Do I need a reservation?

When traveling with a Eurail Pass, it’s good to know which trains need to be reserved in advance. As a general rule, reservations are required for all European night trains and most of the high-speed trains. In popular countries like France, Spain, and Italy, most Eurail travelers make a seat reservation at least once.

Types of trains that need a reservation
How to check if a train needs a reservation
Types of seat reservations

The video below shows you how to find out whether or not your train requires a reservation.

If you’re planning your Eurail trip and want to find out if you need a reservation, just head to our timetable and it will show you whether you need one or not. On some trains, a reservation is mandatory. Other reservations are optional. But if you really want to make sure you have a seat or would like to sit together with a group of friends, it’s a good idea to make one. And lastly, some trains, usually regional trains, don’t need a reservation at all. Just hop on and enjoy the journey. If you have any questions, we’re here to help.

Read on if you'd like to learn more about trains that need a reservation.