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How much do reservations cost from Berlin to Prague if I'm traveling with a rail pass? Travel will be from Frankfurt-Cologne-Berlin-Prague-Vienna-Munich & Malmo-Gothenburg-Stockholm.

Frankly, the website is extremely difficult to understand and it makes me want to just give up and buy point to point tickets. How much do reservations cost? I'm trying to find stuff but when I look, the prices coming up when I search with a rail pass are higher than a normal ticket. Is it really an additional $80 I have to pay for Berlin to Prague? This site also says to book as far in advance as possible, but I can't even get any information for November.

Frankfurt-Cologne-Berlin-Prague-Vienna-Munich and then Malmo-Gothenburg-Stockholm is what I'm trying to do.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 06, 2015 20:31
    Hi Trev.

    It is generally recommended that any reservations be purchased as soon as possible; however, most trains can only be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure. Therefore, you would not be able to book reservations yet for most dates in November. You can use an earlier date if you'd like to get an idea of any reservation costs or schedules in the meantime.

    With that said, there is currently a problem on our website preventing passholder reservations for the Berlin-Prague trains from being booked there. Instead, our website is mistakenly quoting regular ticket costs for passholder searches, which is why you are being quoted the higher fee. Until this error is fixed, you would have to call us in order to inquire about reservation costs for trains on this route. You would reach us at 1-800-622-8600. The 'EuroCity' trains from Berlin to Prague can only be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. Trains from Berlin to Prague are 'EuroCity' (EC) trains on which reservations would also be recommended.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would be able to check reservation costs and purchase reservations for all of the other trains you mentioned by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with.

    Trains from Frankfurt to Cologne and Cologne to Berlin are high-speed 'InterCity Express' (ICE) trains on which reservations would be highly recommended. Generally, 'InterCity Express' trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Trains from Prague to Vienna and Vienna to Munich are high-speed 'Railjet' trains on which reservations would be highly recommended. The 'Railjet' trains from Prague to Vienna can only be reserved once within 60 days of an intended date of departure, while the 'Railjet' trains from Vienna to Munich can be reserved within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    From Malmö to Gothenburg and Gothenburg to Stockholm, there are 'SJ High Speed' trains on which reservations would be required. Generally, these trains can be reserved once within 90 days of an intended date of departure. There also happens to regional trains from Malmö to Gothenburg and Gothenburg to Stockholm, which would not even accept reservations. Therefore, a rail pass would be all you'd need to board any of the regional trains on these routes.
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