I’m happy to have found this site and am desperately looking for some informed assistance.
I’m trying to do my homework for a trip next summer to Europe. My wife and I will have Eurail Passes and I’m trying to piece together our train travel between a few destinations. Here’s my situation:
I am using DB Bahn to work out the trip from Brussels to Prague with as few fees as possible. When I click the option for “All without ICE,” I see that some legs of the trip do not require reservations, while others say “subject to reservation.” I have used RailEurope.com to research the costs of the fees for the parts that say “subject to reservation.”
This is my confusion: When I get the suggested travel itinerary for my trip on DB Bahn (while using the “all without ICE” option), one portion, from “Dresden” to “Praha (Prague)” claims that a reservation is required. Then, I go back to DB Bahn, and on the options, choose, “local transport only.” I type in “Dresden to Praha” and it shows me a possible, though long, itinerary that seems to suggest I could in fact do that trip less quickly but with NO FEES!
My two questions:
1. Am I doing this right, and have I correctly understood what I am seeing? I realize the trip is longer this way, but will I still get there?
2. What does “subject to reservation” mean on DB Bahn? How do I know if I must get a reservation or just how “subject” is it??
Thank you, and I apologize for my longwinded diatribe.