                                                                          • dff fff
                                                                                            dff fff  1 months back

                                                                                            Solution: Privatize Amtrak.