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Originally I just wanted to comment on the excellent answer by Hilma, but I can't stress the chance of delays enough. The Deutsche Bahn is nowadays notorious for their delays, especially on long-distance trains (the tricks the DB uses to make the delayed trains look better was even a topic on the latest Chaos Communication Congress, English audio track ...


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Sort of. In general the Bahn is good at creating schedules and managing connections efficiently. For example when two "busy" trains intersect they often line them up on both sides of a single platform so you can directly walk out of one train straight into the other. This being said, in my personal experience on-time performance of the trains has severely ...


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The TGV has mandatory seat reservations That is incorrect, e.g. see https://en.oui.sncf/en/france-europe/on-board-seating-positions (mirror): When all seats are booked, you will be offered an "no fixed seat booked" seat. In this case, your ticket will have a coach number and be marked "sans place attribuée" (no fixed seat booked). Rest assured, to ...


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One important information that could help a lot in making those decisions is that DB (and CFF, and probably a few others) actually plan in advance which track which train is going to use, contrary to SNCF which seems to just throw dice at the last minute. This information is readily available on the DB or CFF websites, even for trains running in several ...


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They do not cover the same area. The Network Railcard only covers journeys entirely within London and the Southeast, whereas the 16-25 Railcard covers the whole of the UK. The benefit the Network Railcard has which the 16-25 Railcard lacks is that it also gives 1/3 off fares for up to 3 adults accompanying the holder, and 60% off fares for up to 4 children ...


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When I missed my connection I went to the ticket window, I was accepted on the next train even though, in theory, there were no seats available. I had to report to the train manager. He asked me to sit in one of those extra seats till the train was well underway and then move to any of the empty seats, as they expected other people to miss that train. I ...


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DB is running the trains into and out of Frankfurt (I assume they will all be ICEs) and they are selling you a ticket for the entire journey which may even be tied to specific trains (for a lower price). Thus, they are confident that the transfer works or they would not advertise it. Furthermore, you have a valid contract with them so it is their ...


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Seat reservations in German trains are only a thing in long distance trains (marked EC/IC or ICE if serviced by DB but can also include the Austrian RJ, the French TGV, the Thalys or other European railways’ EC).[1] Thus, for any local train trip your ticket comes with no guarantee of a seat. Where there are seat reservations, these are typically detached ...


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Note that the rules have recently changed, are still in flux, and of course things may be very different in case of disruption. Until recently: On TGV seat reservation were mandatory There would be a small number of reservations made without an assigned seat, and no guaranteed seat. This is just plain and simple overbooking. In many cases there will be no-...


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These seats are also very useful when you simply want to spend some time in the corridor for whatever reason, e.g. to make a phone call, to calm a crying baby, or because you're preparing to get off the train.


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The Bahn AG typically has a good idea how long it takes to change trains, and if a connection is offered, it is feasible even for someone not fit (walking slowly). So generally, if they offer it, you need not be concerned. Many connections with large volume of passenger known to use them are set up with trains across from each other, so even 30 seconds ...


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Without going into too much detail about the delays, let's answer the question: Is it managable to have a 15 minute exchange in Frankfurt (in general, on the main station without S-Bahn or U-Bahn)? Yes, 15 minutes is enough. For me that's sufficient even down to the S-Bahn with luggage and small children (I don't use elevators). Additional to delay, there ...


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This webpage provide some pieces of information. Les TGV / INTERCITES / OUIGO ouverts à la réservation sont garantis pour des voyages jusqu'au 16 janvier 2020 inclus. TGVs / Intercities / OUIGO trains still open to booking are warranted for travels up to 16 january included. So if you can book a ticket for your train, or if is still signaled as "complete"...


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Long distance trains are coming close to normal these days. It’s of course still irregular. But SNCF give accurate guarantees of which long distance trains will run a few days in advance. At this time, they already guarantee that all trains you can book up to the 16th will actually run. So just head to the oui.sncf website and try to book the trains you are ...


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If you travel via Nagoya, you will be travelling on the Shin-etsu Main, Shinonoi and Chuo Main Lines to Nagoya, and then most likely Tokaido Shinkansen to Kyoto. Forget about the second part - most of Tokaido Shinkansen between Nagoya and Kyoto travel through industrial areas in the Tokai region and Shiga Prefecture. The Chuo Main Line between Shiojiri and ...


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Grüezi Nijat 😁 Trains are through CFR | 9.5 Hours | $17 - $26 USD Buses are through Fany | 9 Hours | $17 - $26 USD Flights are through Blue Air | 1 Hour | $60 USD Rome2Rio is a helpful website too! Hope this helps!


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I've bought tickets in advance and even paid for a seat reservation, but because they had to substitute a different train with either fewer cars or radically different carriage/seat numbering, still been without a seat. I've been able to get the 4.50 EUR reservation refunded, but not the train ticket itself - when you buy a DB ticket, you're paying for the ...


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Note: UK transport smart cards (the ones which are not Oyster cards) are also known as ITSO cards. When you load a ticket onto a smart card, whether at a ticket counter or using an automatic machine at a station, you can select an appropriate railcard discount from the machine display, or tell the ticket clerk. For a discounted ticket to be valid for travel, ...


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A reservation might be voided if a train is canceled or has less capacity. If too many people are on a train you might need to leave it (in this case they typically prefer people with reservations then). But while it is a common problem to be in a crowded train and reservations sometimes fails, it needs to be noted that it is also very common that you do ...


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Rome2Rio displays the mileage when the user clicks on the "Train" link after searching for a route. For example, I just entered "San Jose CA" and "Redding CA" and was shown the distance as 290.4 miles:


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TL;DR: No. There are three kinds of unlimited ride passes available in Sapporo: One-Day Ticket for Subway Use (地下鉄専用1日乗車券), valid on subways only, 830 yen Donichika Ticket (ドニチカキップ), valid on subways on weekends and public holidays only, 520 yen Dosanko Pass (どサンこパス), valid on streetcars on weekends and public holidays only, 370 yen There are all valid ...


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The Wikipedia article you linked shows that the EuroCity-Express uses ETR610 trains. Since your other sources link to the seating plan for the Frecciargento ETR610 trains, I think it's fair to assume that the interior layout is the same. But to verify this, I found a few YouTube videos and checked the seat numbers in them. In this video for instance the seat ...


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Normally, you should have received the card number via mail. First I would recheck that, If there really is no mail with your card number I would contact the DB via chat. That is free and you can get your response immediately. You can find it here: DB - Chat Otherwise you have to contact them via telephone: DB - Telephone Contact


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If you are walking “European speed” then 6min is all you need from any platform to another in Frankfurt Main Station.


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I would vouch for SBB/CFF Olten. CFF/SBB are known to have buffer times in their schedules when it comes to trains from other companies passing the Swiss border then typically changing the train team or / and changing the train engine. Which in principle allows some delay from the inbound train. Once beyond the border, well inside Swiss territory, the ...


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Having traveled a lot between Paris and Frankfurt during the past year I can assure you, that Frankfurt main station is much more easy to navigate than for example Gare de Lyon. There is only one level for long distance trains as others have already pointed out before. SCNF and DB are communicating delays quite well and you will usually be informed about ...


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Answering my own question: turns out the 24-hour limit is in place because all ETS Platinum trains continue past Ipoh to Penang/Padang Besar. So you can book well in advance if you're going further than Ipoh, but they don't want people traveling only to Ipoh to hog all the seats. In the end, as we'd been told there was plenty of space and we had no ...


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In 2016 we did ride from Nagoya to Nagano. We traveled on a "green" ticket (first class) which was the front car. If you reserve right two seats in the first row you actually have full view out the front of the train ! It was an awesome experience. Unfortunately I don't remember which exact train that was.


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I've travelled extensively for years through all of Germany. Overcrowding is common in both local and long-distance trains. In fact, one Intercity train that I took regularily was often so crowded that I was always afraid I wouldn't be able to get on board at all (always managed, but a few times I had a packed standing place right at the door). Seat ...


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I'll add to other fine answers a point of principle: left me thinking: can you buy a ticket in a German train and not get a seat? Yes, as the rationale seems to be: The railway company will not keep you off the train and stuck waiting (sometimes overnight), just because some people aren't willing to sit on the floor. Many people - perhaps most people - ...


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