We are buying tickets on the night train from Prague to Budapest in September, 2013. The site mentions that we will need to purchase reservations at the train station in Europe. Will we be in jeopardy of not being able to reserve the seats we are now buying if we try to purchase the reservations in Prague 5 days prior to the trip to Budapest?
BUMP Do you really want to spend 8 hours on a sleeper? Do you really think you will sleep? You really should spend a night in Vienna. At the very least this bumps you up where maybe you will get a good answer. Good Luck.
I have to agree with James. Everyone who has reported back here about night trains in Europe has said "never again." They are noisy (train whistles all night longs), make many stops and starts, and if you want a private compartment, you won't save money over a hotel. Vienna is lovely. You might even get a great deal on a 4/5-star hotel (for around $100-125) on priceline.com.
Anne, Are you sure you want to take the night train? While I am certainly not adverse to taking night trains, I am picky on the specific train. What I don't like here is that this night train arrives before 0500. You can take the day route which is also direct. The only possible problem is that if you're taking the night train on a week-end, the possibility of it selling out is greater.