Two travel bloggers have raced between London and Brussels, testing the plane and train options between the cities for speed, experience and cost.
Nicky Kelvin and Liam Spencer of The Points Guy UK raced between the two European business and political hubs by plane and train respectively. The popular aviation and loyalty points blog posted a video of the event on 27 January.
The pair set off from the starting line – the Houses of Parliament in London – at 9.08am local time, racing to the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr Kelvin flew on Brussels Airlines from Heathrow, paying £2.60 for the tube from Westminster to Paddington, £25 for the Heathrow Express train service, a £140 flight fare to the Belgian city, and £40 taxi from Brussels airport to the European Parliament at Place du Luxembourg.
The total cost of his trip via air was £207.60.
His rival, Mr Spencer, took the Eurostar, paying £2.60 for the tube to London St Pancras station, a £276 Business Premier class ticket on the Eurostar to Brussels, and a £10 taxi from Brussels-Midi station to the EU Parliament building.
His trip via rail came to a total cost of £288.60.
The pair filmed their experiences by both plane and train, reporting back to travellers.
Mr Kelvin, travelling by plane, beat Mr Spencer by just 18 minutes. The former, travelling by rail, arrived at 2.32pm CET, while his competitor arrived at 2.50pm.
Infuriatingly, Mr Spencer suffered a 30-minute delay on the Eurostar just before it met Brussels-Midi, saying in the video, “I can’t believe we’ve made it this close and we’re being held now.”
However, Mr Kelvin had also experienced an hour and 15 minute delay to his plane journey.
Despite losing the challenge, the train tester told MailOnline that travelling Business Premier had saved him time on his journey.
“My Eurostar ticket included fast-track security, which meant I could head straight through passport check to the lounge. The queue for those with a regular ticket was enormous and I saved at least half an hour thanks to my Business Premier ticket,” he said.
Of his economy plane seat, Mr Kelvin said it barely reclined, with an almost imperceptible shift back when he leant on it, but reported that the leg room was “pretty decent”.
He said: “Heathrow could be a difficult, inconvenient or expensive departure point to reach…
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