Me and my partner have second class 1 month mobile passes. We understand there is a reservation fee on many trains. We also understand there can be a supplement on night trains if we want a couchette, or even a compartment for just the 2 of us.
So...trying to book TORINO PORTA NUOVA (Italy) 09:55 PM INI 799 INTERCITYNOTTE to Napoli for 28th March , I come up with a $16AUD booking fee for a seat (ok sure, but I want a bed so I'll pay extra)...or $310.40 for 'couchetta c4 comfort per 1 passegero - compartimento intero'.
Those are my only 2 options
Even if that option means 1x 4 couchette compartment all to myself AND another 1x 4 couchette compartment all for my partner then
a) WHY? Why is that the only choice we get? Seems like we get to have 2 seats between us for $16 or a total of 8 individual couchettes for $310???
b) Why so expensive when I can book the same train on trenitalia WITHOUT A PASS but with beds for roughly $190?
I have read about some rules which mean people have to have a compartment all to themselves? If this is true then my partner (who I share a bed with at home!) would have to book an entire separate cabin? (But it seems its only eurail.com self service enforces this)?
Could someone explain to me how I can book a couchette/bed on an Italian night train for my partner and me, and use the $2000 we have spent on Eurail passes to make this cheaper, not more expensive!