May 17, 2013 - 2:07 AM
1) Now is about the time to do so.
2) You can find the resellers here. In your case this page and this one offer ordering from the US. Both are trusted sites from Rail Europe. At the first site, you can pay in USD and shipping is free. They'll offer you Pass Protection (which covers lost passes, theft) but that's only optional. The Global Pass is now $75 off but I believe you were looking into a 3-country pass, right?
3) In Switzerland, you don't need seat reservations, except for trains to/from other countries and a few panoramic trains. Long distance trains in other countries often do require reservations. In that case you can book whenever you want, varying from ordering along with the pass to just before boarding. However, the later you do it, the bigger the chance that there are no seats left, or not the seats that you prefer. More information is here.
4) No, you're entitled to a 1st class seat. Night trains mostly require reservations. While booking, you would decide whether you want a seat (small fee), a multiple sleeper compartment or a private sleeper compartment (most expensive option).
Enjoy the traveling!
Last modified on Oct 27, 2017 - 5:10 PM by Arno