Originally posted by GoKrazy@Jun 16 2005, 02:02 PM
First class is simply for people who want to travel a bit more comfortably.
Or for people over the age of 26 with a rail pass. If you're over 26 you HAVE TO (no exceptions) get first class, which sucks because the 2nd class passes are much cheaper. It doesn't stop anyone from actually sitting in 2nd class if they want, but hey, I'll take the bigger seat and less crowded train car. There are almost always far fewer people in first class, so one good thing is that you're more likely to get a seat on a busy train.
One thing you should know is that some trains require a reservation. The reservation fees are anywhere between 3 and 20 euros depending. For non-night trains, I paid average 3 to 6 euros. If you're taking a night train and want to sleep in a couchette, you'll pay approx 20 as a supplement.
Have a great time!!