[quote="The Vinelander"][color=darkblue]So, even by the cheapest fares which appear to fluctuate hour-by-hour, without having to take time off work on a Friday, and returning say mid afternoon on a Sunday, the cheapest fare I found on the Flight Centre web-site was $353.40 (includes booking fee) return which seems about right compared to my earlier posted calculations.
The $353.40 fare is more than 4 times the cost of VLine.[/color]
If they return the passenger train to Mildura it is likely to be a daylight service. That means you would be leaving Melbourne on the Friday [b]morning[/b] and leaving Mildura on the Sunday [b]morning[/b]. In both cases, I saw $99 fares from Virgin, which means $198 return.
If in the unlikely event they did return the train to Mildura and run it as a night service with Sleeping carriages, I doubt you would get a one way ticket for less than $200 without having to situp all night. A return sleeping car journey would be anywhere in the $300-400 bracket which compares with the existing evening fares on the plane.
If you're happy to sit up all night in economy, then I don't see why you are in any position to complain about the bus.
ie: if you want convenience/comfort, you have to pay for it.
Moving along to yesterdays announcement from Minister Mulder:http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/news/local/news/general/train-report-soon-independent-review-of-costs-to-be-carried-out/2198011.aspx
[color=darkred][size=18]Train report soon: Independent review of costs to be carried out[/size]
Just because they are going to announce the costings, doesn't automatically mean you have anything to celebrate. I would be suprised if this is anything more than justifying why they can't return train services.
They'll probably make some sort of announcement in due course about upgrading the connection via Swan Hill