The BEST Episodes of Travel Man: 48 Hours in...
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jul 6, 2020
Network: Channel 4
Richard Ayoade takes a ruthlessly efficient approach to travel, covering everything top tourist destinations have to offer in just 48 hours.
#1 - Dubai
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 8, 2016
Richard stretches the description mini break to the limit as he heads to the United Arab Emirates for a luxury bonanza with comedian Johnny Vegas
#2 - Berlin
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 15, 2016
Richard heads for super-cool Berlin with comedian Roisin Conaty, taking in the city's famed nightlife, Checkpoint Charlie, fancy food, and a replica Cold War apartment
#3 - Moscow
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2016
Richard and Greg Davies clash with army tanks and head into space in the Russian capital.
#4 - Miami
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 3, 2017
Richard Ayoade and comedian Rhod Gilbert take on 48 hours in Florida's hot spot, for a densely packed mini-break including art, art deco slobbing, alligators, yoga, speedboats - and dominoes. There's also an airboat tour of the Florida's everglades and a trip to Little Havana.
#5 - Copenhagen
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2016
Comedian Noel Fielding joins Richard for 48 fast and funny hours in the Danish capital, with cycling, sightseeing, art, sandwiches, beer and rollercoasters.
#6 - Venice
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 1, 2016
Richard Ayoade is joined by Jo Brand for a two-day spell in the italian city. The pair stay at the famous Hotel Danieli, formerly the lodgings of Lord Byron, Charles Dickens and Indiana Jones, and in almost no time learn to row a gondola, take in the famous sights, sample the Venetian version of tapas, and explore the world of masks. They also road-test Whaiwhai - a book used with a map and mobile that takes people on a treasure hunt around the city - only without the treasure.
#7 - Vienna
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2016
Richard goes to Vienna with comedian Chris O'Dowd to sample the sausages, cakes, wines and spirits. The pair also take a hot rod tour, visit a fairground, the Freud museum and the city sewers.
#8 - Seville
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 25, 2016
In the company of comedian Rob Delaney, Richard Ayoade packs his carry-on case and sets off to enjoy an optimal two-day mini city break in Seville, southern Spain. On arrival, the duo soon learn to dance flamenco and eat tapas and churros. They also explore Metropol Parasol, one of the boldest pieces of modern architecture in Europe and visit a film set built for the spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars. After seeking to channel their inner Eastwood, the amigos repair to the saloon for some Fanta and a Kinder egg.
#9 - Paris
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2016
Richard Ayoade goes hurtling through a ruthlessly efficient mini-break in Paris with presenter and comedian Mel Giedroyc.
#10 - Naples
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 2016
Richard and Jack Dee take a trip to Naples featuring humour, history, culture, pizza, Vespas and chaotic traffic, a trip to Capri, and a guide to the meaning of dreams
#11 - Istanbul
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 6, 2015
Richard and comedian Adam Hills embark on a whirlwind visit in Istanbul, including a boat trip, a massage, a very close shave, and some haggling at the Grand Bazaar.
#12 - Budapest
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 20, 2017
Richard Ayoade descends upon Hungary's fairy tale capital Budapest for a whistle-stop tour with comedian, actor and writer Aisling Bea. There's a starter lesson with the seemingly impenetrable national language and a selfie tour taking in as many of the city's sights as possible - including a statue of Columbo actor Peter Falk. There's also goulash; a 'ruin pub' for a taste of unicum, the local herbal liquor; a game of chess at the thermal baths; a children's railway; some chimney cake; and a ride on the Zugliget chairlift, high in the Buda hills.
#13 - Iceland
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 13, 2015
Richard takes actor Jessica Hynes on a whirlwind weekend away to the stunning scenery of Iceland, for waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, whales, rotten shark and elf school
#14 - Marrakech
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 20, 2015
Richard and actor Stephen Mangan eat steamed sheep's head and go hot air ballooning and camel riding on a quickie weekend trip in Morocco
#15 - St. Petersburg
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 6, 2017
Due to overwhelming availability, Richard Ayoade returns as Travel Man, bringing sense and order to the potential chaos of the mini break. This time he visits Russia's cultural capital St Petersburg with comedian Rob Beckett. Together they embark on a fast and funny, post-Soviet itinerary, that includes an armoured tank, fish eggs, vodka, ice, culture, more ice, and a herring in a fur coat. They also visit a retro communist-era apartment popular with the hipster crowd.
#16 - Barcelona
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 30, 2015
Richard and actor Kathy Burke do Barcelona in 48 hours, including some far-out cuisine, Cava tasting, a guided tricycle tour and surrealist artist Miro
#17 - Helsinki
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2016
Time-conscious traveller Richard Ayoade is joined by Hollywood actor Paul Rudd for a brisk 48 hour romp round Helsinki. To get their bearings the pair head straight to the Ladies toilet in the Torni hotel, which offers the best view of the city. They go kayaking and snack on some reindeer jerky at the city's Hakaniemi market. Richard and Paul also visit not one, but two saunas - one of which can be found in a well-known burger chain.They visit the beautiful wilderness island of Seurassari, go foraging, and finish up at a sweet shop.
#18 - Tenerife
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 27, 2017
Richard Ayoade heads for Tenerife for a multi-packed mini break with Lena Dunham, writer, director, actor, and creator of Girls. In the north of the island the pair visit a guachinche pop-up restaurant, with goat stew. They explore the barren lunar landscape around the volcanic Mount Teide and spend the evening stargazing. There is also a sculpture tour, including Henry Moore and Joan Miro; some layered coffee; a spot of golf; and a search for whales.
#19 - Brussels
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 2, 2018
Richard brings inspiration to all mini-breakers as he heads to Belgium with comedian Lee Mack, for culture, comics, puppets, waffles, mussels and pralines.
#20 - Lisbon
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2016
Writer, actor, comedian and podcaster Adam Buxton accompanies Richard Ayoade on a voyage of discovery in Lisbon, Europe's sunniest capital. The Portuguese city is known for its decorative tiling and maritime history. Adam and Richard first tackle it at breakneck speed in an electric rickshaw. They also visit a tinned-fish emporium, take the celebrated iron lift - the Elevador de Santa Justa - and listen to some fado, Lisbon's version of the blues. There's potent cherry liqueur for breakfast; a tram ride up a steep hillside; a trip to a doll hospital; and a visit to Belem, home to Lisbon's famed custard tarts.
#21 - Zurich
Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 2018
Richard Ayoade returns with the offbeat tourism show and is joined in the first edition by comedian and Room 101 host Frank Skinner for a short break in Switzerland's largest city. Their two-day break in Zurich features trips to a football museum and the Cabaret Voltaire, which was the birthplace of the Dada art movement, while they also go on the steepest funicular railway in the world, pay homage to the Swiss army knife and go for a pedalo ride on Lake Zurich.
#22 - Madeira
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 16, 2018
Richard heads to the Portugese island with actor/writer Robert Webb, for two days of wine, cake, fish, bananas, cable cars and embroidery lessons
#23 - Ibiza
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 2018
Richard Ayoade is joined by writer and actor Jessica Knappett for his latest trip, touring the island in a silver Citroen 2CV, discovering there is more to Ibiza than foam parties, and visiting the Unesco world heritage site of Dalt Vila in the capital. They also take in al fresco art at the island's version of Stonehenge, experience an exclusive supper club run by the global superstar chef Boris Buono and sample a selection of pricy cocktails, flowriding and a hippy gong bath.
#24 - Amsterdam
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 3, 2017
Richard and comedian Joe Lycett head to the mini break mecca of Amsterdam, for some culture, cardio, canals, cuisine, drawing, Dutch gin, and the museum of street organs.
#25 - Kraków
Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 4, 2019
Richard Ayoade is joined by comedian Joe Wilkinson for a two-day break in Poland's second city Krakow, beginning by attending a baking workshop, before heading to a salt mine to marvel at the world's largest underground chapel. They also drive to Nowa Huta, a showcase suburb of socialist realism, where they end up in an authentic communist-era apartment - with obligatory vodka and pickles. After a lunch of pierogi dumplings, they take part in a stained glass workshop at the centre of Krakow's art nouveau movement.