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medept
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Posted 11 years ago

Hi all first post here!

I have just booked the train from Zurich to Budapest for 26th May. I was able to use the Eurail discount. Now the train leaves at 22:40 so follows the 7 o'clock rule.

However my question is: Does this count as one of my travel days or because I paid 122 Swiss Francs for the ticket is it merely using the discount which does not affect the travel days.

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Martin

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Peter
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replied 11 years ago

Hi.
Information about prices of the night train Zurich to Budapest here: [u]https://rail.cc/en/night-train/zurich-budapest-en-60467/177[/u]
You get the reservation easily at a railway station - for example somewhere in Switzerland or an other country you travel before.
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medept
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replied 11 years ago

Just got a quote back without the InterRail Discount and it is 364 Swiss Francs compared to the 122 Swiss Francs with the InterRail card.

Again my question is does this count as one of the travel days as the fare was not free but a discount?

If you look at the very bottom of the page for buying the interrail ticket it states:

If the benefit only entails a discount in price, this does not require use of a travel day. Therefore, you can travel using the discount - even if all your travel days have been used up - provided it takes place within the overall validity period of your Pass.

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Flo
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replied 11 years ago

Hi Martin!

InterRail (please use this term only and not Eurorail or anything like that since there is another product called Eurail as well which is available only to non-European citizens) is a rail ticket that entitles you to free train travel in all 30 countries that participate in the scheme.
However, for some trains (mainly high speed and night trains) additional reservations are required. These reservations are not a discounted fare, they are simply extra reservations that guarantee you a place and which need to be bought by travellers using regular tickets (eg point-to-point tickes).

Reservation prices for day trains: :arr: [u]https://rail.cc/en/interrail-train-reservation[/u]
Reservation prices for night trains: :arr: [u]https://rail.cc/en/interrail-night-train[/u]

I assume you contacted SBB for the price? 122 CHF is ~100€ which is the reservation price for a single sleeper compartment on the Zürich - Budapest night train.
You could have looked here as well: :arr: [u]https://rail.cc/en/interrail-night-train/zurich-budapest-en-60467/177[/u]

As I said above, a reservation has nothing to do with a discounted fare which means that you of course need to use one travel day for this night train. You can use the 1900-rule, so it is sufficient to enter the 27th May only.

The term you quoted referring to discounted travel only applies to either railways that only grant a discount for travelling (eg FEVE in Spain grant a 50% discount for InterRail travellers, so if you are using only FEVE trains on a certain day you do not need to use a travel day; other examples would be ferry companies or a few private railways which only grant a discount).


Flo 8)