Budapest, October 15 (MTI) – The first service of the Budapest-Istanbul-Tehran Golden Eagle Danube Express departed, fully booked, with seventy passengers on board on Wednesday from the Western Railway Station for a 7,000km journey over 13 days.
Before the steam engine puffed out of the station, the sales director of Hungarian railways MAV, Gyorgy Zarand, who also heads the company’s nostalgia division, told a news conference that MAV-Start was providing the vintage train and its staff and the tickets were marketed by British travel agency Golden Eagle. Tickets cost between 10,000 and 15,000 US dollars.
In view of keen demand for the five-star trip, the company plans to operate five trains to the Iranian capital annually, Zarand said earlier this year.
Photo: MTI – Zoltan Mathe
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