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Train tickets....Amsterdam to Prague on City Night Line

I am attempting to purchase 4 tickets on the City Night Line from Amsterdam to Prague for the date of 13 April 2014.....the 4 person couchette. For the past week the available fares and schedule on bahn.de has only gone as far as 11 April. Generally tickets are available for purchase within 90 days. Does anyone know if this is a website glitch or standard that they only release a block of availability or what might be the problem? I'm well aware that there is enough time to book these later....just curious as to what the issue could be. Thank you for any constructive answer!!

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CNL doesn't follow regular schedules. It is a special niche train whose schedule is not always uploaded like the rest of national trains.

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Booking via the Bahn, it is all there today. €236 cheapest fare for all 4 in a 4 person couchette Utrecht to Prague. The train doesn't leave from Amsterdam Centraal so an easy connection off NS would be good unless you want to go to the small Amsterdam station for the start.

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Thanks, Nigel.....but it only APPEARS to be loaded!! I tried booking it, which went smoothly, until I got to the "purchase" part. After clicking "purchase", it says 'no seats available'. I was using the Utrecht station for the outbound. From AMS Central, what I see is "IC, CNL" which is fine, except it won't let me even book it. I'm clicking "USA" for country of residence.....are there different sites for different countries? The owner of the apartment we are renting in AMS said there was construction on the rails and that may be why. But I'm wondering if the service has been cancelled for that date, and am unclear as how to find out. If we can't do the CNL, we will resort to EasyJet, which none of us would prefer.

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Andre, is there another website that I should be looking at for the CNL? Or another way to book it? It is loaded in for the previous days, and the following days (showing a direct CNL from AMS Centraal before the 12th and after the 13th), but I didn't try to book any other day...we need to travel on the evening of 13 April.

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Thank you, Michael.....the website you provided still takes me to the bahn.de site with the same results....."no seats available" when I enter "purchase" using Utrecht as the outbound destination. And from Amsterdam, it says "can not be booked on the website". Seems to be only for the date of April 12 and 13, too. The other dates list the direct CNL from Amsterdam, but I didn't try to purchase them since we need to depart AMS on April 13. So not sure if the same issue results from "purchase" for the other dates, just know that they show them differently.

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I gave you the citynight line link so you could download the timetable PDF booklet. In any event I went to the DB site and from what I'm seeing, on April 13 the City Nightline train to Prague starts it's journey from the Amsterdam Arena station (which is in the outskirts of the city), not Centraal for reasons unknown. I did dummy bookings for both Utrecht and Amsterdam Arena for four people in a couchette via the DB site and it took me all the way to the page where you enter your credit card details. So I didn't have any difficulties making a reservation????

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Yes, I know, Michael.....went to the site you posted...it took me to the Bahn site. And, yes, you can do the reservation all the way through to where you enter the credit card. Actually all the way past that, too,.....until you hit "purchase", then the response is "no seats available". I did all that....have done several times over several days. Also there is an icon by the schedule, that says "not bookable by internet". Only on April 12 and 13, though. I emailed bahn.de and received an answer......there is construction on the tracks, they don't know when it will be bookable, keep trying. So I will do all that for another month......if no success by then, I will reluctantly book EasyJet to Prague!! But thanks for checking on this for me.

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Donna-as someone that has done the very same trip, I cannot say I really recommend it. It sounds WAY more exotic than it actually was. In hindsight we had wished we had just gone ahead and flown Easy Jet.