Helping you travel by train or ferry worldwide...

Flying has lost its glamour.  Many of us now want a more rewarding, low-stress alternative to flying, which brings you closer to the world you live in and reduces your contribution to climate change.  It's time to rediscover real travel by train or ship, where the journey itself is an adventure.  This site explains how to travel comfortably & affordably by train or ferry where you might think that air was now the only option.  For help with train travel, ask the Man in Seat 61!

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Train travel in the UK & Ireland...


Train travel from the UK to Europe...


Trains between European cities...



Train travel worldwide...


Great train journeys worldwide...


A guide to European train travel...


Just a reminder... is not a company or a travel agency, but a personal site originally started as a hobby.  Ads & affiliate commission support the site and my travel habit (er... I mean research), and buy me a beer or two.   The information on this site aims to help, but I can't take responsibility for any inaccuracy.  All pages & photos Mark Smith 2001-2015, except where shown.  Please donate!  If this site helps you, please consider a small donation to UNICEF's Syria appeal.


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"The Man in Seat 61" books... 

The Man in Seat 61 - Europe:  An essential handbook for train travel from the UK into Europe based on this website, published by Bantam Press and available from Amazon.  You can now plan your train journeys to Europe in an armchair...

The Man in Seat 61 - Worldwide:  Train travel around the world beyond Europe.  Published in February 2011.

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