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Rail Pass or Tickets? Are reservations included?

I'm having trouble understanding the rail pass. Will there be an additional charge when I make reservations? Can I travel from Amsterdam to Vienna? How much more would a sleeper cost. I think that's it, oh yes, could it be cheaper just to buy tickets from a station?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) November 19, 2012 16:46
    Hi Mimi,

    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.

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. In western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there.

    An overnight connection from Amsterdam to Vienna would involve taking the direct night train from Amsterdam to Munich. You would change trains at the station in Munich the following morning in order to continue on to Vienna.

    Generally, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' from the homepage of our website to check reservation costs and purchase your reservations. However, the night train from Amsterdam to Munich is currently not able to be viewed or booked there at this time. Therefore, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600 in order to check reservation costs and purchase reservations for a sleeping compartment on this train. In the meantime, you can click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' to check reservation costs for the connecting train from Munich to Vienna.

    These trains can sell out very quickly, so it is recommended that reservations be pruchased as soon as possible, prior to departing for Europe. The night train from Amsterdam to Munich ideally can be booked up to 180 days in advance of an intended departure date, while the trains from Munich to Vienna can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.
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