Orient Express ditching UK departures over Brexit

Sunday, 16 Apr, 2023 1

The Orient-Express is scrapping the UK leg of the iconic journey saying Brexit is to blame.

Owner Belmond is dropping the London-to-Folkestone section of the journey due to Brexit era cross-channel disruption.

Belmond says there are no options for passengers paying several thousands for the journey to avoid port delays crossing the Channel.

The train journey in the UK begins with a British Pullman train ride from London to Folkstone before crossing the Channel.

Belmond believes the upcoming biometric Entry/Exit System will make delays worse for non-EU travellers.

“We’re adjusting operations in 2024. We want to avoid any risk of travel disruption for our guests,” Belmond said.

Passengers from London will instead be able to take a high-speed Eurostar to Paris and join the Orient Express there.

The original Orient Express began service 140 years ago.

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