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Seat reservation on bahn.com

  • 8 October 2022
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Hi guys, I need some help. I tried to reserve a seat for the amsterdam central-berlin hbf night train for 19/10. The interrail booking site told me that it was not possible to reserve a seat, even though a reservation was not required. I booked on bahn.com, even at a lower price, and had no problem booking a seat. Do you know the bahn.com site is reliable and is this reservation still valid?
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Best answer by Angelo 8 October 2022, 18:33

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Hi, there is no direct nighttrain between Amsterdam and Berlin. But with changing trains you can use a ICE train traveling by night (only seats available).

DB ask 4,50€/booking for a reservation

Interrail.eu 8€/seat for a reservation

And yes it is valid a reservation by DB with an Interrail pass.

Here in the community we often say to better not use interrail.eu because you have to pay more.

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It is always best to make the reservation with the railway company running the train so German trains are best booked through bahn. com. Please read more about that below.

Here is some useful information from the experienced travellers in the Community regarding both planning, reservations and activation of pass and travel days. 

 Planning

The rail planner is normally not up to date, as it only is updated once a month, so to be sure of the time table you better check the timetable and availability on the websites of the national railways. The bigger national railways, like DB (Germany) SBB (Switzerland) and ÖBB (Austria) cover several countries. 

 Reservations 

The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is to use other ways to make reservations than the Interrail/Eurail website.  You can look at the guide in the link:

https://community.eurail.com/train-connections-reservations-47/how-to-get-reservations-105

If you, after having looked at the guide, have questions about how to make specific reservation, please give your travel details (departure date, time and route) preferably in a new topic, and you will get advice.

Please note that Interrail/Eurail charges an extra fee of 2 EUR per person and train in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.

 Activation of pass

During the activation process, when you choose the start day of the validity of the pass, the first day of the validity period is automatically made a travel day, even if you don't enter a journey, the advice is therefore not to activate the pass before the first travel day as you only can deactivate the pass before 00.00 on the day the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you will loose travel days if you have activated the pass in advance.

It can be wise to make a test and activate the pass with a start date well in the future and then deactivate the pass immediately, just to see that everything works.

 Activation of travel day

The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is also never to activate a travel day, that is connect a journey to your pass and create the ticket (QR code), until just before boarding the train, otherwise you might loose a travel day if your travel plans change in a late stage  You can't delete a travel day in the past. A travel day can only be deleted until 23.59 CET the day before the travel day.

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IF you choose the overnight connection-and blindly follow the planners, you are pointed to the combined NJ/IC-overnite from AMS via Duisburg/Düsseldorf to ward Swiss-SEATs in this train (that is more often late as on time shortly after reaching Germany) cannoit be RES via bahn.com and it is also not really needed in this time of yr. BUT you have to use the 3 seated cars that are run as IC, NOT the OeBB cars that run as NJ and have 6-person compatrments old style.

Duisburg station, the first to change, is awful and currently now also under complete repairs/renovations that should have staretd some 20 yrs ago. It may be wiser to use an earlier ICE and change Düsseldorf.

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IF you choose the overnight connection-and blindly follow the planners, you are pointed to the combined NJ/IC-overnite from AMS via Duisburg/Düsseldorf to ward Swiss-SEATs in this train (that is more often late as on time shortly after reaching Germany) cannoit be RES via bahn.com

@mcadv 

I guess you never tried because you can book this train via bahn.com.

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