8 episodes

Train talk with fellow travellers and experts so do join us and "come along for the ride!"

Ride the Rails with AndyB AndyBTravels

    • Society & Culture

Train talk with fellow travellers and experts so do join us and "come along for the ride!"

    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Interrail and Eurail

    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Interrail and Eurail

    Using an Interrail or Eurail is the perfect way to explore Europe by train. From passes that cover single countries to the Global Pass giving travel in 33 countries.

    AndyB and Mark Smith, the Man in Seat61, chat about the various passes that are available, the value that they offer, any supplements that are needed and if they are the better buy than using individual tickets.

    This episode is sponsored by TailorMadeRail.com 

    • 33 min
    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Rail Rovers in the UK

    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Rail Rovers in the UK

    Rail Rovers are the perfect way to explore the UK by train - unlimited travel nationwide or in specific areas.

    From the All Line Rail Rover to the Northern Rail Explorer 55 and all passes in-between AndyB and Mark Smith chat about the advantages of a rail pass, what to see, where to go and the costs and ways of bringing the price down.

    Join us and "come along for the ride!"

    • 30 min
    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Great Railway Station Hotels and Stations

    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Great Railway Station Hotels and Stations

    AndyB and Mark Smith, The Man in Seat 61.com have visited or stayed in many of Britain's finest railway hotels.

    From the 2 grand old ladies of Edinburgh at either end of Princess St, The Balmoral and The Caledonian, to the iconic Renaissance St Pancras we chat about these great hotels.

    So "come along for the ride" and learn where to rest your travel weary head.....

    • 29 min
    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Train Travel and Fares in the UK

    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Train Travel and Fares in the UK

    The UK has some great value rail fares to explore the country but you need to be in the know to find them!

    Mark Smith - the Man in Seat61 www.seat61.com used to work for the Department of Transport setting fares policy so is perfectly placed to offer some insights into this complex area.

    We chat about what rail fares are offered and when you should look to book fares together with ways of bringing the fare down by "splitting the ticket".....

    There are a number of railcards that give access to discounted fares which in some instances are worth buying even for a one off trip.

    Finally we start to chat about rail rovers that give unlimited travel in set period of times. Starting with the InterRail and Eurail which non UK residents can travel around the UK and move on to the All Line Rover and mention other options..... we ran out time to cover the full range of rovers and have agreed to do another episode on the subject as they do offer great value!

    www.andybtravels.com

    • 31 min
    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Britain's Scenic Railways

    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about Britain's Scenic Railways

    Britain is blessed with a rail network that showcases the beauty of the nation. From the West Highland Line in Scotland - Mark Smith says it is perfection travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper heading north and opening the blind in the morning and soak in the scenery.

    The Welsh Coast, the Settle and Carlisle line, saved from closure by Michael Portillo, and the south west line along the coast at Dawlish and heading further to Cornwall are all firm favorites of both AndyB and Mark.

    So join us and "come along for the ride"!

    • 30 min
    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about British Sleeper Trains

    AndyB in conversation with Mark Smith, The Man in Seat61, about British Sleeper Trains

    Travelling overnight to arrive refreshed and ready for a day's business or fun is a delightful way to go. Britain has sleeper trains linking London with the West Country, on the Night Rivera, and London  to Scotland, on the Caledonian Sleeper.

    AndyB and Mark discuss the history of sleepers, where we are now and what could be possible in the future.

    So "come along for the ride"!

    • 30 min

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