Why Trains are so Expensive


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  • alfistibrasiliani
    alfistibrasiliani  2 hours back

    Unions are a joke! They always distort the economy with artificial and unreal salaries demands. I hope all these train staff be replaced with automation and robots in the near future.
    Then, the price fares will drop significantly

    • Lone Wolf
      Lone Wolf  18 hours back

      So.. why not invest more in intercity buses?

      • Dom Yeo
        Dom Yeo  18 hours back

        Bullshit. The JR CHuo Shinkansen will have no staff at all, involved in the operations of trains.

        • Doni Dino
          Doni Dino  19 hours back

          Thanks! :)

          • Nurpus
            Nurpus  2 days back

            Start of the video: Why are trains so expensive?

            • Ken Maples
              Ken Maples  2 days back

              Then why is it so cheap to ship freight by train???

              • The Daves I Know
                The Daves I Know  3 days back

                As an Indian, I must say I can go an equivalent distance of 1/3rd the width of the USA in about $10, with a place to sleep for the overnight journey. Any time of the year. It's not fast at all, but it's dirt cheap.

                • [WUT] Mr.GuyDued
                  [WUT] Mr.GuyDued  5 days back

                  Sheesh we know you airplanes , but you don’t have to dunk on trains!

                  • ndoro bei
                    ndoro bei  6 days back

                    In Indonesia train is much cheaper than plane. Usually around 1/3 of plane price, some are 1/5 . And train can stop in small towns, so it is very popular. One of them https://youtu.be/zSbop-lER5w

                    • 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  6 days back

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

                        • GrumpyFelo
                          GrumpyFelo  6 days back

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

                          • Abner
                            Abner  7 days back

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

                            • The Q
                              The Q  7 days back

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

                              • agsn
                                agsn  7 days 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  7 days back

                                  Amazing trains,

                                  • AKSHAT GARG
                                    AKSHAT GARG  1 weeks back

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

                                    • Zecr Samanadro
                                      Zecr Samanadro  1 weeks back

                                      Hahaha, tell that to the Chinese.

                                      • Naz Dhillon
                                        Naz Dhillon  1 weeks back

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

                                        • Antonia Traistaru
                                          Antonia Traistaru  1 weeks back

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

                                          • Leonhard Pauli
                                            Leonhard Pauli  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  2 weeks back

                                                2 parent households ARE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT

                                                • mshara1
                                                  mshara1  3 days back

                                                  The economic research says no.

                                              • gojitmal1978
                                                gojitmal1978  2 weeks back

                                                They can be replaced by robots.

                                                • Sadie
                                                  Sadie  2 weeks 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  2 weeks 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                      • Sadie
                                                        Sadie  2 weeks 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  2 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  3 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  3 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  3 weeks back

                                                                try one for Indian railways success plz

                                                                • lonelyPorterCH
                                                                  lonelyPorterCH  3 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  3 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  7 days back

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

                                                                      • What The
                                                                        What The  2 weeks 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  4 weeks back

                                                                        But would Greta say about it?

                                                                        • Jack Black
                                                                          Jack Black  4 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  4 weeks back

                                                                            I like trains

                                                                            • Yunfei Liang
                                                                              Yunfei Liang  4 weeks back

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

                                                                              • rogink
                                                                                rogink  4 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
                                                                                  YoshLee44 // Class156509  1 months back

                                                                                  nice class 180 thumbnail

                                                                                  • amadexi
                                                                                    amadexi  1 months back

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

                                                                                  • Robbie Cordero
                                                                                    Robbie Cordero  1 months back

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

                                                                                    • Splash
                                                                                      Splash  1 months back

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

                                                                                      • khanchy
                                                                                        khanchy  1 months 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  1 months back

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