How Much Does It Cost To Go On a Luxury Train? (2023)

How Much Does It Cost To Go On The Orient Express

How much is a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?

One of the most common questions we are asked at is ‘How much does it cost to go on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?’ This is a question with a very complex answer and one we will explore throughout this guide.

When many think of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, they imagine a luxurious train famed by various novels and movies, but how much of this perception is true and how much is simply fantasy?

In this guide we explore what the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was, and what it is today and answer one of our most frequently asked questions, 'How much does it cost to ride the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express'.

Luxury train journey prices

  • UK Day Trips start from £295/€340/$370 per person
  • European Sleeper Trips start from £3,300/€3,800/$4,200 per person
  • Scotland Sleeper Trips start from £4,000/€4,600/$5,000 per person
  • Southeast Asian Sleeper Trips start from £3,200/€3,700/$4,000 per person
  • Peruvian Sleeper Trips start from £1,100/€1,275/$1,535 per person

All that said, keep reading to find out why this only makes up a small portion of the answer.

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Luxury Train Day Trip Prices

The lowest-priced luxury train journeys start from around £295/€340/$370 per person and include a round-trip, all meals onboard, steward service as well as teas, coffees and petits fours.

Some of the most affordable journeys are available in the UK, the Golden Age of Travel, offers a lunch journey aboard the British Pullman at around £400 per passenger, meaning prices aren't always out of reach. Journeys like these are round trips, sometimes stopping at destinations, while others are simply a ride through the glorious British countryside, while you are treated to unrivalled levels of luxury and the finest cuisine.

Many of these journeys are dining journeys, such as Sunday lunches and Afternoon Teas, and take passengers on scenic round-trips cross-country while passengers enjoy glorious cuisine onboard. Other UK journeys include excursions visiting popular UK destinations or even events. Journeys like these are usually aboard beautifully restored 1920s and 1930s carriages, most hauled by diesel but occasionally hauled by steam for special journeys

These luxury train journeys are ideal for treating someone special or for simply experiencing what the levels of opulence must have been like back in the early 1900s. Take a look below at just some of the more affordable UK journeys we have on offer here at

Day Trips

Luxury Train Journeys under £500/€570/$620

A luxury train journey price of £500, €570 or $620 per ticket allows you to experience day trips that take you further afield or offer even more luxury. Some luxury train journeys even add yet more authenticity by being pulled by a steam-powered locomotive as opposed to diesel. This healthier budget can even take you to some of the UK’s most prestigious events such as the Goodwood Revival, meaning you experience a truly memorable day both travelling to an event and the event itself.

A budget like this opens up many more journeys that tend to last the full day, head further afield and include more as standard. These journeys are likely to be excursions and include a brunch and dinner as well as time at leisure at the destination or specialist dining journeys hosted by celebrity chefs such as Angela Hartnett OBE or Lisa Goodwin-Allen.

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Journeys under £3,300/€3,800/$4,200

A budget of £3,300, €3,800 or $4,200 USD per ticket allows you to experience a Venice Simplon-Orient-Express style sleeper train across some of the world’s most beautiful countries. Your choice of journeys really does start to open up with this budget and allows you to experience unrivalled levels of luxury, night and day. It’s important to remember everything is included for this price, such as accommodation, all meals aboard the train, most alcoholic drinks, 24-hour steward service and occasionally on-board entertainment.

For this budget, you could also head to Southeast Asia for a journey on a modern-day Oriental Express that takes passengers from Singapore and through Malaysia in unrivalled levels of luxury, comparable to that found in a 5-star hotel.

But the most popular choice is to board one of the most luxurious trains in the world and explore Europe. This particular train offers many one-night, one-way journeys that are just about available for this budget. A beautifully restored 1920s train with Art Deco influence, this is the ideal way to get a taste of luxury train travel and explore Europe in style.

Sleeper Journeys

Luxury Sleeper Train Journeys under £6,000/€6,900/$7,500

A healthy budget such as this opens up a world of options for a luxury sleeper train journey aboard one of the world's most beautiful trains. This budget opens up possibilities onboard a luxury train that travels across the Highlands of Scotland in unrivalled luxury. The train is so luxurious that it even includes its own onboard spa!

For this price, you are invited to explore some of Scotland’s famous stately homes, gardens & distilleries on your very own private tour, in between your two to seven nights aboard what can only be described as luxury on wheels.

Everything is included in the ticket price - All excursions meals and even selected drinks from the bar. Prices for journeys like this tend to start from £4,000 per person.

Dining Onboard

Luxury Sleeper Train Journeys over £6,000/€6,900/$7,500

With a budget of £6,000, €6,900, $7,500 USD or more per ticket, the world really is your oyster. Choose from any luxury sleeper train in the world and head wherever your heart desires.

Alternatively, you could experience some of the longer journeys onboard the European Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. For this budget, you could upgrade your cabin to something larger and even more luxurious. You could also embark on a return journey that even includes leisure time at a particular European city of interest.

If you really want to experience the best of the best, you could experience the original luxury sleeper train route from Paris to Istanbul. A five-night journey, three of which are onboard while two are spent in luxurious hotels, where you transverse Europe in unrivalled luxury and are treated to special VIP tours. Expect tickets for a journey such as this to start from around £18,000/€21,000/$26,000 per person.

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Our complimentary concierge service is always on hand to offer the best advice or to find you the perfect journey. Our experts can make the impossible possible and can work within budgets, dates, timeframes and destinations to get you the perfect luxury train journey. If you need anything at all, we are here. Unlike some operators, we don’t have a call centre, and instead pride ourselves on our small team of experts whose job is to simply advise customers on journeys and trains to ensure they have a memorable journey.

When looking for trips on a luxury train, we are the experts. At, we do things differently from other ticket providers and offer trips on luxury trains at prices most can’t match. We work closely with the train operators, meaning we can usually offer a price that matches, if not beats the advertised price if you were to book directly. Plus, we usually have promotional codes available at certain times of the year meaning you’ll be getting an even better price on your luxury train ticket. Plus we’re always happy to take a deposit and let you pay the balance when you like, as long as the journey is paid in full 15 weeks before departure.

So should you need any help finding your perfect journey, have questions about any of the trains or routes featured here, or would just like to know more about luxury train travel, please contact us either by phone, email or live chat and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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