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A seat numbering plan shows you where your seat is located in the carriage.  Seat & berth numbers are often not consecutive, for example 21 & 25 are an upper & lower berth in the same 2-bed sleeper.

 

To find a seat plan for your train...

Seat Guru for trains?  Maybe not quite yet!  But on this page you'll find links to train seating plans, showing the layout and numbering of seats & sleeping berths in specific types of train and carriage for the key countries in Europe.  Keeping all the links working is difficult, so please report any dead links, or any new train seat plans.

Click the country where your train journey starts:

UK

 

Belgium

 

Germany

 

Switzerland

France

 

Netherlands

 

Austria

 

Spain

Italy

 

Sweden

 

Denmark

 

Slovakia

Czech Rep.

 

Poland, Hungary & Balkans

Train formations & car numbering...

You'll often find train formation plans posted in glass cases on station platforms so that you know where on the platform to stand to board your particular car.  These show the train make-up with carriage sequence and carriage numbering for specific train departures, listed by train number. Unfortunately, train operators don't usually provide this information online, but there are a couple of useful private sites that show this information, often with photos of what the cars look like:

Can I book a specific seat?

When booking online, a few operators allow you to book a specific seat from a graphic numbered seating plan if you book directly on their own website - such operators include Eurostar at www.eurostar.com (only after payment, using the 'manage a booking' link), German Railways at www.bahn.de (but only for German domestic journeys on German IC or ICE trains), Swedish Railways at www.sj.se, Spanish railways at www.renfe.com (but only for Spanish domestic journeys and only if you buy a Promo+ fare or higher) and a few others.  But these tend to be the exceptions, it's only for their own trains in their own country, and if you buy from a third party site you won't get that functionality, it's only if you book with the operator directly at their own site.  Most other booking sites only let you choose 'aisle' or 'window'.  If you want to book a specific seat on any other train, you'll need to book by phone, preferably with an agency that uses the relevant country's own reservation system.  For example, if you call UK Voyages-SNCF (in the UK) or Rail Europe (in the USA or Canada), these agencies are subsidiaries of French Railways, they use the French Railways reservation & ticketing system and can easily book a specific seat on a French TGV.  But they can usually only select basic options such as 'aisle' or 'window' when booking a German or Italian or Spanish train.  Conversely, the German Railways UK office obviously uses the German reservation and ticketing system, they can easily book you a specific seat or type of seat on a German ICE, but can only access basic options such as 'aisle' or 'window' on Eurostar or on a French or Italian train.  There's a list of UK booking agencies here, if you really want to book a specific seat then try calling an agency with the most relevant reservation system.  Also worth knowing is that when booking French trains online, uk.voyages-sncf.com only offers you basic 'aisle' or 'window' options, whereas the French Railways website www.trainline.eu offers many more additional options such as 'duo face to face' (table for 2, also known as Club Duo) or 'club four' (table for 4, also known as Club Quatre) in 1st class, 'carré' (table for 4) in 2nd class, forward-facing seats on those routes that are enabled for this, and 'salle haut' (top deck) & 'salle basse' (bottom deck) on a double-deck TGV Duplex.  I definitely recommend the top deck on a TGV Duplex to anyone without severe mobility problems!

Are we booked in the same sleeper compartment?

Berth numbering in sleepers and couchettes often causes confusion.  People with berth numbers 21 & 25 wonder if they're really together in the same 2-bed sleeper, when yes they are!  Look at the 'generic' sleeping-car numbering plan below, or search for the specific sleeper train you're booked on in the list below, based on the country in which your journey starts.  Adjacent compartments may have a communicating door when people travelling together occupy both compartments, for example 11/13/15 will often have a door through to 12/14/16, 21/23/25 will have a door to 22/24/26 and so on.

Typical sleeper numbering plan.  When used as a 2-berth, only the top & bottom berth numbers are used, for example 21 & 25.

Typical couchette numbering plan.  When used as 4-berth, only the top & bottom berth numbers are usually used, for example 21, 22, 25 & 26.

Saloon or compartment seating?

Some trains have seats in open-plan saloons, indeed most modern trains have this sort of seating.  Some trains, often older ones and often in eastern Europe, have seats in traditional 6-seater compartments with a side corridor running the length of the car.  There are sliding (but non-lockable) doors to each compartment.  Very occasionally you'll find both sorts of seating on one train, and some booking systems (such as the German Railways site bahn.de or Austrian site oebb.at) will ask you which you prefer.  Unless you're in a group of 5 or 6 people, most travellers prefer open-plan saloon seating, which also gives you a better view out as you can view diagonally forwards and backwards through all the coach windows, not just directly sideways through your own window.

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List of train seat numbering plans, country by country...

UK

Train:

Routes operated:

Seat plan:

More information:

Eurostar

London to Paris

London to Brussels

See seat plan info here

More info about Eurostar

Virgin Trains

(West Coast)

Pendolino trains:  London to Birmingham, Crewe, Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle, Glasgow

The 1st class cars on Pendolinos are normally at the London/southern end of the train.

Voyager trains operate London to Chester & Holyhead (for Dublin)

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Virgin Trains

(East Coast)

London - Leeds - York - Newcastle - Edinburgh - Dundee - Aberdeen, Inverness.

The 1st class cars on IC225 & IC125 trains are normally at the London/southern end of the train

Anything going north of Edinburgh must be diesel.

IC225 electric trains:

click for seating plan

IC125 (HST) diesel trains

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

First Great Western

London-Bristol/Cardiff/Swansea, high-density

London-Exeter/Plymouth/Penzance, low-density

The 1st class cars on FGW long-distance trains are normally at the London/eastern end of the train

click for seating plan

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

East Midlands Trains

London-Derby/Nottingham-Sheffield

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Arriva Cross Country

Plymouth-Bristol-Birmingham-Leeds-Newcastle, Bournemouth-Birmingham-Manchester etc.

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Arriva Trains Wales

Crewe-Chester-Holyhead & others.

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Hull Trains

London-Hull

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Trans-Pennine Express

Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-Newcastle.

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Scotrail

Caledonian Sleepers.  Trains within Scotland.

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Grand Central

London - York - Sunderland

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains

Other trains

All other routes

non available

More info about UK trains

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France

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

TGV Réseau

Lille to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Montpelier

(a few services now use TGV Duplex)

click for seating plan

More info about TGV

TGV Med

Paris-Lyon-Marseille-Nice

(although most services are now TGV Duplex)

click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

More info about TGV

TGV Duplex

Paris-Lyon-Marseille-Nice (a few are still TGV Med)

A few Lille-Lyon-Marseille TGVs are Duplex

1st & 2nd generation Duplex:

click for seating plan

3rd generation EuroDuplex:

click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

TGV Duplex with Océane interior:

No plan yet found.

More info about TGV

Video guide

TGV Atlantique

All Paris-Nantes, Rennes, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Lourdes, Hendaye, Irun TGVs

click for seating plan

More info about TGV

TGV Est

Paris-Reims, Nancy, Metz, Strasbourg TGVs

click for seating plan

More info about TGV

Intercités de jour (Téoz)

Paris-Limoges-Toulouse, Bordeaux-Toulouse-Marseille-Nice

click for seating plan

Alternative seat plan

More info about Téoz

Intercités de Nuit (Lunéa)

French domestic overnight trains

couchette car berth plan

More info about French night trains

International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

Eurostar

Paris to London

See seat plan info here

More info about Eurostar

Thalys

Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne

click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

Alternative seat plan

More info about Thalys

ICE 3

Paris to Frankfurt (most)

click for seating plan

Alternative plan (ICE3M)

Some or all services on this route are now worked by the new class 407 ICE3, click for seat plan.

More info about ICE

TGV

Paris to Luxembourg (Lacroix)

click for seating plan

More info about TGV

TGV-Lyria

Paris to Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich

TGV Duplex (most Paris-Geneva, some Paris-Basel-Zurich):

click for seating plan

TGV single-deck (Lacroix):

Click for seating plan

More info about Lyria

TGV Duplex

Paris-Barcelona

Paris-Zurich (some), Paris-Geneva (most), Paris-Stuttgart-Munich (all), Paris-Frankfurt (some)

click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

More info about TGV

Video guide

 

TGV Paris-Milan

Paris - Turin - Milan  (Lacroix interior)

click for seating plan

More info about Paris-Turin-Milan TGVs

Video guide

Thello sleeper trains

Paris - Milan- Venice sleeper

click for seating plan

More info about Thello

Video guide

AVE S100 (TGV)

Lyon/Toulouse/Marseille - Barcelona

Shown as TGV, in fact a Spanish S100

click for seating plan

More info about Thello

Video guide

All French trains are now non-smoking, even though older seat plans may refer to 'smoking' cars.

Car number greater than 10?  When two TGV units run coupled together, cars in the first set are numbered 1-8, the second 11-18.  So car 18 is the same as car 8 on the seating plan.

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Belgium

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

No seating plans available.  All Belgian domestic trains are of the hop on and find a free seat variety, seat reservation not necessary or possible.

International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

Eurostar

Brussels to London

See seat plan info here

More info about Eurostar

Thalys

Brussels to Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne

click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

Alternative seat plan

More info about Thalys

ICE 3

Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt

click for seating plan

More info about ICE

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Netherlands

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

No seat numbering plans available.  All Dutch domestic trains are of the hop on and find a free seat variety, seat reservation not necessary or possible.

International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

Thalys

Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris

click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

Alternative seat plan

More info about Thalys

ICE 3

Amsterdam - Cologne - Frankfurt

(Note:  Cars have been renumbered, e.g. car 28 is now car 29, however, plan reflects old car numbers until new plan can be sourced)

click for seating plan

More info about ICE

German InterCity (IC)

Amsterdam - Hannover - Berlin

click for seating plan

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Switzerland

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

No seating plans available for general Swiss train.  Most Swiss domestic trains are of the hop on and find a free seat variety, seat reservation not necessary or possible.

Glacier Express

Zermatt - Brig - Chur - St Moritz

click for seating plan

More info on Glacier Express

International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

TGV-Lyria to Paris

Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich to Paris

TGV Duplex (most Paris-Geneva, some Paris-Basel-Zurich):

click for seating plan

TGV single-deck (Lacroix):

Click for seating plan

More info about Lyria

ICE 1 to Germany

Switzerland - Germany

click for seating plan

Alternative plan

More info about ICE

ICE 2 to Germany

Switzerland - Germany

click for seating plan

Alternative plan

More info about ICE

ICE 3 to Germany

Switzerland - Germany

click for seating plan

Alternative plan

More info about ICE

Nightjet sleeper trains

Zurich - Vienna

Zurich & Basel - Berlin & Hamburg

Double-deck sleeping-car

Couchette car

More info about Nightjet trains

EuroNight sleeper train

Zurich - Prague

Comfortline sleeping car - this is a Czech CD-owned one.

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Switzerland - Milan EuroCity trains

(ETR610)

Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Lausanne to Milan

click for seating plan

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Swiss-Austria-Hungary Railjet

Zurich-Innsbruck-Salzburg-Vienna-Budapest

click for seating plan

More info about Railjet

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Italy

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR400)

Turin-Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples 186mph+ high-speed trains.  Trains with 4 classes, Standard, Premium, Business & Executive.

none available

More info about Frecciarossa 1000

Frecciarossa 500 (ETR500)

Turin-Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples 175mph high-speed trains.  Trains with 4 classes, Standard, Premium, Business & Executive.

ETR500 Frecciarossa

More info about Frecciarossa 500

The grey bars between seats are tables...

Frecciargento (ETR485, ETR610)

Various including Venice-Florence-Rome, Rome-Bari.  125mph tilting trains.

ETR600

ETR610

ETR485

More info about Frecciargento

Some trains use ETR485, some ETR610, some ETR600.

The grey bars between seats are tables...

Frecciabianca

Various including Milan-Verona-Venice, Milan-Bologna-Bari-Brindisi, Rome-Pisa-Genoa. 125mph trains.

none available

More info about Frecciabianca

InterCity trains

Various including Rome-Sicily, Milan-Genoa

click for seating plan

More info about InterCity trains

InterCity Notte

Various including Rome-Sicily, Milan-Naples, Milan-Sicily.

See above

More info about Italian night trains

Italo trains

Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples

Venice-Florence-Rome

click for seating plan

More info about Italo

International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

TGV Milan-Turin-Paris

Milan-Turin-Paris (Lacroix interior)

click for seating plan

More info about Paris-Italy TGV

Thello sleeper train

Venice, Verona, Milan to Paris sleeper train

click for seating plan

More info about Thello

Milan-Switzerland EuroCity trains

(ETR610)

Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Lausanne to Milan

click for seating plan

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Nightjet sleeper trains

Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan to Salzburg, Munich, Vienna

Comfortline sleeping car

Couchette car

More info about Nightjet trains

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Spain

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

AVE  (S100 TGV-based)

Madrid-Cordoba-Seville high-speed trains

click for seating plan

More info about AVE

AVE  (S102/S112 Talgo-based)

Some Madrid-Malaga high-speed trains (usually S102)

Barcelona - Malaga/Seville (S112)

click for seating plan

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AVE  (S103 ICE-based)

Madrid-Barcelona, some Madrid-Malaga trains

click for seating plan (Malaga)

click for seating plan (Barcelona)

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Alvia S120

Madrid-Logrono, Bilbao, Irun/Hendaye and others

click for seating plan

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Alvia S130

Madrid-Bilbao, Irun, Alicante and others

click for seating plan

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Altaria

Madrid-Granada, Algeciras and others

none available

More info on Altaria

You can find seat numbering plans for Spanish trains at the Spanish Railways website, www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/nuestros_trenes/index.html.

International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

TGV Duplex

Barcelona to Paris high-speed trains.

click for seating plan

Video guide

AVE S100 (TGV)

Barcelona to Lyon/Toulouse/Marseille

Shown as TGV, in fact a Spanish S100 AVE

click for seating plan

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Germany

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

ICE 1

Various

click for seating plan

Alternative plan

More info about ICE

ICE 2

Various, including Cologne - Hanover - Berlin

click for seating plan

Alternative plan

More info about ICE

ICE 3

Various

click for seating plan - class 406

Alternative plan

click for seating plan - class 407

More info about ICE

ICE-T

Various

click for seating plan

Alternative plan

More info about ICE

InterCity (IC) trains

Various

click for seating plan - classic IC

click for seat plan - IC2 double-decker

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Nightjet sleeper trains

Dusseldorf & Cologne - Munich

Hamburg - Munich

Comfortline sleeping car

Couchette car

More info about Nightjet trains

International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

Thalys to Brussels & Paris

Cologne - Brussels-Paris

click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

More info about Thalys

ICE 3 to Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam

Frankfurt - Paris

Frankfurt - Cologne - Brussels

Frankfurt - cologne - Amsterdam

click for seating plan (ICE3m = class 406)

Services on the Frankfurt-Mannheim-Paris route are now worked by the new class 407 ICE3, click for seat plan.

More info about ICE

ICE-T to Vienna

Frankfurt-Nuremberg-Vienna (7 car)

click for seating plan (ICE-T 7-car)

More info about ICE

ICE-T to Copenhagen (when shown as ICE)

Copenhagen-Hamburg (one or two departures, other trains marked EC are Danish IC3)

click for seat plan (ICE T 5-car)

ice page

IC3 to Copenhagen (shown as EC)

Copenhagen-Hamburg (few)

click & scroll down for seat plan

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ICE-T to Copenhagen

Hamburg-Copenhagen (5 car)

click for seat plan (ICE T 5-car)

ice page

InterCity (IC) to Amsterdam

Berlin-Hanover-Amsterdam

click for seating plan

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TGV Duplex to Paris

Munich - Stuttgart - Paris

click for seating plan

More info about TGV

Railjet

Munich - Vienna - Budapest

click for seating plan

More info about Railjet

Berlin-Warszawa Express

Berlin - Warsaw

Go to www.vagonweb.cz, click UK flag, click composition, select EIC against Poland & locate your train.  Click the plan logo under each car.

More info about the Berlin-Warsaw Express

EuroCity Berlin-Prague

Hamburg-Berlin-Prague

click for seating plan

More info about Berlin-Prague trains

Nightjet sleeper trains

Hamburg & Berlin to Basel & Zurich

Double-deck sleeping-car

Couchette car

More info about Nightjet trains

Nightjet sleeper trains

Dusseldorf & Cologne - Innsbruck or Vienna

Hamburg - Innsbruck or Vienna

Comfortline sleeping car

Couchette car

More info about Nightjet trains

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Austria

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

Railjet

Vienna - Salzburg - Innsbruck

Vienna - Graz

click for seating plan

More info on Railjet

InterCity trains

Vienna - Salzburg - Innsbruck

Vienna - Klagenfurt - Graz

none available

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International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

Railjet

Vienna - Salzburg - Innsbruck - Zurich.

Vienna - Salzburg - Munich

Vienna - Budapest

click for seating plan

More info on Railjet

Railjet

Graz - Vienna - Prague

Some departures use Austrian ÖBB red railjets, others Czech CD blue railjets.  To check which operates your train, go to www.vagonweb.cz, select UK flag for English, select composition, then select RJ against either Czech Republic or Austria.

click for seating plan for ÖBB Railjet

click for seating plan for CD Railjet

More info on Railjet

ICE 1 to Germany

Vienna - Germany

click for seating plan

More info about ICE

ICE 2 to Germany

Vienna - Germany

click for seating plan

More info about ICE

ICE 3 to Germany

Vienna - Germany

click for seating plan

More info about ICE

ICE-T to Germany

Vienna - Nuremberg - Frankfurt (7-car)

click for seating plan

More info about ICE

Nightjet sleeper trains

Vienna - Zurich

Double-deck sleeping-car

Couchette car

More info about Nightjet trains

Nightjet sleeper trains

Innsbruck or Vienna to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg.

Vienna - Venice

Vienna - Florence - Rome

Salzburg - Florence - Rome

Comfortline sleeping car

Couchette car

More info about Nightjet trains

You can also find useful information about the composition of international trains to or from Austria at www.vagonweb.cz/razeni.

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Denmark

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

IC3

Various

click & scroll down for seat plan

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IC4

Various

n/a

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International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

X2000

Copenhagen-Stockholm

click for seating plan

X2000 page

ICE-T (shown as ICE)

Copenhagen-Hamburg (most)

click for seat plan (ICE T 5-car)

ice page

IC3 (shown as EC)

Copenhagen-Hamburg (few)

click & scroll down for seat plan

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Sweden

Domestic trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

X2000

Stockholm - Gothenburg

Stockholm - Malmo

click for seating plan

More info about X2000

SJ3000 (X55 Regina)

Various, e.g. Stockholm-Sundsvall

click for seating plan

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International trains:

Routes operated:

Seating plan:

More information:

X2000

Stockholm - Copenhagen

Stockholm - Oslo

click for seating plan

X2000 page

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Czech Republic, Slovakia

You can check train compositions for domestic and international trains to, from or within the Czech Republic and Slovakia at www.zelpage.cz/razeni.  You can search by train number (enter it in the box at the top) or click on a train category (for example, EuroNight or EuroCity) to see a list of trains.  When you get to the train composition page, click on a carriage for specific carriage information, including a seat or berth numbering plan if they have one.

You can also find information about the composition of international trains to or from Prague or Bratislava at www.vagonweb.cz/razeni.

 

EuroCity Prague-Berlin

Prague-Dresden-Berlin

click for seating plan

More info about Prague-Berlin trains

EuroCity Prague-Budapest

Prague-Bratislava-Budapest

click for seating plan

More info about Prague-Budapest trains

Railjet Prague-Vienna

Prague - Vienna - Graz

Some departures use Austrian ÖBB red railjets, others Czech CD blue railjets.  To check which operates your train, go to www.vagonweb.cz, select UK flag for English, select composition, then select RJ against either Czech Republic or Austria.

click for seating plan for ÖBB Railjet

click for seating plan for CD Railjet

More info on Railjet

EuroNight sleeper train

Prague - Zurich

Comfortline sleeping car - this is a Czech CD-owned one.

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EuroNight sleeper train

Prague - Budapest

Comfortline sleeping car - this is a Czech CD-owned one.

Couchette car

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Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia...

You can also find useful information about the composition of trains to or from Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia at www.vagonweb.cz/razeni.

Switch it to English by clicking the UK flag.  Click composition then select the type of train against the relevant country.  When you see the train formation, click on the camera logo under each car for photos.  You may also see a seat plan logo, click for the seating plan.


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