The train was originally called Express d’Orient until 1891 when it was officially renamed the Orient Express. The train traveled from Paris, Gare de l’Est, to Giurgiu, Romania, via Munich, Germany, and Vienna, Austria. Passengers got off at Giurgiu and took a ferry across the Danube to Rose, Bulgaria, where they transferred to another train to Varna, Bulgaria. They finished their journey to Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) by ferry. Another route was developed in 1885, carrying passengers via rail from Vienna, Austria, to Belgrade, Serbia, and Niš, Serbia. Then they were transferred to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, before taking a train to Istanbul.
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