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Price of Overnight Train


I will be using a 4 country pass, with access to ITaly, Austria, Germany and Hungary. The pass is around $450. When I go to reserve trains however I am a little perplexed on the cost. I need to make a reservation for an overnight train Munich-Budapest, however it says this will cost me $150 extra JUST for the reservation, not even including the $22 extra for a couchette. I find this hard to believe. I took an overnight train Paris-Munich in 2012 and the cost was NOWHERE near this. What's the point in having the pass and paying 450 dollars for it if I just have to pay another 150 for 1 train!!?? Please let me know. I cannot comprehend the price.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 27, 2014 15:24
    Hi Scott,

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

    Reservations are required on all night trains, many international routes, and most high-speed trains (the exception to this being the high-speed trains that operate within Germany, for which reservations would just be highly recommended).

    Reservation costs for sleeping compartments are more than for seat reservations, since it is an actual sleeping space that is being reserved. These costs vary by train and the type of compartment being reserved. For instance, space in a private single compartment will cost more to reserve than space in a shared 6 passenger couchette.

    If it works out that regular tickets are the most economical option for your specific itinerary, then we provide that option as well. For travel without a rail pass, you would check regular point-to-point ticket costs and purchase tickets by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website,
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