London to Istanbul

This journey was both a recreation of the original route of the Orient Express and also in parts coving a journey that I last made as a student in 1987. The trip was a mixture of old and new, high speed and night trains.

Leg 1

London St Pancras – Paris Gare d’Nord

Eurostar E320

Leg 2

Paris Dare d’Est – Munich

Duplex TGV

Leg 3

Munich – Budapest

Train 463 “The Kalman Imre”


Leg 4

Budapest – Bucharest

Train 473 “The Istar”


Leg 5

Bucharest – Gorna Orjahovica Gorna Orjahovica – Dimitrovgad Dimitrovgrad – Kapilkule Kapilkule – Istanbul (replacement bus)

A classic journey of less than 3000 km over just 7 days

This was a much shorter than my Asian journeys. The last leg was the only difficult part of the route, involving 18 hours across Bulgaria and Turkey by worn out trains and bus.

To find out more you can read my blog posts about this journey.

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