It’s pretty clear if the distance you are travelling is more than a few hundred kilometres, you should always fly but what if the destination is within driving distance like travelling from KL to another state or Singapore?
Here are some major differences between driving and flying to help you to decide between the two options.
Some might say travelling by a car is cheaper but it also depends on a number of factors. If you are carpooling or travelling as a family, driving is definitely a cheaper option. A typical fuel cost for an average car size for a travel time of around 4 hours would cost somewhere between RM250-300, which is also almost the same as an airfare ticket for one person.
Hence, if you are travelling on your own, flying would probably be the better option but if you are sharing a ride with friends and family then a road trip will be the better choice.
Rest and Relaxation
One sure thing that comes with travelling by plane is that you get to relax the entire duration of the trip whereby when you are travelling by car unless you are travelling with 1 or 2 other people who can drive will mean you will have to be on high-alert at all times.
Surely by now, we have all heard the dangers that can come when you don’t get enough rest before going for a long-distance drive. Never underestimate the dangers of micro-sleeps and fatigue. If you have a busy day at work and couldn’t get enough rest, just opt for a plane as it will allow you to catch up on your rest.
Freedom of travelling
One good thing that comes with driving a car is that you get a car to travel around the area once you’ve reached your destination. A plane only gets you as far as the airport and in order to get around (to tourist spots, restaurant, hotels) you will have to hitch a ride on Grab or Taxis.
If you drive to Singapore for example, with a Malaysian car, you will have the luxury to go through immigration with a full tank of petrol and you will get to drive around the country without having to worry about public transportation (Although we must say, public transportation in Singapore is really reliable).
At the end of the day, it all depends on how much time you have on your hand. If you want to reach Penang in an hour for example, then flying is definitely an option to consider as driving will take you anywhere between 4 to 5 hours depending how fast you drive (no more than 100km/h of course), traffic and how often you stop.
That being said it is important to consider that even though it is faster to reach a destination quicker by plane, you have to invest another 1-3 hours to check-in and check-out at the airport as well as the travel time to and from the airport.