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East Europe Travel

Dear RE,

My plan is as follows, we are 2 people:

4th August - Budapest to Vienna

5th August - Vienna to Bratislava (Same Day Return)

6th August - Vienna to Salzburg (Same Day Return)

8th August - Vienna to Prague

9th August - Prague to Cesky Krumlov (Same Day Return - Cesky Krumlov does not show as arrival city on your plan for reservations)

The above makes it 5 Days of travel altogether. I wanted to know what pass should I get, want to travel 2nd Class; would the European East Pass work better or the EU Select Pass? Also, would I need to make reservations on these routes?

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Rail Europe Posted 1 year ago

Hello Udit,

Thanks for the question.

With regards to your itinerary, you can purchase European East Pass for your travel as it is economical for your travel.

To purchase the Pass click "Here".

For your travel from Prague to Ceske Krumlov, you will need to travel as below as there is 1 connection at Ceske Budejovice.

- Prague to Ceske Budejovice - Regional train - Seat reservation not required with a Pass.

- Ceske Budejovice to Ceske Krumlov - Regional train - Seat reservation not required with a Pass.

Keep in mind that seat reservations would be mandatory for all High-Speed, Night, Scenic and Border Crossing trains. But, you will receive pass holder/discounted fares for these journeys with the pass. With a Pass you can travel on regional/intercity trains within a country.

Kindly note that pass seats can be reserved by clicking on "I have a rail Pass" on the home page of our website under "Book Train tickets" & then select the name of the pass and feed in the Departure city and the Arrival city along with the travel date and preferred time & the number of passengers (Senior, adults, youth and children), and then click on "Search". Once you do so, you would find the schedules along with the fares.

Hope this helps!!!

Kind Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Dear Leora,

I just wanted to know that I want to purchase the pass but do you think I need to make prior reservations for the following:

4th August - Budapest to Vienna

5th August - Vienna to Bratislava (Same Day Return)

6th August - Vienna to Salzburg (Same Day Return)

8th August - Vienna to Prague

9th August - Prague to Cesky Krumlov (Same Day Return - Cesky Krumlov does not show as arrival city on your plan for reservations)

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Hello Udit,

Thanks for your reply.

Please note the below route where you can view which sector requires seat reservations and which trains are free seating with a Pass.

- Budapest to Vienna - There are Eurocities and Railjet trains on this route.

Seat reservation is not mandatory on Railjet train but recommended. On Eurocities train, seat reservation is compulsory.

- Vienna - Bratislava - Vienna - Compulsory seat reservations.

- Vienna - Salzburg - Vienna - Railjet train - Seat reservation not mandatory but recommended.

- Vienna to Prague - Railjet train - Seat reservation not mandatory but recommended.

- Prague to Český Krumlov - Seat reservation not mandatory but recommended.

Please note, for the sectors where seat reservation is not mandatory but recommended, we advise you to purchase seat reservations due to high season in Europe and trains are usually full.

Hope this helps!!!

Kind Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thanks Leora. That has been helpful. I noticed that seat reservations for Vienna - Bratislava - Vienna is as expensive as buying the proper fare. Would you recommend we get point to point tickets for that. And basis our itinerary can we use one day in Budapest for something.

Also can you share the link of Benefits for the entire pass as on the site the benefits dont say much.

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Hello Udit,

Thanks for your reply.

Seat reservation fares are at a discounted price with a Pass and not full fare ticket. Kindly click on the Fare details tab which is next to Select fare to view if the fare is a seat reservation fare.

You can compare the cost and book accordingly as per your convenience.

Please note the Benefits offered with the European East Pass.

- Danube river trips with DDSG Blue Danube: Scheduled trips Melk – Krems, Vienna – Dürnstein – Vienna (on Sunday only) & Sightseeing trips by boat in Vienna: 20% discount (http://www.ddsg-blue-danube.at).

- Danube river trip with Wurm & Köck from Linz to Passau: special discounts to be checked locally (http://www.wurm-koeck.de).

- 1st class pass holders receive free entrance to the ÖBB-Lounges in Graz Hbf, Innsbruck Hbf, Klagenfurt, Linz Hbf, Salzburg Hbf, Wien HBF, and Wien Meidling train station.

- 1st class pass holders with 1st class reservation, or Railjet Premium Class seat reservation, or with single/double sleeping car supplement receive free entrance to the Business Lounge of MÁV-START situated at Budapest Keleti Railway Station, bonus is valid only on the day of travel (https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en/mav-start/domestic-travels/business-lounge).

- Scenic Narrow-Gauge Railway Balatonfenyves – Somogyszentpál (Plattensee, open all days) free travel.

- 50% discount on the entrance fee for the Hungarian Heritage Railway Park by motor train from Budapest-Nyugati station (seasonal opening hours, for details please visit: http://www.vasuttortenetipark.hu/en).

Hope this helps!!!

Kind Regards,

Leora, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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