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Travel to the extreme – between first class and an on-board bistro

Travel to the extreme – between first class and an on-board bistro

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Many people will be traveling by train again in the next few days. But what to do when the trains are overcrowded?

On Deutsche Bahn's long-distance trains, passengers can reserve a seat so that they can get from point A to point B in a comfortable way. But not everyone does that. If the train is overcrowded, passengers move to standing room or other seating areas. However, this represents a safety risk – in the worst-case scenario, i.e. if the train attendant cannot find a suitable seat for you, passengers will be asked to leave the train. Alternatively, can you sit in first class or at the bistro on board?

Crowded train: Can I sit in first class?

Just sitting in the aisle is not a good idea. In the worst case scenario, you have to get out. © Scientific Image Library/Imago

The train is crowded but there are still seats available in first class? This can happen, but that doesn't mean you have to feel comfortable out there alone. the gate Travel correspondent Reports suggest that in the worst-case scenario, you will have to expect a fine as it is a form of fare evasion. However, it may happen that first class is available to all passengers, in which case you can also use the seats there.

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Can I save a seat reservation using the onboard bistro?

For some train travellers, a visit to the on-board bistro is part of a long-distance journey. While some buy something there and take it back to their place, others enjoy coffee or soup right on site. Some may see this as an alternative to booking or searching for a seat and making yourself comfortable at the on-board bistro. But this is not the best alternative. Because the places available there are designated for those who want to eat and drink there. the picture Reports indicate that although there is no minimum consumption, train staff ask to be considerate of other guests as space is limited. What happens if train staff catch guests staying in the bistro on board the train for hours varies from case to case. “Here we trust our colleagues in in-flight catering to make the right decision in individual cases,” says a Deutsche Bahn spokeswoman. picture.