Paris to Berlin using Eurail Pass
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 12, 2012 10:51 AM Last Post By: abalada
Oct 12, 2012 8:17 AM
I want to get the train from Paris to Berlin on Wednesday October 17. When I was back home in Australia, I used www.railplus.com.au to book my Global Flexi Eurail Pass, as well as my first reservation for another train trip. However, now that I am in Europe, I can't book from that site any more. The railplus.com.au website allows me to make a reservation as a passholder for the Paris to Berlin trip for $30AUD. Using the www.bahn.de site (redirected from eurail.com), I can't seem to find how to just make a seat reservation, they are all coming up as full fares or a 'savings' fare which still costs 109Euro.
Am I doing something wrong? Thanks for any help.
Oct 12, 2012 8:20 AM
1If you are in France go to a station to book a seat, you should be abe to do it at any tgv station
Oct 12, 2012 9:05 AM
Oct 12, 2012 9:35 AM
Oct 12, 2012 10:18 AM
4I emailed Seat 61 and this is the reply I got, which identified the way to book a reservation through the Bahn DE website:
"Go to www.bahn.de/en, do the enquiry, identify the direct CNL train with no changes, select it and look for the little link 'Book only extra charge' bottom right. Couchette supplement with pass €27.50 in 6 berth, 37.50 in 4-berth, sleeper supplement €70 in a 2-berth.
For day trains, no online reservation-only bookings are possible. You pick up the phone to an agency."
Hope that helps for anyone in the future with similar problems.
Oct 12, 2012 10:51 AM
5There are 2 route options from Paris to Berlin. Via Brussels and Cologne and the other one via Frankfurt. The route Paris Nord - Brussels - Cologne is served by Thalys trains where you have to pay a steep surcharge as an Eurail Pass holder (EUR 51,00 in 1st class). For the TGV/ICE trains from Paris Est to Frankfurt seat reservation is also compulsory but much cheaper (bought in Germany it costs EUR 4,00).
For domestic trips inside Germany seat reservations are not compulsory (only exception night trains and the few ICE Sprinter). Thus you can just hop on and off with your rail pass. You can buy however seat reservations online for domestic trips inside Germany through the DB timetable. Or from ticket machines. Or at the counter. Price is always the same - EUR 4,00. A seat reservation incl. 1 change of trains. Seat reservations are only possible on long distance trains (IC/EC and ICE).
If you want a seat reservation for an international journey you have to go to a counter at a train station. The big train stations are better suited as the staff does normally know more English and has more experience which thus things. You can in principle also reserve in country A for a trip from country B to C. Works not everywhere equally well however.
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