Reservations for Balkans Trip

  • 31 May 2023
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I am trying to make reservations (and have been trying to for weeks) for connections from Istanbul → Sofia, Podgorica → Belgrade and Split → Zagreb, but whenever I click on anything it just says that seat reservations are not available.

Seems like a lot of other people have had issues with pre-booking these reservations. Are reservations for all of these supposed to be made at the train station? Are you able to make reservations for the Istanbul → Sofia train at the Sirkeci station in Istanbul, even if the train to Sofia leaves from Halkali station?

Any insight would be really appreciated! Thanks so much!


Best answer by thibcabe 31 May 2023, 14:11

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Istanbul - Sofia isn't available online. It is possible to do it at Sirkeci yes.

Can't help for Podgorica - Belgrade but maybe this will be useful :

Split - Zagreb wasn't available online until recently. For travel dates after 1st July use : add Eurail as a discount and select one-way tickets. It should cost 3€ for the daytime train. For the night train : contact

However a regular ticket doesn't cost much more if you want to save a pass day.

Thank you so much!