Quiz: Think You Know the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?


Take our quick quiz to test your knowledge of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Even real fans might be surprised at some of the answers…

  1. What style décor will you find aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?

a) Art Deco

b) Art Nouveau

c) Neoclassical

Orient Express 1920s carriage

  1. In which year did the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express make its debut?

a) 1923

b) 1941

c) 1982

  1. What is the maximum speed of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express?

a) 70 kph

b) 100 kph

c) 160 kph

Orient Express travelling through the Alps

  1. A vintage train will take you between London and the Eurostar terminal – but which?

a) Southern Railway

b) Belmond British Pullman

c) Hogwarts Express

  1. If you’re travelling from London, which station does the journey start from?

a) London Victoria

b) London Kings Cross

c) London Paddington

Orient Express staff on platform

  1. How long does the journey take from London to Venice?

a) 12 hours

b) 24 hours

c) 48 hours

  1. What views might you catch out the window on your journey?

a) Causeway over the Venetian Lagoon

b) Brenner Pass in the Italian Alps

c) Arlberg Pass in Austria

Orient Express travelling alongside lake

  1. In which year were most of the sleeper cars made?

a) 1919

b) 1929

c) 1939

  1. Which of these won’t you find in the Bar Car?

a) A pianist

b) The VSOE boutique

c) Dame Judi Dench

Orient Express Bar Car With People Enjoying a Drink


  1. And finally…how much money are we offering off one of our March 2018 VSOE trips to mark the release of Murder on the Orient Express?

a) Up to £100 per couple

b) Up to £500 per couple

c) Up to £1,000 per couple

Take a look at the answers below to see how you did. We’ll give you a clue to the last one – you really can save up to £1,034 per couple with our latest offer.

1. a) Everything from the sleeper carriages to the restaurants are done up in Roaring Twenties style. 2. c) The carriages might date back to the 1920s and 1940s, but VSOE’s first run was actually on 25 May 1982. 3. c) On fast tracks, the VSOE can reach speeds of up to 160 kph. But since this trip is all about the journey, the train slows right down for the scenic bits. 4. b) A Belmond British Pullman. And not just any one – it usually features carriages from the original Brighton Belle, plus cars from Winston Churchill’s funeral train. 5. a) Arrive at the platform around 30 minutes before departure to see it pull in to London Victoria. 6. b) 24 hours, which means you get plenty of time to enjoy one of the most luxurious train trips in the world. 7. A bit of a trick question – you’ll see all of them on the way to Venice, but you’ll skip the Venetian Lagoon if you finish in Verona. 8. b) The sleeper cars are mostly restored carriages that date back to 1929. 9. c) Well…you probably won’t find Dame Judi Dench in the bar. But you will see her in the new Murder on the Orient Express film on Friday! 10. c) Up to £1,000 per couple.