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Me and a couple of friends bought Interrail passes for our Summer trip this year. I was trying to make some train reservations at https://reservations.interrail.eu/ , but the process doesn't seem to be transparent at all.

As an example, I selected this options for one of the reservations: prices

How can I know the prices of each of the accommodation preferences I selected? The page states that the prices are indicative, but I'd like to know how much each alternative would cost me, in order to decide which of them is more suitable to our budget...

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: As I was suggested to use other reservation services, here are the trips that need reservation AFAIK:

  • Milan - Venice
  • Venice - Vienna (night train)
  • Vienna - Budapest -> I won't use this one to sleep in (only a 2h trip), but it will be a night train, so reservation is required...
  • Zagreb - Split (night train)
  • Don't make reservations on that website, go to the respective train companies' websites! Generally, you don't have to reserve every train, only reserve those that go a long distance or overnight for example. – Sebastian Jul 4 '17 at 6:05
  • Maybe you could include a list of trains/routes you wish to travel, then we can help you more. – Sebastian Jul 4 '17 at 6:15
  • Thanks @Sebastian. I tried to check prices at other sites but didn't succeed for most of the cases. I've added information about the trips I'm making, if you or anyone could help me with that. – norim_13 Jul 4 '17 at 9:50
  • Budapest-Vienna is 6 hours, not 2. In my opinion, you are missing out on a lot by taking night trains where the scenery at day time would be fascinating (Alps, Croatia...). Are you flexible enough to take the day trips? Anyways, Milan-Venice should be trenitalia.it, Venice-Vienna is OEBB. The other two might be problematic. – Sebastian Jul 4 '17 at 11:55
  • I really won't have enough time to visit every country and still travel during the day... About the Vienna-Budapest, according to the train schedules, it's slightly under 2h30 (i.imgur.com/0mg1ZPM.png). I noticed I wrote it wrong in the original post (I wrote Budapest-Zagreb where it was supposed to be Vienna-Budapest). – norim_13 Jul 4 '17 at 13:42
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rail.cc offers a crompehensive overview on interrail reservation fees across Europe. Unfortunately each railway organization handles reservations differently. Therefore my best advise would be to buy reservations within the respective countries directly at train stations (or sometimes even get free reservations).

Reservations are one of the reasons interrail travel remains an adventure, as not everything will always happen as planned...

  • Do you think it will be ok if I make reservations only one or two days in advance at the train stations? Do the trains often get fully booked? I like the adventure part of the process right until it makes me loose money from my hotel reservations and flights :P – norim_13 Jul 4 '17 at 17:00
  • For night trains (especially in the summer months June-August) this could be a risky bet. You could try to buy a reservation at your local train station. In some constelations this could be possible. But the Railjet between Budapest and Vienna for example doesn't even have compulsory reservations. That means you might always board the train with your interrail ticket, but in the worst case you won't get a seat.(This is now your decision, if you have a problem with sitting somewhere on the floor - for me this still counts onto adventure ^^) – Daniel Jul 4 '17 at 17:11
  • The Railjet doesn't require reservation, but we were planning on taking the NT 347, which takes much less time (under 2h30), and that requires reservation... But even on the interrail reservations service no price is displayed... i.imgur.com/EUIySbT.png – norim_13 Jul 4 '17 at 17:43
  • @norim_13 has reservation fee information for most trains (including NT 347), just navigate to Interrail/Night trains / Austria / NT 347 and you get detailed information on rail.cc/en/interrail-night-train/vienna-bucharest-en-347/50 so it's 10€ for a normal seat – Daniel Jul 8 '17 at 16:37
  • Thanks @Daniel. But although this tells me the price, I can't find a way to purchase it... I can't find in OEBB's site the option to reserve seats for GlobalPass owners... – norim_13 Jul 8 '17 at 22:50

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