We’ve a new and improved southerly route from Hamburg, Austria makes it in with a stop at Vienna, but at the cost of Prague, and the drive through of Bratislava. We’ve a shorter stop at Budapest, but still over 4 hours, and we get Bucharest and far less duplicated track, i.e on the whole more convex, more mileage, and same number of capitals. We also loose the short stop in Sofia,
I am currently battling through the sleeper supplements, it’s a complete minefield with 20 odd operators to deal with. We’ve got a hit of £48 for the oslo trondheim train, such is Norway. They are 2 berth cabins though. The quotes I’ve got from Rail Europe are a joke, I suspect we’ll be able to get the Italian ones down a few quid, but the full ticket price, including all the calculable extras, is looking at not a lot short of £1,000.