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1st and 2nd class differences

We are 2 seniors going from Brussels to Amsterdam on a Tuesday morning May 8. First class fare is $72 more than second class. Is there a big difference between the 2 classes as the ride is less than 3 hours?
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  • Hello Jean,

    The Thalys trains, the high-speed trains between Brussels and Amsterdam offer a meal delivered to your seat and free newspapers to all 1st class travelers. 1st class travelers also enjoy larger seats as well as access to the NS Hispeed Lounge in Amsterdam Centraal station.

    Enjoy your travels!
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  • I heard that you are able to make a specific seat assignment reservation for 1st Class, but not for 2nd class. For 2nd class, you can make a reservation, but not for a specific seat. So if a group of 6 is travelling together, they may or may not get to sit together in 2nd class. Is this correct?
    • I forgot to say that we are getting a Eurail Select Pass Free Day Promo with 3 countries.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) May 01, 2012 20:34
      Hi Kristin,

      With only few random exceptions, I believe in Eastern Europe, if a particular train requires reservations, then the reservation is required in both classes of service.

      There is no way to make a specific seat selection on the website. Passengers in a party are automatically seated together, if booked together in the same order and the availability allows for it. If you ever wish to request a specific type of seating arrangement, then you would call us at 1-800-622-8600 to place your order for reservations, and we can only make some general requests, such as for window seats or aisle seats. If we are able to make such a seat request, we would be able to do so in both 1st and 2nd class.
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  • My son will be traveling with a group of 6 on a 7 day Select Pass. When making reservations for the trains, is there a difference between 1st and 2nd class when you make seat reservations? Two different people told me that in 1st class you can reserve actual seats or a block of seats so they can sit together, where as in 2nd class, you only can reserve the time slot, not the actual seats, sort of like Southwest Airlines.

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    • I am going to Europe and like to visit Paris, Brussels, Amsterdan and Viena. How do I get these countries covered by rail?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 06, 2012 21:55
      Hi Sara,

      For travel between the requested cities, I would recommend that you purchase a 4 country Eurail Select Pass to include France, the Benelux, Germany, and Austria. The Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and counts them as one country for the purpose of railpasses. A rail connection from Amsterdam to Vienna would pass through Germany en route, so Germany would also have to be included on your pass.

      You can purchase this by clicking here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket....

      A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances.

      You would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

      Connections from Amsterdam to Vienna would involve changing trains once in Frankfurt along the way. To view the most possible options for this route, you would piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment of the trip (i.e. one search for trains from Amsterdam to Frankfurt and then another search for trains from Frankfurt to Vienna).

      Trains in this part of Europe can be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.