How do I avoid trains with limited seating?

French Thalys trains and international TGV trains have a limited number of seats available for Eurail pass holders. We recommend that you make reservations for the high season (May-September) as early as possible.

If the train you want to take is fully booked for pass holders, these are your options:

  • Purchase a full fare train ticket and buy a pass with fewer travel days.

  • Search for an alternative route that avoids using a TGV or Thalys train.

To check availability for the trains, contact a booking center or visit a European railway station.

Read more about limited seating and alternative routes.

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