Should I get the euro rail triangle pass for $154 (http://www.raileurop…), a flexipass, or buy them individually? How are the economy seats?
Trains in Austria are expensive, so a pass will generally save money there. Trains in Czech Republic are cheaper, so a rail pass generally doesn’t save money there. If your dates are set and you’re willing to commit to non-refundable tickets for specific trains (specific date and time) I’d look at buying them on-line from the Austrian National Rail Company — there are links to the national rail company websites under “transportation” on the “travel tips” tab. Advance purchase on-line specials are often cheaper than a railpass. Next cheapest is probably a toss-up between the triangle pass and buying the tickets at the train station in Europe. DO NOT buy point to point tickets from RailEurope or any other travel agency website. They generally don’t offer specials and charge “global fare” which is 30 % to 35% more than you’ll pay at the station.
2nd class seating on these trains will be perfectly acceptable. 1st class is roomier and less crowded — because Europeans almost always use 2nd class — but 2nd class will be comfortable for these short trips.
BTW, the Austrian rail website probably only sells tickets 60 days (maybe 90 days on some routes) in advance. You should be able to find specials and determine the standard fare (what you’ll most likely pay if you buy them at the station) from the website.
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