I am responsible for buying train tickets for a group of 14 people.
I have read everything I can find on purchasing train tickets Budapest - Salzburg (July 17, 2018) and have successfully navigated the MAV site for 6 of their discount tickets for the 11:40 Railjet #64, 2nd class to Munich (and we'll get off in Salzburg).
I still need 8 tickets. I know the discount tickets are gone or they would show up. But I cannot find ANY tickets at any price available on the MAV site for this train. Not 1st class, not with a return, --- only on a different train.
I read that tickets will definitely be available once we get to Budapest. And if it was just my husband and me, I would chance it without worrying. But it makes me nervous to be responsible for a group and not have a ticket code ready to go.
Since I know I will have to pay more for tickets, can I actually buy them on the Austrian or German sites? I can see them there at 60 euro.
It also looks like I can buy five tickets (since I am limited to 5 at a time, that is as much as I can check on) Budapest - Vienna at 19 euro. Then I can go to OBB and buy Vienna-Salzburg at 19 euro (don't know how many - haven't followed this up yet and I would still need seat reservation on this portion). Is this workable or crazy? It would definitely be a savings over 60 euro/each.
I know lots of people will say not to worry - or change plans, etc. But with group schedule constraints, we prefer to travel together and be on this particular Railjet train.
Having 14 people is my worry - and I can't look at standing room for them. Advice on the process would be wonderful!