My boyfriend and I have been planning a trip to Europe and we fly out on February 25th (off season). We have the tickets, insurance, Eurail Global train pass, and the hostels booked. Our plan is to see a lot of cities in only two weeks. The way we were going to pull it all off was using sleeper trains. So I mapped it out and made sure the train went from point A to point B and their times via the time tables on eurail.com. See the itinerary below:
Venice- 1 day: Overnight Train to Vienna
Vienna- 2 days, I night: Overnight Train to Zurich
Zurich- 1 day: Overnight Train to Berlin
Berlin- 2days, 1 night: Overnight Train to Munich
Munich- 2 days, 1 night: Overnight Train to Amsterdam
Amsterdam- 2.5 days, 2 nights
The problem: The overnight trains’ reservation fees for a couchette are a little high to reserve online at raileurope.com. I don’t want to sleep in the folding chairs but we have a tight budget. I hear it is cheaper to just reserve the trains at the train station.
The Question: With our tight schedule (one full train could throw the whole schedule off and we’d lose our hostel reservations and time in each city) should we book the trains now and pay the extra or wait and book them at the train station when we arrive to save some money (we are traveling off season Feb/March)?
Thanks for your help!!