Interrail: supplements and compulsory reservations

ShoRa @ 12-02-2008 14:27


It will be helpful to me if somebody answers me a few questions:
1. Almost all night trains have 2. class seated coaches. Are they subject to compulsory reservations or supplements? (if not, are they usually occupied?)
2. How much the reservation/supplement costs for CityNightLine for 2. class, seated, on such as Basel-Prague or Paris-Hamburg lines?
3. Are there supplements or compulsory reservations on the ICE & TGV lines? (I noticed on some TGV & ICE lines between Germany, Austria, etc. and France that there is no compulsory reservation in Austria and Germany, until the French border, and then it is compulsory in France)
4. How much the average reservation/supplement costs for ICE & TGV?

Thankful, in advance

Pete @ 12-02-2008 18:55

here are the answers... 🙂

1) there is a change during the last years ... the normal seated night-trains get less, the special comfort night trains become more.
Normal seats in normal seated night trains mostly do not need a reservation. During the nights of a weekend, they are often full, especially in the summer months and in South European countries.

2) for night trains offered by the German rail company have a look at CityNightLine.
the information about the supplements I have right now (just changed for 200😎 are:
normal seat: 4 EUR
sleeping seat: 10 EUR
couchette (6 beds in a compartment): 20 EUR
you can buy this reservation at German train stations, but it seems that the places for InterRailers are limited...

3) in an ICE a reservation is possible but not compulsory. if you want a reservation (good on Friday and Sunday evening travels) it is 3,50 EUR.

TGV - you need a reservation: 3 EUR for off peak times and 15 EUR for peak price times (ask at the station). normally peak times are in the early morning, in the evening during the week and on Friday and Sunday evening.

4) see above ... 🙂

Have a lot of fun,

ShoRa @ 17-02-2008 11:14

Thanks :P

GoingSohlo @ 08-03-2008 20:59

Hmmm. Since the seats for interrail pass holders are limited, and assuming you do not wish to get stuck, is there a way to book the City Night Line (CNL) supplement only in advance from the internet?

We are planning to come down from Oulu, Finland to Stockholm on the northern loop route via Haparanda, and in Stockholm connect onto Copenhagen, from whence tentatively take the CNL to Amsterdam.

The other option is an early morning 6.20 connection reaching Amsterdam at 10.31 pm, which entails a string of XE, IC, and ICE trains across Denmark, Germany and Netherlands: with change times of only a few minutes; do you need to get a separate supplement for each single train stretch? If yes, can you buy these without penalty on board? There is no feasible way of always booking one in each country separately because of the short change times.

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