I'm travelling to Zagreb from Istanbul on a four countries pass on eurail

please advice the best connections with the reservation fares

im in a family of 2adults 1 youth and 1 child
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2018 16:40
    Hi Ruchika,

    Zagreb to Istanbul (via Belgrade and Sofia)

    The most feasible connection from Zagreb to Istanbul takes about 34.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Belgrade and then once in Sofia. The segments from Zagreb to Belgrade and Sofia to Istanbul would be on overnight trains.

    With this option, your Eurail Pass would need to include Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

    All 3 trains making up this connection will require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass. However, reservations for the night from Sofia to Istanbul (Balkan Express) are currently only able to be booked locally in Europe. Therefore, we have no way of selling you reservations for this train.

    Due to an error, it is currently not possible to purchase passholder reservations for the trains from Zagreb to Belgrade and Belgrade to Sofia on our website. Until this is resolved, you would have to inquire about their reservation costs and schedules by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.

    Generally, these trains can only be reserved once within 60 days of an intended departure.

    Zagreb to Istanbul (via Budapest and Bucharest)

    If you want to have all your reservations before leaving for Europe (which is advisable), you could go with a longer connection through Hungary and Romania. This option takes about 48.5 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Budapest and then once in Bucharest.

    With this option, your Eurail Pass would need to include Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

    On the train from Zagreb to Budapest, reservations are recommended but not required. The night trains from Budapest to Bucharest and Bucharest to Istanbul require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you can check reservation costs for the train from Zagreb to Budapest by searching the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    The night train from Budapest to Bucharest (Ister night train) carries Single compartments, Double compartments, Triple compartments, 6-berth compartments, and 2nd class seats. Due to an error, it may currently be the case that our website is only able to offer a maximum of two of these accommodation types. It may only even offer you Double compartments. If you're interested in one of the accommodation types that isn't shown, you would have to call us to book.

    We are able to issue reservations for the night train from Bucharest to Istanbul (Bosphorus Express), but only if you call us.

    Generally, these trains can only be reserved within 60 days of an intended departure date.
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