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1. Posted by fleetcmd (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

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Good afternoon,

I'm looking for somone who could ask the Austrian Railway company (ÖBB) about a little thing:

Me and one of my friends are planning to visit Spain this October by train. The planned route is the following:

Budapest --> (Wien --> ) München --> Paris --> (Girona --> ) Barcelona --> Valencia

My problem is that we live in Hungary, but unfortunately here it is not possible to buy a seat reservation or couchettes for trains going to Spain. The information office told me that we can buy the reservation from Budapest to München and from München to Paris, but it's not possible to buy it from Paris to Barcelona. This is risky since that train has a compulsory seat reservation so if they run out of places, we cannot get in and it would be no fun to stuck in Paris for a day.

However, Wien is close to us, so if I can buy our tickets in Wien, it would worth to go there, but to avoid the travelling for nothing I'd like to ask someone to ask the ÖBB if it's possible or not.

The exact travel information I'd need is the following:

Our planned date and train is the following:

  • Departure October 09, 2010 from Paris Austerlitz at 20:34
  • Journey: From Paris Austerlitz to Girona
  • Train number: EN477 (the train goes from Paris to Barcelona)

If anyone could ask the following things I'd be grateful:

  • Is it possible to buy a reservation for this train in Austria?
  • If it does, what's the earliest date I can buy the reservation?
  • How much a couchette reservation costs for a person? (I don't need a base ticket, since we have a free ticket, however we need to buy the reservation)

I hope someone could help me, at this moment this is the only thing which is agains our journey :) Thank you :)

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Quoting fleetcmd

and it would be no fun to stuck in Paris for a day.

French Euronight trains operate under the brand Lunéa. You can book tickets through the SNCF-website. If you're able to pay by credit card, I don't think there's any need to travel to Vienna.

Tickets seem to start at €75, but I didn't follow through the reservation to check for hidden costs.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Aug-2010, at 09:29 by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by fleetcmd (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Quoting bentivogli

French Euronight trains operate under the brand Lunéa. You can book tickets through the SNCF-website. If you're able to pay by credit card, I don't think there's any need to travel to Vienna.

Tickets seem to start at €75, but I didn't follow through the reservation to check for hidden costs.

When I selected Hungary as a residence, it redirected me to http://www.tgv-europe.com/ . That website is good since they have an English section and works except one thing: It seems they only sell "bundled tickets" through the website (which means: ticket+reservation which is 74 €), so unfortunately it's not possible to buy a separate reservation here which I'd need.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Ah, so you already have a ticket?

This is tricky. I seem to remember that French SNCF (as well as Belgian B-rail) does not participate in Die Bahn's ticketing services, unlike many other national railways including ÖBB.

So you might want to contact ÖBB before going down there; I have this feeling they won't be able to help you either.

5. Posted by fleetcmd (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Ah thank you, I haven't found an e-mail contact form for them when I visited the ÖBB website (probably because I was trying the English version or don't know..). Now I wrote them an e-mail, I hope they won't hate me for writing in English and they send me a reply :)

Edit/Note: I work for the Hungarian State Railways, so we are eiglible for a free ticket to most European countries. That's what makes our travell organizing harder, since it's easy to apply for our tickets, but once you have that ticket, it's not easy to buy an abroad reservation...

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Aug-2010, at 01:24 by fleetcmd ]