I am in the process of planning a trip - Salzburg/Innsbruck/Verona and will be using the OBB train service. After visiting the website I am rather confused with the fares. It seems that, if I book an "open ticket" from Salzburg to Innsbruck it will cost 65.90 euro 1st class but if I book for a specific date and time it will only cost 19 euro. I'm a bit nervous about the latter in case of any unexpected problems and we can't make the train booked. I have read on other forum postings that you don't need to pre-book tickets and can just turn up and buy at the station, but would these prices be nearer the higher amount or the lower amount shown on the OBB website. Can anyone give me a rough idea of the prices charged at the station (1st class).
One more question....sorry...be patient with me....I have also read that booking your tickets in advance does not automatically guarantee you a seat. How does this work with 1st class. Surely you wouldn't be expected to stand after paying the higher price.
Any help would be appreciated.