We, a family of 4, from US will be traveling to Central Europe this June and looking to buy Prague to Vienna train ticket on-line. From reading some of the posts here, I understand I can buy it from https://www.cd.cz/eshop. I checked out the website and found the tickets for CZK500 each and there is no discount for children. So the total is about CZK2000 for all 4. It is still far better than buying from Rail Europe where the same tickets were quoted for $325 in 2nd class and $472 for 1st class. Using today's exchange rate of CZK19.64/US$, Rail Europe is a whopping 3.2 times more expensive!! I found that the difference is even more outrageous for Vienna-Budapest tickets and posted it on the Vienna forum. However, I have couple of questions to the forum here for buying tickets from the Czech website:
(1) Is it true that I can not buy 1st class ticket on-line? What is the option for buying 1st class ticket? How much should it cost? Is it worth the extra expense?
(2) The website gives you an option of reserving the seats for an extra CZK307. I would have taken this option except that they also give you this warning: "On the train EC 173 Vindobona the reserved seats may not be adjacent because the reservations are created by a foreign reservation system." Given that, is it necessary to reserve the seats?
(3) The tickets must be printed on A4 size paper which is very similar to the Letter size that is widely used in US but not quite the same. Can anyone tell me if a ticket printed on U.S. Letter size paper will be accepted as valid or not? The other option is to collect the tickets at the station but they will charge CZK50 for each ticket.
Any other tips or suggestion regarding buying this ticket would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.