Seat61 launches booking tool has unveiled a booking facility that will allow users to research and book train tickets in 35 countries around the world.

The website has gained a massive following since its launch in 2001 as an advice clinic for travellers using train and ferry services.

The booking facility has been launched as a microsite with the help of rail ticket providers International Rail.

Users will be able to purchase 30 different types of rail passes and use features such as real-time reservations, next day delivery of tickets, online tracking, maps and timetables.

Seat61 founder Mark Smith said: “It’s all about making it easy for people to find out about and book safe, comfortable, train travel, a much more environmentally-friendly and rewarding way to travel than flying for journeys in Europe and around the world.”

Since its launch Smith has been widely credited with building a site that manages to aggregate the myriad of timetables and 66,000 routes available in Europe and North America.

European director of marketing at International Rail, Omid Golshan, said: “The partnership is excellent news for consumers who can now read the advice, on the same trusted website.

“We are looking forward to a successful relationship especially at this time when rail travel is growing in popularity and ease of booking on the Internet is key to success.”

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