I am currently planning a Europe trip with my friends and we were planning an overnight trip with City Night Line from Cologne to Munich. Our date of travel is on May 28th (Overnight) and arrive at Munich on the 29th.
Without too much information, we booked our ticket (4x of Economy Double) through Rail Europe's website for $1218 Canadian dollar..
As we progress, we stumbled upon the DB BAHN website and was in total shock to find the exact same trip costing at the rate of 469 Euro (roughly $717 Canadian dollars); furthermore, they actually have the 4 couchette which wasn't offered on Rail Europe.
Obviously at this point, people started asking why there is such a price difference when comparing to $1218 (Rail Europe) VS $717 (DB Bahn's site).
So few questions here:
1) For anyone who has used Rail Europe - can I still refund those tickets? It doesn't make sense for such price difference. My friend all agreed if the site do suggest 90% refund; even with a total refund + new ticket purchase on DB Bahn would still be cheaper.
2) By looking at DB Bahn's website, we have encounter 2 mini stopper:
a) The train is subjected to compulsory reservation
b) While I test booking it, the whole booking process doesn't allow me to do any reservation. I went back onto the front and ticked reserve a seat only and I was stopped with the statement - reservation impossible.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.