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Brits travelling far and wide to see family at Christmas

Christmas travellers are choosing to save money by taking the bus when visiting relatives this festive season.
By Editorial on Dec 14th, 2017   @freelotteriesuk

When it comes to essentials for the perfect Christmas, Brits travel far and wide to surround themselves with family, according to research from GoEuro.

GoEuro’s Travel Habits survey, conducted by YouGov, reveals that more than three quarters (76 per cent) of Brits who travel for Christmas, do so to visit family. This compares with just 41 per cent of Germans, 46 per cent of French and 47 per cent of Spaniards.

Italians are the least likely to travel to see their family, with less than a third (32 per cent) of respondents stating this as their reason for travel over the holiday season.

When it comes to other priorities the survey shows that Italians, Spanish, French and Germans were more likely than Brits to be travelling for snow or to escape Christmas altogether.

On the move

The research also shows that Brits will be on the move a lot over the main holiday period. More than one in ten (12 per cent) say they’ll make three or more long distance journeys this Christmas, with 5 per cent of Londoners planning to make between five to six journeys.

The research also reveals that millennials are more likely to make multiple journeys with longer travel routes and stopovers in order to save money this Christmas.

A fifth of 18 to 24 year olds and over 10 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds are much more likely to choose indirect routes with transfers and stopovers while travelling between 23 to 26 December compared with other times.

The company’s own travel data shows that the most popular method of transport for its users in the UK travelling long distance for Christmas is bus.

Taking the bus: A popular money saving choice


More than half (57 per cent) chose to travel by bus, compared with 30 per cent taking a train and just 13 per cent opting to fly over the holiday season.

Assessing the search and booking data of tens of thousands of tickets booked between the 2016-17 festive period, GoEuro has mapped and analysed the data to reveal the habits of travellers across Western Europe. Click here for more information