Virgin Trains passenger shares eye-watering train fare from London to Manchester – ’which cost more than a flight to IRAN’

A TRAIN ticket from London to Manchester cost more than a trip to Norway or Iran for one unlucky customer – who took to Twitter to share her misfortune.

The passenger, known only as Laura, was travelling First Class on a Virgin trains service, with the ticket booked at the last minute by her employer.

But her ticket for the two hour long journey cost a whopping £484, with outraged Twitter users shocked at the price.

Posting on Twitter, Laura said: "Fam every holiday I went on last year cost less than this."

Outraged Twitter users pointed out that for a little extra, she could have travelled to far-flung destinations like Tokyo or New York.

One bemused person said: "I've looked at this over and over and still refuse to believe it's real."

Some, however, argued that the price was due to the ticket being so last-minute, and being a seat in First Class.

A First Class ticket includes a free lunch, and as Laura's ticket was an open return, meant she could travel on any train.

Alasdair Stewart tweeted: "For everyone saying regardless of it being first class or a flexible departure ticket it still costs too much, have you seen the price of similarly flexible first class flights or 5* hotel stays, etc?

"You pay for extreme flexibility.

"Anyone sane picks the cheaper option."

Last week, commuters had a less than pleasurable start to the New Year with the news ticket prices will increase by 3.4% on average.

It is the biggest fare rise in five years to hit the country's commuters.

Virgin Trains workers planned to carry out six 24 hour days of industrial action which would have affected the London to Manchester route, over a pay dispute but called the strike action off just days before it was due to start.

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