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Would we pay more reserving a night train because we got Rail Europe Global Passes 1st class?

We've purchased our rail Europe global passes for 21 days on first class. If we reserve a night compartment on the train how much would be that reservation since we are 1th class? How do we go about to do the reservation? And what benefits do we get from having those pass?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2012 03:13
    Hello,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains (day trains and night trains) operating 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 high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes (generally, high-speed trains connect most of the larger cities and more popular destinations in western Europe).

    You would book reservations and check reservation costs by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Reservable trains in this part of Europe can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Only certain night trains offer seating accommodations, but all will have sleeping compartments of various kinds. 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.

    The class of service for sleeping compartments on night trains is generally determined by how many people a particular compartment sleeps. Single and double compartments are generally considered 1st class, while triple compartments, 4 passenger couchettes and 6 passenger couchettes are generally considered 2nd class accommodations. Therefore, if you wish to reserve one compartment for as many as 3, 4 or 6 passengers, then you would just have to expect that it would be considered 2nd class. In that sense, you can often just disregard class of service on night trains.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2012 20:09
    With a 1st class rail pass, you would be able to book reservations in 2nd class, be it for seats on a day train or a sleeping compartment that is considered 2nd class on a night train.

    To view any special bonuses offered with the purchase of a Eurail Global Pass, you would click on the tab that says 'Travel Bonuses' once you have accessed the page for this pass on our website.
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