VIA is advertising a $15 child fare. That’s for kids under 12 years of age.
Still, it’s $516.60 to go to Winnipeg for four days with the family of four, from Melville, SK (the closest train station to Regina). We’d have to rent or borrow a car to get there. They promise nothing regarding the departure time (or the arrival time).
I’d have to leave on days the train goes through, not days desired by work schedules.
Renting a car to go from Regina to Winnipeg can cost as little as $17/day, plus gas. Obviously the hour long drive to Melville would be better directed to Winnipeg which is only 5 hours away, and people skip the train option altogether.
It’s remained disappointing that the Liberal government has done nothing to make train travel less of a joke in our country. Now, we can’t even take a bus to Winnipeg.
WestJet flights for the same days as the VIA trip outlined above are $2,348.84. That includes: Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC) $57.00 & an Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) of $180.00. Selecting a seat sale in September, that can be as low as $1,122.44.