Hi dear travellers,
I haven’t bought my pass yet (I’m looking to get the global pass), but I am a bit confused with how difficult it is to book trains and reserve seats and how reliable the trains are. So before I buy the pass I wanted to check:
- To book the tickets, do I have to search manually for trains on each company’s website and then book through there, or is there an easy hassle free way to book through the interrail app where you can book tickets and reserve seats all in one place?
- If manually, is this difficult to do? It seems a little overwhelming just from a first glance to coordinate the ticket and seats especially for night trains
- How reliable are the trains in Germany/Austria/Hungary/Chezch/Slovenia/Poland? Are they often late (i.e. should I always have a back up plan or always make sure connections are very far apart)? If a train is late and I miss the next connection, does it happen that you’re just stuck at the station in the middle of the night?
- Do I have to book very much in advance? My plan is to travel between 28/03 and 11/04, is this lowish season or can I get in trouble with no availability? Can I leave the booking for the day before?
- Furthermore, I’m not even sure if buying a global pass is even worth it.. if it makes things easier or more stressful when it comes to booking and seat reservations...
My destinations are Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Krakow, Bratislava, Budapest, Frankfurt.
(p.s. I’m an experienced traveller but I’ve never had experience with train travelling through Europe, and also I have never travelled with a tight schedule, so that’s why I’m a bit hesitant with this one...)
Thank you so much!
Best answer by BrendanDBView original