Guide to Eurail train reservations

Your Eurail Pass gives you access to most of Europe's trains, but it's good to know that some trains need to be reserved in advance. A reservation is a guaranteed seat on a specific train. The costs of a reservation are not included in your Pass. This guide tells you all about reservations, how to book them, and why you should reserve your seat in advance. Watch our helpful videos to find out everything you need to know about reservations.

Do I need a reservation?
Reservation fees
How do I book my reservations?

The video below will show you what a reservation is and why you may need one.

Traveling by train with a Eurail Pass is by far one of the easiest, most comfortable and exciting ways to discover Europe. Your Pass gives you access to most trains in Europe, but it’s good to know that some trains may need to be reserved in advance. For an additional fee, a reservation gives you a guaranteed seat on a train. Some trains can get busy, so if you want to be sure of a seat, a reservation is the perfect way to do this. For some trains in Europe, a reservation is mandatory, meaning you need it to board the train. This includes high-speed and night trains, and many trains in France, Italy & Spain. If you have any questions, we’re here to help.

Do I need a reservation?


Learn when you need to book a reservation for your trip. We explain how to use the timetable to find out if your train needs to be reserved. We also explain the different reservation types.

Find out if you need a reservation

Reservation fees


Find out the reservation fees for European trains. These fees differ per train and train type. For night trains, the fees depend upon your choice of sleeping accommodation.

Check train reservation fees

How do I book my reservations?


There are a number of ways you can book your reservations, depending on the trains you want to take and the amount of time you have until your trip starts.

If you're looking to book multiple trains, the Reservation Service is usually your best option. For a small booking fee, our rail experts will make your train reservations for you!

See all reservation options

Reservations FAQ

  • Are reservations included in my Pass? 

    No, reservations are not included in your Eurail Pass. Train reservations are required on most high-speed and all night trains. It's often possible to avoid reservations by taking regional trains instead.

    Read our reservation guide for more information or book your reservations with us.

  • Can I make my reservations when I get to Europe? 

    Most high-speed and night trains require a reservation well in advance. If you don't want to risk being without a seat or a bed, we recommend you book these trains before you go to Europe. You can read all about reservations in our helpful Reservation guide.

  • How far in advance can I make my reservations? 

    You can make reservations for most high-speed and night trains from 3 months in advance. Many of these trains get fully booked, so we advise you to make your reservations at least 2 months in advance.

    Check our specific train pages for more information.

  • Can the reservation tickets be emailed to me?  

    E-ticket reservations are only available for domestic day trains within Spain and Italy, and for day trains between Italy and Switzerland.

    All other reservation tickets are only available as paper documents, which we send to you by registered mail. It is not possible to print the tickets yourself or to have them mailed to you.

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