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A train

Last weekend's rail bargain - anywhere on Thameslink for pounds 1 - led to thousands of travellers being stranded in Brighton when the trains couldn't take the strain of all the travellers. This week's is excellent value, too, but with luck supply will meet demand.

From Monday, Great North Eastern Railway (0345 225225) is offering up to 440 miles of rail travel for pounds 12. The After Eight ticket allows unlimited travel on its network between 8.01pm and 3.30am any evening from Monday to Friday. This is enough time for the long haul from Motherwell via Edinburgh, Newcastle and York to London King's Cross - normally pounds 72 one-way.

You must book the ticket by 4pm the day before travel. The offer is valid until 21 August.

A boat

Book a boat trip across the Irish Sea by close of business today (4pm), for travel before 16 July, and you get a second ticket for travel in the autumn or next spring. Irish Ferries (0990 171717) is offering the deal on its car ferries on the Holyhead-Dublin and Pembroke-Rosslare routes. A car plus up to five adults travelling to the Irish capital costs pounds 119 for up to five days. The free ticket can't be used over Christmas or New Year.

A plane

Staying in Ireland, you don't see as many old Ilyushins at Shannon airport as you used to; a combination of longer-range aircraft and the collapse of the Soviet Union means it is no longer a big refuelling base for Aeroflot. The slots are filled by new flights from Birmingham and London Stansted, operated by AB Airlines (0800 45 88 111). These use British aircraft, not Russian.

A room

Check In rarely makes use of press releases, preferring to dig around to bring you original travel news. But one piece of propaganda caught our eye this week. Something Special Holidays (01992 557711) is offering a week in a chateau in Bergerac in June (during the France '98 World Cup) "for under pounds 22".

The calculation is based on 28 people sharing the Chateau Leotardie. They had better be close friends, since the release points out "the price includes a ferry or shuttle crossing for one car".

That's 28 people, one car.

A meal

When The Travel Show begins its new series on Monday (8.30pm BBC2), Juliet Morris dines on seafood in Madagascar, then sees the amazing dancing lemurs on the fourth-largest island on earth.

A drink

Copenhagen, the home of Tuborg and Carlsberg, is the next target of City to City, the regular short-break spot in Wednesday's issue of the Independent Eye. Cathy Packe prescribes how to get the most out of a pounds 250 escape to the Danish capital.

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