Last year we got the NightJet from Innsbruck to Cologne to then get the ICE to Brussels (both prebooked and reserved)
We missed our connection by less than 10 minutes and got the next available ICE 2 hours later.
There would have been a Thalys an hour earlier. Could we have got this one as the next train at no extra cost? The staff at the Deutsche Bahn Info desk didn’t seem to think so but then he was Deutsche Bahn. This suggests I could have if I understand it right: https://faq.trainline.eu/article/449-miss-train#:~:text=You%20can%20speak%20to%20the,the%20delay%20is%20not%20significant.
I am asking because we are doing the same trip again this year and trying to decide if I book the later ICE or if I book the earlier one with the risk of ending up on the later one anyway or if we could end up on the Thalys with the earlier booking if delayed again.
Thoughts appreciated. The NightJet is with Interrail ticket this time but the ICE connection will be booked without IR.
Best answer by BrendanDBView original