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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C
David Spender The Barcelona beach front
# the daily grind
One man is commuting from Barcelona to London every day - and saves money doing it
He must be getting really sick of the Ryanair jingle.

LIKE MANY LONDONERS, Sam Cookney was fed up with apartment prices in the UK capital.

So the 32-year-old social media manager began to look beyond the North Sea for an affordable apartment.

Cookney now gets on a plane each morning in Barcelona, Spain and is seated his desk in London by 9:30am.

He has tweeted and blogged his big move, which has gone viral as he begins his new commute.

In an October 2013 blog post, Cookney posted proof of his number crunching, and evidence that a 713-mile commute was, in fact, worth it.

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Cookney is able to fly from Barcelona’s El Prat Airport to London Stansted, just north of metropolitan London, for about €34 each way, and in a little less than two hours.

However, he told BuzzFeed that the flight prices were the most unpredictable part of his plan, and that they can climb as high as €150, or more.

It’s €6 to and from Barcelona’s el Prat airport (and I can walk to the airport train in 5 minutes from that flat),” he writes. “And then £14 (€20) return to Liverpool Street with Terravision [a bus service].”

According to FlightAware, Ryanair flight 9811 was on time during a recent trip and has averaged early landings for a week.

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For anyone not convinced, Cookney has kept us updated on his first few days of international commuting, posting pictures of boarding passes and even a selfie on the plane home.

Business Insider has reached out to Cookney, and will update this story as we learn more about how the daily international trekking is affecting his lifestyle.

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