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Prague to Berlin --confused about train ticket

I've made three train reservations on the DB website, thanks to help here on the Forums. I've made the reservations over a period of a couple weeks and now am wondering why I have seat assignments from Munich to Budapest First Class and from Berlin to Cologne Second Class, but no assigned First Class seats from Prague to Berlin. When I made the reservation last week I know I selected seats (window with table facing each other) but when no seats printed on the ticket I sort of figured that maybe since the train departed from a non-German city that that was just the way it was. Today after fussing with tickets from Berlin to Cologne because to leave one hour later caused a 60 euro increase in price so I was in and out several times, I'm starting to wonder if maybe I didn't have the little box checked that says I agree to pay 9 euro more for a seat assignment. And I found it interesting that today for the first time I actually got a diagram of a train car that showed my seats (like on an airline reservation), where from Munich to Budapest the system just gave me seats without showing me a layout.

Can someone tell me if I've managed to goof and not make a complete reservation from Prague to Berlin? And if so, how do I now go back to get a seat assignment?

Posted by
16894 posts

I think you probably did not check the little box. Even if you had, that route has "no diagram available," but you would have a car/wagon number and seat/platz number on your ticket. You cannot buy seat reservations separately on the DB site for this international route, so you will have to buy it at a train station or travel agency, if you want it. Seat reservations are optional and you do have a fair chance of finding seats together in 1st class even without a reservation.

Posted by
186 posts

Thank you, Laura. I was afraid I'd missed the check box because as I was fussing with the Berlin/Cologne reservation variations I realized that the system allowed you to choose seats but not check the box and then you'd get to pricing/ready to finish and sometimes I had seat numbers and sometimes I didn't. I guess I'll go ahead and pay the 15 euros or whatever the penalty is to cancel those tickets and start over (actually I guess I'd better be sure to get new tickets with seats before cancelling the old tickets). Otherwise I'll be worrying about the seats for the next six weeks.

So for anyone reading, watch for that darn tick box! If I were running the world the options for the type of compartments and whether you wanted to sit facing or side by side either wouldn't show up at all unless you ticked the seat reservation box or you wouldn't be allowed to choose seats and then proceed without a message popping up saying the seats weren't reserved for you unless you agreed to the extra 9 euro seat assignment fee. I was so proud of myself for making all the reservations, but now I'm kicking myself for managing to mess up our second train trip.

Posted by
186 posts

OK, with much trepidation and my husband sitting nearby, I cancelled the unassigned seat reser. and re-booked. The hardest thing was finding the page in DB that showed last week's reservation. Then there was a button to click for semi-simultaneously booking new and cancelling old, which I liked. By then I was able to tell from the price on the old ticket that I had indeed neglected to tick the box agreeing to the 9 euro fee for a seat assignment. It got a little scary when I got to the screen that said the seats weren't going to be shown until I actually made the reservation. Hmmm, now I'm getting nervous. So what could I do but proceed to the next screen which said the old reservation was cancelled, but the new couldn't be booked for the seats I requested. By then I was sweating, but there was nothing to do except accept at that point. So we ended up with a window and an aisle, rather than 2 windows facing each other over a table. I can't be sure seat 73 & 75 are side by side, but at least they are in hailing distance.

So I cost myself some money, but now I can rest easy. And considering that a table seat wasn't available seven weeks before the travel will take place, I'm very happy to have taken care of this now so that we aren't sitting apart from each other. I'm hoping that this is the worst snag on our trip and that all goes smoothly from here!

Posted by
19169 posts

I assume you picked the open coach seating rather than a compartment.

First class seating is three across, with 1 seat on one side of the aisle and 2 seats on the other side. I think you will find that seat 71 is on the single seat side, and 73 and 75 are beside on the other side of the aisly. If it turns out that the aisle is between seats 73 and 75, you might be able to get the person in 71 to swap with 75.

Just found a map of seat numbers for an EC, here. Looks like there aren't many seats facing seats sets in any coach, but seats 73 & 75 are next to each other without facing seats.