train travel pre book or on the day of travel. which is cheaper
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 23, 2013 11:33 PM Last Post By: skiingnsnowboar...
May 22, 2013 12:20 PM
train travel pre book or on the day of travel. which is cheaperHi,
Will be using the train in Austria and would like to know if its cheaper to prebook a seat. Does it cost more to select a seat. In ireland when you book your name appears overhead the seat selected on the train carridge. How many days in advance would you have to book? And if you book from A to B on a certain day, would you have to travel on a assigned time. Again in this country if you wanna travel at another time outside of the time you booked then you pay 10euro extra. Of course now your booked seat will not be available, so you may end up standing all of the journey.
Mant thanks in advance for your help with this,
May 25, 2013 1:27 PM
1My experience of living in Austria is that train travel within Austria is significantly cheaper when booked 1 week or more in advance, but in the few days running up to the journey it doesn't change much. As far as I'm aware, seat booking is not standard procedure, but I may be wrong. My advice is to log onto www.oebb.at and see what the prices are. It's a pretty good website and easyish to use. There's usually the option to buy a ticket for a specific train (usually cheaper) or for whichever train on that day (more expensive). Enjoy - train travel in Austria is a pleasant experience!!
May 25, 2013 1:48 PM
May 26, 2013 1:49 AM
3In general ÖBB-tickets cost the same, you can book 3 months ahead, and the price won't change. Those tickets are valid for almost any train at almost any time (night trains are usually excluded).
They introduced in the last few years a so called "Sparschiene" ticket category which works a little like cheap tickets for a low cost airline. You can also book 3 months ahead, but you have to use the train you booked, so you lose the flexibilty. Reservations are usually not necessary, on Fridays on Sundays on the main lines. It costs 3€ per trip, interchanges included.
If you are younger than 26 the Vorteilscard is usually quite a good deal. It's only 20€ for one year and it gives half price off of all the normal tickets. It pays of already with one return trip from Vienna to Salzburg. It's given also to foreigners, all you need is an ID and a passport picture.
May 26, 2013 11:00 AM
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