With record high gas prices, is flying now cheaper than driving?
Given the record high gas prices, is it now cheaper to fly than to drive for long distance road trips?
NPR recently analyzed the cost of a typical family road trip by plane, train, bus and automobile. The conclusion: Driving is still the cheapest way to travel and will remain so until gas prices go up to $15 per gallon.
NPR used the example of a one-way trip for a family of four traveling from D.C. to Boston. Here's the breakdown:
|Means of Travel
|Train via Amtrak||$500|
|Bus via Greyhound||$325|
|Driving with current gas prices of $3.20 / gallon
Driving if gas is $10/gallon
|Driving if gas is $15/gallon||$355|
You can listen to the NPR story here. I couldn't find the transcript for the show. But I did take some detailed notes for those of you who are interested in how NPR reached their conclusions.
- Coach tickets ($260) + cab fare ($90 to $140) = roughly $400
- Coach tickets ($472) + cab fare ($25) = roughly $500
- Cab fare assumed to be cheaper as compared to flying because Amtrak station is more likely to be closer to final destination.
- Tickets ($300) + cab fare ($25) = roughly $325
- Cost of gas at $3.20 per gallon ($70.40) + tolls ($25.60) = roughly $100
- Assumes trip is 453 miles, 22 gallons of fuel is used, and car gets 20 miles per gallon.