A man traveled nearly 600 miles and to TEN countries in 24 hours using nothing but public transportation.
Jo Kibble, 40, traveled from London to Eijsden, in the far south of the Netherlands, on Monday at 11:58 p.m. to meet his challenge of visiting as many countries as possible in one day.
It gave him close access to as many different countries as possible, and he used buses, trains, trams, coaches and rental bicycles.
He traveled to Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Slovakia and finished his challenge in Breclav, Czech Republic, at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday.
After taking a similar journey eight months ago, he challenged himself to see how far he could get from London by train alone in 24 hours.
Jo Kibble takes a selfie after arriving in Prague from the sleeper train the day after the challenge
He snapped a series of stunning photos during the journey, which began at 11:58 p.m. Monday
The Ealing Council employee snapped a photo as he cycled to Luxembourg station
Jo Kibble takes a selfie as he jumps off the train at Breclav at 11:30pm to complete the challenge
A Swiss cheese platter in the dining car of an Intercity to Sargans
Jo, who lives in Charlton, south-east London and heads the Ealing Council’s cabinet office, said: ‘It’s been a fantastic experience.
“I had hoped to make it to 11 countries, but due to a broken down train in Alsace, France, I ended up not having time to make a trip to Hungary.
‘During the trip I traveled with eight trains, five buses, a coach, a tram and a rental bicycle.
“Under my rules, to tick off a country I couldn’t just sit on a train passing through — I had to arrive and leave with different vehicles, so I had to at least change trains.
‘The comfort ranged from a very cramped, overcrowded coach at 1am from Liège to Luxembourg to a first-class express through the incredible scenery of the Austrian Alps.
“The trip also included a visit to the clinically clean capital of Liechtenstein, to a derelict station on the outskirts of Bratislava.”
On Monday evening at 11:58 PM, Jo started his adventure from the small village of Eijsden in the South of the Netherlands – taking the last train of the day to Belgium.
Arriving in Liège, Belgium, less than an hour later, he boarded a Flixbus coach at 1am for Luxembourg, where he then picked up a Vel’OH! bike from the park and drive where the bus arrived.
He cycled to the central bus station in Luxembourg and boarded an express bus to Saarbrücken, Germany at 4am, before changing to a tram to Sarreguemines, France at 5:40am.
Jo then boarded a train to Strasbourg at 6:13am, followed by a 7:51am train to Basel, Switzerland, but this train was stopped at the border due to a technical problem.
He then had to take the next train to Basel and therefore missed his planned onward journey to Hungary, shortening his adventure with an entire country.
Nevertheless, Jo persevered and took a train from Basel to Zurich at 10:06, followed by a train to Sargans at 11:38, and then a bus to Vaduz, Liechtenstein, at 12:33.
He took a bus to Schaan at 1:18 PM, then a bus to Feldkirch, Austria, at 1:28 PM, before boarding a train to Bratislava-Petrzalka, Slovakia at 2:17 PM.
The first train of the challenge, from Eijsden in the Netherlands to Liège in Belgium
Mosaics at the main train station in Bratislava, Slovakia – Jo only used public transport
Crossing the Rhine into Liechtenstein – Jo wanted to try and visit as many countries as possible
At the train station in Switzerland, from Basel to Zurich, he traveled a total of almost 1000 kilometers
Jo then took a bus to Bratislava-Hlavná at 9:38 PM and finally boarded a train to his final destination at 10:06 PM.
After a whopping 23 hours and 27 minutes, Jo arrived in Breclav in the southeast of the Czech Republic at 11:25 PM, visiting a total of 10 countries.
He said, “I’m glad I did this challenge.
‘It’s great to see that things that you spend a lot of time working out on paper can also work in practice.
‘Fortunately, the last train had a sleeper car to Prague, so after getting off at 11:25pm in a very cold Breclav, I could just get back on and go straight to bed, then wake up in the Czech capital the next morning.
‘I have a few more days in the Czech Republic and then I will wander home.
“To end up short of the number of countries I think it is possible to visit in 24 hours gives potential for a future challenge.”