As part of the trip my husband and I are planning, we want to take the train from Vienna to Istanbul (and back).
I’ve done a lot of searching for the routes, and while I’m not yet sure of what our stopovers on this pair of long train trips will be, I do know that the trip is likely to involve trains between Vienna and Budapest that require reservations as well as trains between Budapest and Craiova and/or a train from Craiova to Vienna that also require reservations.
The Eurail.com site indicates reservations will be mailed to my US address by registered mail. How long roughly does this take? 2 weeks? or 2 months? I ask because we will be flying to Europe on June 20, and I’d hate to buy reservations only to have them not get delivered in time.
As a second question, I also have noticed that the information about international train between Sofia, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey don’t seem to be available from Eurail.com and the “more information” seems to indicate that you need to buy these reservations at a “major train station” in Europe. Does that mean I have to wait until I get to Sofia to book this leg of the journey? And if so, what are the chances that we wind up not getting seats?