Can I avoid trains with reservations?

It's good to remember that most European trains don't need a reservation at all. You can keep the costs of your trip down by traveling with regional trains, which will take you to every corner of Europe. Regional trains can also serve as an alternative for high-speed trains and night trains that are already fully booked.

How to find trains without reservations in the Eurail timetable
Avoiding reservations on French routes

The video below shows you how you can find trains that don't need a reservation.

If you're looking to save money or for more flexibility it's possible to plan a trip without reservations. In most cases this means traveling by regional train. While regional trains can sometimes be a bit slower and make more stops, they're modern, comfortable and a great way to discover smaller towns and villages. To find trains without reservations enter the journey details in the timetable, check the box ' avoid trains that require reservations'. If you have any questions, we're here to help!


Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to find trains that don't require a reservation.