How to Leave St Andrews in Style

Pema I’Anson advises on how best to flee town.

Spring break is a time for relaxation. A breath of air before all those final deadlines hit, your last chance to feel a little free in this world before revision weeks and exams, a moment to refresh your Instagram feed with some sunlit images of various European cities. But in order to get to these European cities, you have to travel, and there are various options you can take to get to and from our tiny little town. This is your comprehensive guide to the multitudes, gently helping you to get from A to B in the cheapest, most comfortable manner possible. 

Coach

Beloved of the student for its amazing prices, Megabus will take you from Dundee Seagate Bus Station (cold, but with benches) to an endless list of places throughout the UK and even beyond into Europe. Advantages include, again, the price (£2 is the record low I’ve come across), and availability of destinations, but that’s about where it ends. Often late, often uncomfortable, with broken toilets and grumpy drivers, Megabus is great if you’re skint, but a horrible experience when it takes 10+ hours to get to London and you can’t even stretch your legs. National Express coaches are slightly more expensive, but tend to be more reliable and have more leg room, but again, not the fastest option.

Aeroplane

Often misspelled airplane by our American compatriots, this form of transport is – surprisingly – mostly used for longer-distance travel. Whether you’re returning to your country club in Texas for two weeks, or perhaps making a round of Eastern Europe, aeroplanes will get you there in the fastest way possible. Beware the likes of Ryanair and EasyJet, who have nicer prices but stricter rules on luggage sizes than their fellows. Air travel is good for those with the dough, those who are going far, and those who are short on time; not so good for the environment or for Scots wanting to go home.

Train

Depending on how early you book your tickets, and how far you’re going, trains can be either mildly or terrifyingly expensive. However, get yourself a 16-25 Railcard and you’ll be laughing. This transportation is more comfortable, often has plug sockets and fairly decent toilets, as well as being faster than the coach – so if you’re looking to splash out, but would prefer to avoid the environmental impacts of an aeroplane, go for this option. However, hazards may include gaggles of middle-aged women drinking prosecco and screech-laughing at 3 pm, endlessly crying babies, and five minute runs through unfamiliar stations to catch your next train.

Foot

Are you interested in getting in touch with your inner self? Are you a hippy who doesn’t believe in money? Are you uninterested in going farther than Kingsbarns this break? Then this is the transport for you! Simply pull on an old pair of hiking boots, stuff a backpack, and get walking! This method has zero environmental impact, costs nothing, and (sometimes) comes with great views. Downsides may include aching feet, grossly oversized muscles at the end of the holiday, and not really being able to get very far at all.

St Andreans, choose wisely. You have all of the knowledge at your fingertips, now. Read, think, and decide. This decision will have very little lasting impact on your life, but I’ve put a lot of effort into this article, so let’s pretend it’s Very Important. Go forth, my children, and I’ll hopefully see you all after the summer. 

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