Top 5 Most Asked Orient Express Questions

Top 5 Most Asked Orient Express Questions

We answer the top 5 most asked questions about the Orient Express luxury train

The Orient Express is the world’s most famous train and has starred in numerous books and movies. Naturally, and quite understandably, many people wish to experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Here at, our experts are frequently asked Orient Express questions from how much it costs to where the train actually goes.

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The first thing you should know is, there technically isn’t an Orient Express any more. The original service ceased in 1977 and its replacement stopped operating in 2009. That said, there are many other trains that offer the same authentic 1920’s style carriages and similar journeys meaning you are still able to experience what the original Orient Express must have been like during the Golden Age of Travel.

This may be disappointing news but it shouldn’t be; there are a wealth of luxury trains available that share the same Orient Express style all over the world. In the UK we are lucky to have the Northern Belle, the Belmond British Pullman as well as the Belmond Royal Scotsman in Scotland. There’s also the Belmond Grand Hibernian in Ireland making the UK one of the best luxury train hotspots in the world.

Head further west to Peru for the Belmond Andean Explorer and the Belmond Hiram Bingham that evoke adventure or go towards South East Asia for the Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express.

The epitome of modern-day Orient Express trains is the Belmond Venice-Simplon Orient Express or VOSE. Not to be confused with the original orient Express, the Venice-Simplon Orient Express is made up of restored carriages from the same era, making it the most authentic Orient Express experience available.

With that all out of the way, let’s take a look at the top 5 most asked Orient Express questions.

Where can you go on the Orient Express?

With several Orient Express style trains available all over the world, there are a vast number of destinations you can travel from and to. If you’re looking for adventure, we suggest heading west to Peru, if you’re looking for tradition we recommend journeys in the United Kingdom. For the ultimate and most traditional orient Express journey, Europe is the place to go, followed by Asia that adds a modern twist on the Orient Express style journey.

Take a look at the European Orient Express route with maps

The ultimate and most authentic Orient Express style journeys take you across Europe from London to Paris, Vienna and beyond, far more destinations than the original that mainly went from Paris, France to Constantinople, Istanbul.

Orient Express train destinations:

Northern Belle
Throughout the UK including:

• Bath
• Cardiff
• Cheltenham
• Chester
• Edinburgh
• Harrogate
• Hereford
• London
• Winchester
• York

Belmond British Pullman
Throughout the UK including:

• Bath
• Canterbury
• Chatsworth
• Cambridge & Ely
• Cotswolds
• Folkstone
• Leeds
• Lincoln
• Salisbury
• Sandringham
• Sissinghurst
• Stratford-Upon-Avon
• Worcester
• Winchester

Belmond Royal Scotsman
Throughout Scotland including:

• Boat of Garten
• Carrbridge
• Edinburgh
• Keith
• Kyle of Lochalsh
• Mount Stuart
• Mur of Ord
• Rothiemurchus

Belmond Grand Hibernian
Throughout Ireland including:

• Cork
• Dublin
• Galway
• Kilkenny
• Waterford
• Westport

Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express
Throughout East Asia including:

• Bangkok
• Kuala Lumpur
• Singapore

Belmond Venice-Simplon Orient Express
Throughout Europe including:

• Budapest
• London
• Paris
• Venice
• Verona
• Vienna

Belmond Andean Explorer
Throughout Peru including:

• Arequipa
• Cusco
• Puno

Belmond Hiram Bingham
Throughout Peru including:

• Cusco
• Machu Picchu

Where does the Orient Express begin and end?

With so many Orient Express style trains all over the world offering so many different journeys, the beginning and end points vary for each individual tour.

The original Orient Express departed in Paris, France and ended in Constantinople, Istanbul. In 1977, the journey was changed to Paris to Budapest and again in 2001 where the journey shortened to Paris to Vienna. After 2007, the route was shortened again to Paris to Strasbourg.

These days, luxury train journeys can vary from a one-day round trip to around seven nights. That said with trains being the epitome of opulence and elegance and passengers being treated to their own private accommodation with en-suite, seven nights aboard may not seem long enough.

Not all Orient Express style journeys are round trips and may require you to make your own arrangements back after you have reached your destination.

Northern Belle
Departs: Multiple locations throughout the UK
Arrives: To departing destination

Belmond British Pullman
Departs: London
Arrives: London

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Departs: Edinburgh
Arrives: Edinburgh

Belmond Grand Hibernian
Departs: Dublin
Arrives: Dublin

Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express
Departs: Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Singapore
Arrives: Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Singapore (Not round-trip)

Belmond Venice-Simplon Orient Express
Departs: Multiple locations throughout Europe
Arrives: Multiple locations throughout Europe (Not round-trip)

Belmond Andean Explorer
Departs: Cusco, Puno, Arequipa
Arrives: Cusco, Puno, Arequipa

Belmond Hiram Bingham
Departs: Cusco, Machu Picchu
Arrives: Cusco, Machu Picchu (Round-trips available)

How long does the Orient Express take?

Depending on your journey, a tour aboard a luxury trainl can take between one and seven days. Day trips aboard the Northern Belle and Belmond British Pullman transverse across the UK before returning back to their original destination and offer a one-day luxury experience.

For something longer, the Belmond Royal Scotsman and the Belmond Grand Hibernian offer journeys that may take between three and seven days. These are sleeper trains and passengers enjoy their own luxurious private accommodation complete with en-suite and 24-hour steward service.

Journeys aboard the Belmond Venice-Simplon Orient Express and the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express also typically take anywhere between three and seven days, depending on how many locations are visited and the overall end destination.

How much does it cost to go on the Orient Express?

Tickets for an Orient Express style journey can vary massively. The more affordable tickets for a single day round-trip typically start at around £200 per passenger up to around £500 per passenger depending on the journey and what’s included.

Shorter tours such that aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian start at around £3,000 per passenger, a similar cost to that of the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express. The Belmond Venice-Simplon Orient Express also typically begins around £3,000 per passenger for a luxurious journey across Europe.

Journeys aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman are typically closer to £5,000 per passenger, but anything is possible and some journeys do cost significantly more (or less) than the standard offerings, typically due to the destinations or what is included.

It’s important to note that everything is included with the price; travel, accommodation, all food and drink plus entry to exclusive locations for private tours such as stately homes and gardens.

Check out this question more in depth with our How Much Does It Cost To Go On The orient Express guide

Book a carriage or an entire train
For those looking to book a journey for a group booking or corporate event, it is possible to book an entire carriage to yourself. This means you and your party are the only ones within a carriage and still benefit from the full 24-hour Steward service, perfect for a special occasion or event.

The ultimate in luxury train travel is booking the entire train and having all carriages to yourself. This is possible and some clients have chosen to do so for much larger group bookings or to embark on their own bespoke luxury tour. Anything is possible when it comes to luxury trains and our complimentary concierge service are available to organise this for you.

Orient Express Discount Code
Use code ‘ORIENT5’ for 5% off any Orient Express style journey.

What to wear on the Orient Express?

A journey aboard a luxury train is one of style and opulence, so you can never be overdressed. Expectations vary for each journey, but for those attending a dinner on board or embarking on a journey over a few days should follow this loose dress code so as not to feel out of place.

As a guide, for dinner gentlemen should wear a suit and tie while ladies should dress in smart attire, however it is not uncommon for guests to go full black-tie and evening dress for the occasion. It is, after all, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

During the day, when you are relaxing on board or off on an adventure at one of your locations, the dress code is smart-casual. As a general rule, the expected dress code aboard a luxury train are not too dissimilar of that within a luxury hotel.

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