Budapest, August 21 (MTI) – A successor to the legendary Orient Express will leave Budapest to carry passengers via Istanbul to Tehran this autumn, a manager of Hungarian state railways MAV-Start told tabloid Blikk today.
Sales director Gyorgy Zarand, who also heads the company’s nostalgia branch, said that the luxury train would be composed of period carriages, would run with a steam engine, and the trip would last for two weeks in one direction.
MAV-Start will provide for the museum train and its staff whereas the expensive tickets are marketed by a British travel agency.
In view of keen demand for the five-star trip, the company plans to operate five trains to the Iranian capital annually, he said.
The original Orient Express train ran from Paris to Istanbul between 1883 and 1977.