I just wanted to open the boards for any discussion on this topic. When I first started reading Rick Steves, and watching fun movies like Eurotrip, I was really excited to do the overnight train adventure. I thought it sounded kind of rugged and pirate; also, what a great way to save time for sight seeing, right?
Well, as much as I love Rick, and I really do, I'm a bit surprised he doesn't fully detail how much it really is to travel on trains overnight. I was under the impression that the Eurrail pass covered it. Then, I learned about supplements. OK, I said to myself, so you have to pay about $30 bucks more to reserve a spot. That's cool. Then, I learn that the actual sleeping compartment costs additional, on top of the supplement! All right, I said. Well, we'll just use that money that would have been needed for a B&B or hotel room and sleep on the train. But no! Sleeping on a train costs much more than sleeping in an room overnight. I was shocked to go through my schedule and learn that two overnight trains was going to cost me close to $350 pp! That's crazy.
So, I did the best with my schedule to minimize train trips that took more than 6 hours, (and I actually did a great job on that: all train trips, but one, are no more than 4.5 hours). No overnight trains for me, I guess. Too bad; I really wanted to enjoy that adventure, but I am truly a budget traveler, and that just doesn't fit my budget :)