Rail travel

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Rail route of the month: a steam-hauled climb through Germany’s Harz mountains
Our slow travel expert explores villages and forests on a narrow gauge line that terminates at the top of the Brocken, northern Germany’s highest peak

Nicky Gardner

01, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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A solo trip around Europe, with my travel phobia? I only wish I’d done it sooner
My first trip alone was daunting, but the romance and beauty of Paris, Florence and Rome helped me conquer my fears

Daniel Lavelle

28, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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A Bavarian fairytale: hiking, frosty peaks and an ivory castle
The tale of a starry-eyed monarch’s fantasy fortress provides the backdrop to a dazzling walking holiday in Germany’s far south

Ben Lerwill

26, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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A new start after 60: ‘I was such a chicken – until I spent seven weeks travelling alone’
When Nooraini Mydin was approaching her 60th birthday, she was determined to pursue her dreams. So, despite her fears of loneliness, she boarded a train, bound for Kuala Lumpur

Emine Saner

16, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Rail and sail: a month-by-month guide to no-fly travel ideas in 2023
Visit the Vermeer exhibition in Amsterdam, spot puffins in Pembrokeshire or bag some Spanish peaks – and not an airport in sight

Kevin Rushby

12, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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My life in budget holidays has been a priceless experience
From chance encounters to thrilling train rides, holidays on a shoestring have been some of my best

Dixe Wills

07, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Rail route of the month: through the Alps to the Adriatic – Vienna to Trieste
Our slow travel expert finds the perfect excursion for winter days when daylight hours are short, leaving the Austrian capital just after dawn and reaching the Adriatic port at dusk

Nicky Gardner

04, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Pan-European sleeper train to sweep Britons to Berlin from May 2023
Other similar routes have sprung up as the travel industry responds to rising fuel costs and climate damage

Daniel Boffey Chief reporter

28, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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How could UK transport strikes affect travel over Christmas?
Industrial action by rail workers will not only hit train journeys but add to congestion on the roads; disruption at airports too

Joe Middleton and agencies

24, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Trains or Planes or Buses! Which is best and why?! | First Dog on the Moon
Whatever we choose we need a comprehensive national climate-focused transport policy that ahahaaaha who am I kidding it will never happen

First Dog on the Moon

14, Dec, 2022 @5:23 AM

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The best new European train journeys for 2023
Overnight trains between Stuttgart and Venice and between Munich and Genoa are among several new services that have launched in recent days

Nicky Gardner

13, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Flights were expensive so I took the overnight Sydney to Melbourne train – it was cheap and cheerful (at first) | Elias Visontay
I didn’t get decent sleep or phone reception but there was more legroom and a hot meal – and maybe a smile from Mother Earth

Elias Visontay

10, Dec, 2022 @7:00 PM

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