Anyone from Sydney want to car pool for the conference in Canberra?
Last year I drove down to Canberra for a half day seminar at ANU, but I have flown twice (once for a uni-funded conference and another timeÂ on frequent flyer points for Summernats). Going to a certainÂ UWS campus is like travelling halfway there, too.Â lol…
With all options except for flying you will miss roughly half a day on the first day (depending on schedule) or have to arrive a night before and pay an extra night’s accom (or you will have to get me to drive fast, which I don’t do much of anymore).
Air: I just checkedÂ Qantas (and was about to book a ticket when I realised it would be cheaper for me to drive). Tickets are around $226 + charges/taxes return for the cheapest tickets with travel days being very early morning on the first day of the conference and late evening on the last day. If you can get university/department funding for the trip then that is grouse, but if you don’t have access to funds thenÂ car poolÂ is one of the cheapest ways to travel.
Bus: Murrays do special advance internet bookings for $30 return (student or adult). I am not sure how long these prices will be available.Â It is not asÂ cool as my car.
Train: Leaves Central at 6:58am and gets into Canberra at 11:21am. For adult fare’s $46.12 and for student’s it is $26.95 one-way.Â According to this site you’ll need to get a cab into the city from the rail station in the Canberra suburb of Jolimont, and I don’t know how much that cost.
Glen’s car: I have my Falcon which in a worst case scenario would use up about a tank of fuel getting there and a tank of fuel back. So that is about $160 in total. However, it was actuallyÂ less than half of that cost (about $60-70) if I remember correctly (although fuel was 2/3’s the price too!!). So it mayÂ costÂ much less.Â Also you’d only want three people in a car, although four would be comfortable and it actually seats five. So for three people that is about $30-53 each return (4 is $25-40). I’d budget $50, but it shouldn’t cost that much.Â The carÂ is pretty loud though, lol… I may address this before the trip as the exhaust would easily be over RTA limits and I don’t need a defect notice. 🙂 Plus I’ll need to get it serviced as my rego is due 1st Jan 2007 and it’llÂ beÂ due for inspection. The car is very reliable, and extremely low kms. I don’t drive it much. However if something does go wrong, and I can’t fix it, then that means car-pooling peeps would be stranded. AlthoughÂ in a worst case scenario a trainÂ could be caught. Yes, I often think in worst case scenarios.