Ticket to Ride

Around the World on 49 Unusual Train Journeys

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 14 April 2016
  • ISBN: 9781849538268

About the book

Experience the world by train alongside best-selling travel writer Tom Chesshyre, as he takes a whistle-stop tour around the globe in 49 unique journeys

Why do people love trains so much?

Tom Chesshyre is on a mission to find the answer by experiencing the world through train travel – on both epic and everyday rail routes, aboard every type of ride, from steam locomotives to bullet trains, meeting a cast of memorable characters who share a passion for train travel.

Join him on the rails and off the beaten track as he embarks on an exhilarating whistle-stop tour around the globe, on journeys on celebrated trains and railways including:

  • India’s famed toy train
  • Sri Lanka’s Reunification Express
  • The Indian Pacific across the Australian outback
  • The Shanghai maglev
  • And the picturesque rail journeys of the Scottish Highlands

Plus trains through Kosovo, North Macedonia, Turkey, Iran, Finland, Russia, America and France, with short interludes in North Korea, Italy, Poland, Peru, Switzerland, England and Lithuania. All aboard! 

About the author

Tom Chesshyre is the author of ten travel books. He has travelled 40,000 miles around the world for his train books; most recently for Slow Trains Around Spain: A 3,000-Mile Adventure on 52 Rides. His book writing has also taken him across North Africa after the Arab Spring, round the “dark side” of the Maldives on cargo ships and on a journey through “unsung Britain” (in To Hull and Back). He worked on travel desk of The Times for 21 years and is now freelance. His train column “Tickets, Please” appears in The Critic magazine. He lives in London.


'This is an engaging, enjoyable and warm-hearted book that will appeal as much to general readers as to lovers of trains... Recommended.'

Simon Bradley, author of The Railways

‘Amusing and insightful book’

E&T Magazine


Wanderlust Magazine

‘Evocative mix of thrill rides and gentle journeys worldwide. Even if locomotives and rolling stock leave you cold, you’ll enjoy the author’s trademark dry humour.’

World of Cruising Magazine

‘Trains, dry wit, more trains, evocative descriptions, more trains, fascinating people and more trains – what is there not to like?’

Christian Wolmar

'Funny and illuminating from Crewe to Korea, Ticket to Ride is a hugely entertaining account of the author’s travels on the rails the world over – chance encounters  fly like sparks'

Sara Wheeler

‘Like mini-odysseys, Chesshyre’s railway journeys are by turns gentle and awesome, and full of surprises’

John Gimlette

'Tom’s ticket certainly scores all the best rides: fast rides and slow ones, short trips and long ones. But most important are the names: why would any trainspotter (let alone a gricer) pass up the Reunification Express or, even better the Orient Express, for a mere airplane?'

Tony Wheeler