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What was the route of the Orient Express?

Discover the route of the glamorous train service known as the Orient Express.

The Orient Express originated in Paris and traveled east. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
The Orient Express originated in Paris and traveled east.

This luxury train service was inaugurated in June 1883 to provide through connection between France and Turkey. It was not until 1889 that the complete journey could be made by train.

The route left Paris and went via Chalons, Nancy and Strasbourg into Germany (via Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich), then into Austria (via Salzburg, Linz and Vienna), into Hungary (through Gyor and Budapest), south to Belgrade, Yugoslavia; through Sofia, Bulgaria, and finally to Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey.

The Orient Express ceased operation in May 1977. In 1982, part of the line, the Venice-Simplon-Orient Express went into operation.

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