Cabins, Dining and Bars on board the VSOE
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train is quite unlike anything you will ever experience…
From the 1920s to the ‘30s the carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train played a significant role in the golden age of travel.
Today, every carriage has been lovingly restored to its former glory, recreating one of the finest luxury experiences the world has ever known.
Relax in an opulent cabin while a dedicated steward attends to your every need…
Dining on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Indulge in a sensational feast aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
Exceptional European cuisine is freshly prepared in the train’s kitchen by the Chef and his skilled team.
Fresh ingredients are taken on board at stops along the route. Look out the window and you may spot the chef inspecting lobsters from Brittany, tomatoes from Provence or saltmarsh lamb from Mont St Michel.
The set-menus are an inclusive part of your trip. Drinks and à la carte options are also available at an additional charge.
The Chefs will be delighted to cater for any specific dietary requirements – please ensure that you inform us of your needs at the time of booking.
Sample Lunch & Dinner Menus – Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Dining Carriages on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
There are three restaurant carriages on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express all with their own unique feel and décor.
Dining Car 4095 L’Oriental
Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1927 was comissioned as a Pullman Kitchen Car. It has an Oriental theme with Chinese style laquer wall panels.
Dining Car 4110 Etoile du Nord
Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1926 to serve on the Etoile du Nord Pullman Train.
Dining Car 4141 Côte d’Azur
Built in 1929, this was originally a 1st Class Pullman Car used on the Cote d’Azur Pullman Express. The carriage features ornate glass panels by René Lalique.
Double Cabin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
During the day each Double Cabin is configured as a lounge with a banquette sofa, footstool, small table and a washbasin cabinet with hot and cold water. At night it becomes a cosy bedroom with an upper and lower (bunk) bed.
A beautiful mosaic-tiled lavatory is located in each carriage.
Double Cabin Suite on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Cabin Suites consist of two interconnecting double cabins. You can choose between single beds or keep one cabin as a lounge, with upper and lower beds in the other.
Single Cabin on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
There are a strictly limited amount of single cabins available on board at no extra cost. It is occasionally possible to combine adjoining single cabins into a single cabin suite for the same total cost as one double cabin.
Essential Travel Information & Tips whilst aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
* Can I smoke on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
No. To comply with Italian and other European regulations, Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train operates a no smoking policy on board both the Belmond British Pullman and the continental train.
* What do I wear on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
You can never be overdressed on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. For dinner, we ask that men wear a suit and tie and women dress in smart attire, but many guests like to don black tie or evening dress for the occasion. During the day the dress code is smart-casual. At lunch, for example, a jacket and tie is suitable for men. Jeans are not acceptable at any time.
* What languages do staff on board the train speak?
French, English and Italian are spoken by most stewards on board the continental train.
* What currency do I need on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train?
Prices are quoted in Euros and it is recommended that passengers have a small number of Euros for onboard purchases. However, most major currencies are accepted, as well as travellers’ cheques, Eurocheques and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club and JCB). The exchange rate on board is displayed in the Bar Car.
* How long does the Simplon-Orient-Express journey take?
Journeys on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train can last from one to several days. The traditional and most popular route between London and Venice takes two days, with one night on board. See Journey Search for details of our other departures.
* How do I cross the English Channel?
Passengers travelling from or to London will board the Belmond British Pullman carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train between London and Folkestone. You are then escorted by our hostess to a luxury coach for the Channel crossing on the Eurotunnel shuttle.
* Will I need insurance for my trip?
As with all holidays and trips abroad, it is advisable to have travel insurance. Our Travel Experts will be able to advise you.
* Will there be room in my compartment for all my luggage?
Despite having luggage racks in our cabins, space constraints require that luggage is limited, per passenger, to: one suitable piece of hand luggage, one suit carrier or overnight bag (to be placed in your cabin), and one suitcase to be stored in the baggage car, where it will not be accessible until you reach your destination.
* Will I need to tip the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express staff?
Any gratuities you wish to give are entirely at your discretion.