Eurail Flexi pass reserving seats?

Old Jun 21st, 2006, 09:05 PM
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Eurail Flexi pass reserving seats?

It appears the 18 country 10 or 15 days in 2 months is the pass that is most practical for me, but I've just discovered that I must pay an additional reservation fee for each ticket I get in advance. Anyone have any experience using these passes from March-May? Do they often sell out so a reservation is a must or can I wing it? Most of my travel times will be from 11am-3pm departure times.

Also, I've read that some trains require a reservation, so how do I go about finding out which trains absolutely require them? I want to be able to add the necc. reservation fees to my totals so I can decide if the Eurail flexi is the best deal for me. I will be doing extensive travel through Italy, France, Belgium, and Ireland, all of which accept the pass.
 
Old Jun 21st, 2006, 10:26 PM
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check the site maninseat61.com
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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 10:30 PM
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Thanks for the input, however I'm looking more for advice on what people find at the stations if they don't reserve their tickets ahead of time.

BTW, not sure if I misunderstood the link you provided or not, but it didn't seem to lead me to anything useful, just a page of links that led me to other links that let to google search windows.
Thanks for trying, though.
 
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It's www.seat61.com
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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 10:35 PM
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There we go, thank you!
 
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A few trains such as the TGV in France and other high speed premium trains require a reservation. Other than that you rarely need a reservation. Buy your reservation when you know for sure when you are traveling. Reservations normally cost 3 euros. A reservation on the Thalys between Paris and Brussels costs 23 euros because it is a private company.

I always wing it. Your travel months are low season in Europe. You will have no problem getting on a train and finding a seat, especially in first class which is where your pass will entitle you to sit.

For long distance trips I suggest taking an overnight train. It will cost you $25 to $50 for a bunk but you save a day of travel and the cost of a night in a hotel.

When doing extensive travel I always carry a copy of the Thomas Cook European Timetable. The Thomas Cook Rail Map of Europe is an excellent planning tool for rail travelers. Visit the TC site at
www.thomascookpublishing.com/

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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 10:54 PM
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After I posted I noticed the references to www.seat61.com. That is an excellent site for details about trains throughout Europe. However if you are new to using the trains the site
www.enjoy-europe.com/hte/chap17/rail.htm is an excellent introduction.
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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 11:10 PM
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Thanks hopscotch, I'll get the book right before I go, it should be a great help. I'm wondering if you know how far in advance you need to reserve the ticket from Paris to Brussels? Can I do it on my first day in Paris, or do I need to reserve it before I head out?

Also, you mention a bunk which I plan on doing for the overnight from Milan to Paris. However, I read that the trains should have a 1 bunk private sleeper as well as per bed, which means you're bunking with other same sex travelers. I'd be interested in the 1 bunk private sleeper as I have erratic sleeping patterns, but the Eurail booking site doesn't seem to have this option listed. Is this something I could arrange at the station in Milan (I'll only be there two nights before I plan on heading on to Paris) or if not do you have any idea on how to book the 1 bunk private sleeper?

Thanks!
 
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BTW, I've checked out that other site you provided. Very helpful, thanks. I've bookmarked it to review often before I head out this spring.
 
Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 02:38 AM
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The Paris-Brussels route runs every 30min and takes 90min. There is no need to book a specific train before departing home.

i like to use the site www.bahn.de for europe wide train schedules.

Apart from special high speed trains like this or overnites when you want a bunk, I would just show up at the train station and hop on the next train to my destination, especially for relatively short rides. The exception might be longer haul routes on a holiday weekend (i.e. good friday, etc)
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Hi ceb,

Have you enttered your itinerary at www.railsaver.com and clicked "only if it saves money" to see if you really need a railpass?

Are you aware of PREMS discount fares on Drench trains, of 29E discount fares on Italian trains. Some international Italian train fares are as low as 15E.

For ES* trains in Italy you will have to buy a seat reservation - about 10E.

TGV and THALYS also require reservations.

As noted, you have to pay extra for sleepers. You can fins the prices with sleepers at

www.voyages-sncf.com

www.trenitalia.com

http://www.b-rail.be/main/E/


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ceb7369,

Here's another site that seems to have answers to your Milan-Paris questions www.italiarail.com/.
The train you will be on is the Stendhal EuroNight. You can google for that to find additional sites.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 05:22 PM
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Can I just say I don't know what I would do without you all? Thank you so much! Oh, wait a minute...I know what I'd do without all of you...spend three times as much on my trip to Europe and see three times less while I was doing it!
 
Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 05:24 PM
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J62,

I'm I missing the button where you can change the www.bahn.de site into english? Language barriers are my biggest road blocks to European travel.
 
Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 05:28 PM
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How do you select the country where the tickets will be delivered or sent on the www.voyages-sncf.com site? Is this indicating that they do not mail overseas? If so, do I select the country where I will be departing from and pick them up at some sort of window once I get to the train station like at a will call ticket office?
 
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at the top of the page where it says internat. guests.

or use this link

http://tinyurl.com/f3be6
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Thank you J62, it works perfectly now!

hopscotch, thanks for that site. It'll help me a lot with the Milan/Paris trip.
 
Old Jun 23rd, 2006, 05:11 AM
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Hi ceb,

You can't buy tickets from Milan to Paris at www.bahn.de; it is the German rail line.

Use www.trenitalia.com, click "international".

For the French line, leave the country as France.

If you find a PREMS fare, you can print your own ticket - DON'T buy the insurance.

Otherwise, have the tickets mailed to you c/o your hotel.

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The English schedules page at Die Bahn is http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
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