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London - Venice (Simplon Orient Express Train)

Rail

The Journey

The Venice Simplon Orient Express is a luxury train service, running between London, Paris, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice. The journey begins/ends at London Victoria.

The complete journey, running between London and Venice takes approximately 24 hours. Ticket prices start at around £1500 per person, with the cheapest rates available direct from the operator, Venice Simplon Orient Express.

Assuming that your journey is starting at London, the Venice Simplon Orient Express service from London to Venice begins with the trip from London to Folkestone on board a luxurious Pullman train. The train departs from London Victoria Station in the late morning, with brunch served on-board, before reaching Folkestone in the afternoon.

On reaching Folkestone West Station, passengers are transferred onto private mini-buses. These then drive onto the EuroTunnel train service. Following the quick crossing, passengers are transferred from the minibuses onto the luxury Continental Trains for the onward journey, calling at Paris, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice.

Throughout the journey, passengers are treated to the highest quality of service. After arriving in France, passengers settle into their cabins before being shown to the restaurant car for a four course dinner. The following day, passengers are served breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea before arrival in Venice. Throughout the journey, passengers are treated to the finest scenery as the train travels through Europe.


Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Venice Simplon Orient Express is a luxury train service, running between London, Paris, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice. The journey begins/ends at London Victoria.

The Orient Express service is one of the most famous luxury trains, an art-deco icon. Throughout their journeys, passengers are treated to the highest quality of service. The service offers a range of vintage cabins, as well as fantastic food and entertainment.

All the cabins on-board Orient Express services have been restored to the highest standards. Each has a basin with hot and cold water, as well as all towels and bed linens. Cabins are converted between daytime and nighttime accommodation by the on-board staff (whilst passengers are eating).

Passengers may choose either a Double Cabin or a Cabin Suite for their journey. Toilet facilities are shared with other passengers in each carriage, but are maintained to the highest standard by the on-board staff.

Double Cabins

Each cabin is a private sitting room during the day, with a sofa, footstall and small table. At night, it is converted to give passengers an upper and lower bed. Cabins are private (not shared), with their own basins. On-board staff may be called using the personal cabin bell.

Cabin Suites

Cabin suites combine two interconnecting cabins to create a private sitting room with sofa, footstall and table in one, and sleeping accommodation (upper and lower bed) in the other. Alternatively, cabins may be used as two interconnected bedrooms.

Space in each compartment is limited. As a result, passengers are only permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage and suit carrier/overnight bag in their cabin. One piece of luggage per passenger may be stored in the baggage car, although this will not be accessible until the end of your journey.

Food & Drink

All food on-board Orient Express services is prepared on the train by chefs, using supplies taken on-board on the journey. Lunch, dinner and brunch are all silver service, and take place in one of the service's three on-board dining cars. Breakfast and afternoon tea is served in passengers' cabins.

All passengers receive complimentary meals as part of their ticket price, although additional menu items and cabin service is available at additional cost. You can view some sample menus here.

The Bar Car serves a range of drinks to passengers in a relaxed and stylish setting (additional cost), complete with baby grand piano. 

What to Wear

Most passengers on-board dress very smartly; making the most of the occasion. For evening meals, many wear black-tie. All gentlemen must wear a suit and tie, and ladies should be of an equivalent standard. Smart-casual is the standard for teh rest of teh day. Jeans are unacceptable.

Shopping

At the rear of the Lalique car is an on-board shop, selling a range of gifts and accessories.

Disabled Passengers

Orient Express srevices are able to accommodate passengers with minor walking difficulties, although it is recommended that they travel with another passenger to provide assistance. The layout of the trains is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users.

Travelling with Children

Children may travel on Orient Express services. Children under the age of 11 must travel with an accompanying adult, sharing a double cabin. There is a 20% reduction for child travellers. Children under the age of 2 travel for free.

Timetable

The Venice Simplon Orient Express runs up to five times a month, with the full journey (London - Venice) taking two days. Departure dates vary from month to month, so check the Orient Express website for more information.

Passengers may opt to take a single or return journey. The return journey (at a price less than two singles), allows for one day (two nights) at leisure in Venice. The prices quoted for the return journey do not include accommodation for the two nights in Venice.

Station DayStation Day
London Victoria10.451Venice Santa Lucia110.57
Paris Gare de l'Est21.441Verona Porta Nuova113.00
Innsbruck Hbf12.122Innsbruck Hbf117.46
Verona Porta Nuova16.032Paris Gare de l'Est209.29
Venice Santa Lucia17.562London Victoria217.30

2012 Departure Dates

MonthLondon to VeniceVenice to London
June28-
July12, 19, 2618, 25
August16, 2315, 22
September16, 20, 23, 2715, 19, 22, 26
October7, 11, 18, 21, 2810, 17, 20, 31
November1, 87
December--

Price

The Orient Express isn't the cheapest of European rail routes. It is however, one of the most luxurious, and certainly an experience that won't be forgotten easily.

RouteFarePrice
London to VeniceShared Occupancy of a Double Cabin£1,830
 Shared Occupancy of a Suite£2,890
Venice to LondonShared Occupancy of a Double Cabin£1,830
 Shared Occupancy of a Suite£2,470
Return TripShared Occupancy of a Double Cabin£2,750
 Shared Occupancy of a Suite£4,340

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