Early planning -- we are party of 6 (May 2023). After visiting Budapest, we will be traveling to Vienna. I've read up a bit on Seat 61. I will probably purchase on Mav (https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en) unless you recommend to do otherwise. I went onto the website and thought I would test the booking process. I tried a variety of bogus dates (January-February-March) thinking availability for May2023 would not be available until 90 days prior. It seems to have trouble when I try to make a reservation for 6 adults any day I try. If I try to reserve 4 or 5, I can get some dates. 3 or less all available.
Question 1--I'm guessing it is an inventory issue and not that it cannot handle 6 passengers in 1 booking. Has anyone else run into this?
Question 2--Regarding reserving seats, I was hoping pick my own -- given we are 6 and would like to sit together. It doesn't seem to allow me to select the seats myself -- is that correct? I can select preferences around seating (cabin wagon--seats facing each other with table in middle, etc.). However, I can never seem to 'see' the seat map at all to choose, and am guessing I will only get seat assignments confirmed (sight unseen) when the booking is complete. Does anyone know or have experience with selecting seats on the train?