Hi, I was just wondering how early I need to make reservations for train trips and how can I make them? I'll be taking overnight trains and I'd like to have a couchette or whatever so I can get some sleep. Do the reservations cost much and are the couchettes more?
Your question is quite hard to answer, because there are big differences between countries in Europe. In Spain you can reserve a few hours ahead, in Sweden you have to take your time, and for other countries it depends on the train type you will travel with. If you can be more specific about your destinations, then maybe I can get you some more specific information.
I will traveling by train from Paris to Barcelona, tnen Barcelona to Madrid. Thanks.
Paris to Barcelona you will probably have to book at least some days in advance, depending on the time (summer is more busy). If you are not too picky on the type of train to take, Barcelona - Madrid is very easy to book, especially when you want to have a seat, if you require a sleeping wagon, then you have to book more (few days) in advance.
you don't always need reservations in austria. when you book you're tickets in advance, most of the time they know if there will be "beaucoup de monde" (many people). when you go at lunchtime, in the morning (school, work starts), or early afternoon, there are more people than at night.
reservations are really cheap, so if you really need to sleep, you should pay for it. if not, you can sit on the floor, too.
Last time I had to pay 5 Euros for 5 hours. When you pay 50 for the ticket, why not.
Do I make the reservations at the station or is there any other way to do it?
you can buy tickets and book reservations online on oebb.at
but i think doing it at the station is easier.