ThisFestivalFeeling study shows last minute travel outside of UK more expensive than travel to festivals inside UK from the UK.
NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT FOR THOSE BOOKING TRAVEL LAST WEEK TOTAL COSTS TO GET TO UK FESTIVALS ARE LESS THAN FOR EUROPEAN FESTIVALS
By Leon Wingham
A new study published today on www.ThisFestivalFeeling.com sets out the cost of getting to festivals in the UK and Europe.
For someone travelling from London and booking travel last week the total cost of getting to Sziget Festival in Hungary would be £506.29. That is the most expensive. On the same basis by contrast the total costs of getting to V festival at Weston Park in Staffordshire would be £205.95 and Latitude in Suffolk would be £233.50 the two least expensive.
Set out below are two league tables which ranks the cost of getting to 18 major festivals starting from London and Manchester train terminals ranking highest to lowest total costs. The full details and sources for all ticket prices and travel costs to each event is available from www.ThisFestivalFeeling.com . The contact details are set out below.
The study is by independent researchers. It covers the ticket price and the costs of travel to events from a London train terminal and a Manchester train terminal. European festivals total cost includes ticket price including camping, flight costs, transfers, flight insurance, baggage and train from terminal to airport (return). For UK festivals total cost includes ticket price including camping and train from terminal to festival (return).
Flight costs were the cheapest available last week for the dates for each event. Train ticket costs were also the cheapest available last week for the dates. The travel prices will go up nearer the time and will be cheaper for early bookers.
Glastonbury starts later this week and the site opens on Wednesday 26th June.
Travel from London train terminal
Rank Country Festival Ticket £ Travel £ Total £
1 Hungary Sziget** £195 £311.29 £506.29
2 Spain Benicassim £142 £332.54 £474.54
3 Norway Oya £265 £185.80 £450.80
4 Denmark Roskilde £216 £224 £440
5 Serbia Exit* £142.17 £252.86 £395.03
6 Belgium Rock Werchter £185 £194 £379
7 France Rock en Seine £144 £211.46 £355.46
8 Switzerland Open Air £134 £213.05 £347.05
9 UK T in the Park**** £194 £152 £346
10 Germany Rock Am Ring £153 £178 £331.02
11 Spain Sonar £153 £164 £317
12 UK Leeds £210.50 £78 £288.50
13 UK Glasonbury £216 £57 £273
14 UK Bestival*** £200.95 £45 £245.95
15 UK Reading £210.5 £34 £224.70
16 UK V - Hylands £195.95 £28 £224.35
17 UK Latitude £190 £33 £223.50
18 UK V - Weston £195.95 £14 £209.95
Travel from Manchester train terminal
1 Hungary Sziget** £195 £293 £488
2 Norway Oya £265 £219 £483
3 Serbia Exit* £142.17 £319.22 £461.39
4 Spain Benicassim £142 £288.04 £430.04
5 Denmark Roskilde £216 £175.94 £391.94
6 Germany Rock Am Ring £153 £199.98 £352.98
7 Spain Sonar £153 £183.14 £336.14
8 UK Glastonbury £216 £103.30 £319.30
9 Switzerland Open Air £134 £177 £311
10 UK T in the Park**** £194 £113 £307
11 France Rock en Seine £144 £146 £290
12 UK Reading £210 £70 £280
V - Hylands
£195.95 £67 £262.95
14 UK Bestival*** £210.95 £61 £261.95
15 UK Latitude £190.50 £70 £260.50
16 Belgium Rock Werchter £185 £56 £241.00
17 UK Leeds £210.50 £10 £220.50
18 UK V - Weston £195.95 £10 £205.95
For European festivals total cost includes ticket price including camping, flight costs, transfers, flight insurance, baggage and train from London to airport (return)
For UK festivals total cost includes ticket price including camping and train from London to festival (return)
* Exit - price includes festival ticket, bus transfer to airport and camping accomodation
** Sziget. Ticket price is full price, early bird ticket is 199
***Bestival train price from London/Manchester includes ferry cost
****T In The Park train price includes return coach trip to festival site from Perth
Leon Wingham, managing editor from www.ThisFestivalFeeling.com, said:
“With the summer music festivals now in full swing and Glastonbury on this week this study is topical.The snapshot compares apples with apples as far as possible. There are many different ways of getting to events. Coach travel is cheaper than trains and flights. Also travel costs are cheaper the longer people book in advance. So too do people start from many different locations. The total costs shown in the study are indicative for those booking last week using planes and trains from London and Manchester. I am not saying that there are not less expensive ways to get to the events. What the study shows is that for those booking travel last week the total costs of going to UK events are cheaper than the European festivals. Some of the European events may have better weather but the total costs of getting to them is higher”
Notes to Editors
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