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...

More and more people are looking for a more environmentally-sound, less stressful and more rewarding way to travel than simply flying everywhere sealed inside a plane.  Taking a train or ferry from the UK to anywhere in Europe is easy and affordable, in many cases a far more practical alternative than most people imagine.  The problem is finding out how to do it it, as most travel agents and 'big business' in general simply don't want to know.  They'd 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.  The Man in Seat Sixty-One sets out to address this problem and explain in simple terms, 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 own 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 cars 7, 8 or 11) when I treat myself to Eurostar first class.  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 who I am 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...

Rail Shop, Ferry shop, Hotels

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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