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What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Here’s what you pay and what you get in UK compared to Europe (Picture: Getty)

Are you even British if you don’t complain about the rail network?

Whether it’s delayed, filthy, or just cramped, it’s probably up there with one of the most complained about things in the UK.

Which is surprising when you look as just how much it’s costing the average commuter every year.

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Surely we should be getting the red carpet treatment if we’re paying that much £££?

If only – in fact rail commuters are now faced with spending up to five times as much of their wages on travel as passengers in Europe, thanks to a rise in train fares from today.

That means that workers travelling from Chelmsford in Essex to London are forking out as much as 13% of their salary for a £381 monthly season ticket compared to an equivalent 30 mile commute in Europe.

If you look at figures specifically, in France, a season ticket for that distance is just £66, while in Italy it costs £65, in Germany it is £118, in Spain £108 and Belgium £144.

These pictures show just what you’re paying all that money for in the UK compared to Europe.

Here’s what you get in the UK..

What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Commuters wait for a delayed service at Victoria Station in London (Picture: Rex)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
More delays as per usual (Picture: Rex)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Oh look, plenty of room (Picture: Getty)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Liverpool Street station on a typical day (Picture: Getty)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Southern Rail passengers arrive at Victoria Station (Picture: Rex)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Again, plenty of space (Picture: Getty Images)

Italy

What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Meanwhile in Italy, it’s all pretty civilized and queue-free. (Picture: Rex)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
A clean train station in Bologna – a rare sight (Picture: Getty)

Germany

What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
In Germany, some trains are far too superior to run on the ground (Picture: Rex)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Check out the interior on this German train.. (Picture: Getty)

Belgium

What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
The Izy train service arrives at a station in Brussels, Belgium (Picture: Rex)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
No long queues here… (Picture: Rex)

France

What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
A Thalys train from Amsterdam and Belgium arrives in North Station (Gare du Nord), in Paris (Picture: Rex)
What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
Commute with a view (Picture: Getty)

Switzerland

What you pay for and what you actually get when you take a train in UK and Europe
The Swiss sure know how to travel in style (Picture: Rex)

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