Eurostar at Paris Nord

Taking the train from the UK to anywhere in Europe...  With help from the Man in Seat Sixty-One, you can leave London on Eurostar, bound not just for Paris but for Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Morocco, Tunisia, Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, even Russia, China and Japan...  No flying necessary!

   
  Train from Inle Lake to Thazi, Burma

...And beyond.  Seat61 explains how to travel safely, comfortably and affordably by train and (where appropriate) buses or ferries, in Asia, Africa, Australasia & the Americas, avoiding unnecessary flights to see and experience far more than you would otherwise...

A practical guide to classic travel, without the pain of the plane...

People are increasingly after a more environmentally-sound, less stressful and more rewarding way to travel than flying everywhere sealed inside a plane.  Taking a train or ferry from the UK to anywhere in Europe is easy & affordable, often a far more practical alternative than people imagine.  The problem is finding out how to do it it, as most travel agents would rather sell you flights, flights, car hire and more flights.  The same can often be said for overland travel by regular train, ferry or bus services around the world.  I've set out to fix this and explain how you can put the romance and interest back into travel without breaking the bank.

Why is it called The Man in Seat Sixty-One?

Eurostar connects the UK into Europe, and my overland journeys from London to Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, Russia, Jordan, Greece, the Crimea and even Japan have all started on Eurostar.  I always try to book seat 61 in specific first class cars.  Before you ask, it's one of a pair of seats facing across a table, with an unobstructed view from a picture window.  There's more about me on the about me page.

How to travel from the UK to mainland Europe by train...

How to travel around Europe by train...

How to travel by train in Asia, Africa, Australia & the Americas, with bus & ferry connections...

Epic journeys...

Scenic journeys...

These are just a taster of what's on the site.  I hope you enjoy it, and get to try out some of the journeys!

Mark Smith

The Man in Seat Sixty-One...


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