The Venice Simplon Orient Express History
The original Orient Express service began in 1883 and ran from Paris to Romania, linking up with London in 1889. The Paris-Milan-Venice service began in 1906 with the opening of the Simplon Tunnel between Switzerland and Italy and the routes were later extended to Belgrade, Sofia, Athens, and Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). Reduction of service due to competition from air travel started in the 1950s and the service was discontinued in 1977.
The present service began in 1982 and the trains now link London and Paris with Venice and Rome, either via Zurich and Innsbruck or Frankfurt, Prague, and Vienna. Trains also fun from Paris to Istanbul, via Budapest and Bucharest.
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