The Once Upon a time on the Orient Express Exhibition rolled into town in December 2020, and it has extended its time in Singapore until September 2021. So if you thought you missed the boat (well, in this instance, the train!”), then you are mistaken! The Orient Express exhibition has opened its doors outside of France for the first time, and we have been the lucky ones here in Singapore to have been graced by its presence.
When I think of The Orient Express, I am reminded of times long ago from movies like James Bond’s “From Russia with love” and Agatha Christies’ “Murder on the Orient Express”. This exhibition brings back thoughts of nostalgia and old-world glamour.
The Orient Express History
In 1883 the original Orient Express, the “Express d’Orient”, left Paris for the first time on its journey to Vienna. Later changing its name to the “Orient Express” in 1891. Eventually running from Paris to Romania, with an extension to Bulgaria via the Danube river. Several months later, the journey would take wanted passengers all the way to Turkey.
The Orient Express changed its name and routes many times over the years and eventually carrying its passengers, film crew, movie stars, authors, socialites and Royalty between Paris and Istanbul until 2009.
Today this luxury service is run by Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) Limited, part of Belmond (who offer other luxury transport services worldwide).
The Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express Exhibition
Book your tickets online here, remembering that you must make your reservation at the Orient Express Restaurant separately here. The cost of tickets are from $25 for a standard ticket, $35 for a standard ticket with a booklet and starting at $88 for a family bundle which contains two adults and two children (Free admission for children under the age of 3) and $80 for a fast track/VIP ticket.
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays open from 10 am to 9 pm.
- Wednesdays and Thursdays open from 10 am to 7 pm.
- Saturdays open from 10 am to 10 pm.
How to get to the Orient Express Exhibition Singapore
The exact address is Gardens by the Bay, West Lawn 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
When organising a taxi or hire car, ensure you mention Bayfront Pavilion drop off.
From here, you can either catch a buggy from Bayfront Pavilion drop off to “Once Upon A Time on the Orient Express” pop-up attraction (there is a phone at the stop); the cost is $5 per person. Advisable if it is raining as there is no shelter to and from the exhibition. Alternatively, you can walk it (there are signs to follow when you arrive), which will take about 5-10 minutes.
If you have decided to drive yourself, you can park at the Bayfront Plaza Carpark for a fee.
Walking from Marina Bay Sands is easy and should take you approximately 15-20 minutes in totality.
The closest MTR is at Bayfront station. Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway exit, which will take you all the way to Gardens By The Bay; the approximate walking time from here is about 15 minutes.
What you will find at the Orient Express Exhibition
Wander through the train carriages and be transported back into time. The experience will have you feeling like you have entered onto a movie lot with the carriages dressed to impressed as they were back in its heyday. Along with movie memorabilia, the carriages have many artefacts from the original orient express. After taking enough photos and reading all there is on offer, head out through the second carriage to the pop-up museum.
If you are anything like me and find history interesting and intriguing, you will love this exhibition. There is plenty to watch, read and enjoy (it does get cold inside, so you may need to bring a jumper).
The Orient Express Souvenir shop
At the end of the Orient Express exhibition, the souvenir shop has everything from children’s books to keepsake souvenirs. All products can be bought online as an alternative. Opening hours are the same as the exhibition.
The Orient Express Cafe
If your journey ends here and you have chosen not to make a booking at the Orient Express Restaurant, then The Orient Express Cafe is a great alternative. With coffee, icecreams, drinks, cakes and sandwiches there is plenty of choices here.
The Orient Express Restaurant
A dress code is required in this gorgeous replica of The Orient Express Train. The dining times are a strict 1 hour and 30 minutes, so try not to be late for your allocated reservation. Menus are subject to change due to seasonal ingredients, so check out the menu before you go; there is only a vegetarian option available as an alternative with French Michelin star chef Yannick Alléno delicious menu.
Lunch – From $188 ++ From 12pm – 2pm (Monday to Saturday)
Brunch – $250 ++ From 11.30pm – 2.30pm (Sunday)
Afternoon Tea – $88++ From 3pm – 5pm (Monday – Sunday)
Dinner – From $299++ 6pm – 7:30pm and 8pm – 10:30pm (daily)
Chef Dinner From $398 ++ 6pm – 7:30pm and 8pm – 10:30pm (daily)
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