I was pondering this question sitting on my MAN
flight a couple of weeks ago. MAN
take forever to get to, and aren't cheap either (the irony is you end up taking the train to and from the airports ...)
It was, however, a nice flight on a clear day, the BA
A319 didn't fly very high and I got a good view of the English countryside.
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I rode Virgin First Class London - Manchester Picadilly return and can say it was the best First Class experience in my 40+ years of travel!
Of course, I travelled from London on Virgin Trains. My rail pass was 2nd class, which has about an aircraft's economy seat pitch (which would be a bit of a shock to Americans used to "coach" on most Amtrak services being quite spacious!) It was a beautiful day and the journey was lovely ...
One thing I've learnt about European train travel is how much they're like air travel, must have identical yield management systems.
For overseas visitors like myself, buying a BritRail pass is cheap. I got a 4 day in 2 month pass for just AUD$220 in 2nd class, which is only about 90 pounds. I only used the train for 3 of those days, but I did two long trips, a day trip to Bath, Bristol and Reading, and then a one-way trip from Euston to Manchester. I got my money's worth.
Besides, you have the luxury of turning up at the station in the morning and picking and choosing where you want to go, how, and where to stop, without buying any supplements.
I got even further mileage and value out of my 15 day Eurail pass ...