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. 

You need to book your reservations in advance, which can be done 3 months in advance (in some cases 2 months). The sooner you book, the more chance you have of getting a seat. If you leave booking your reservations until the start of your trip, there's a good chance that the train you want will be full.

This guide explains everything you need to know about making reservations on your Eurail trip.

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.

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How do I book my reservations?


There are a number of ways to book your reservations for your Eurail trip, depending on train type, the amount of time until your trip starts, and whether you're already in Europe.

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Can I avoid trains with reservations?


If you want to avoid extra costs or the train you want to reserve is full, you can often look up alternative ways to reach your destination, with trains that don't need to be reserved.

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Important: Reservations on French trains


Limited seats on French trains

On most French trains there's a limited number of seats available for Eurail pass holders to reserve. Make your reservations for these trains as soon as possible. If you wait until you arrive in Europe, these trains will be full.

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Alternative routes for French trains

If you want to travel on a French train with limited seats, but find that it's full, or if you want to simply avoid these trains, there's often an alternative way to make your journey. We've come up with alternative routes between popular destinations.

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Reservation options and fees


Reservations fees

View the reservation fees for domestic, international and night trains. Night train fees are for the choice of seat or sleeping accommodation you choose.

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Seat and sleeping accommodation types

The fee for your reservation will depend on the type of seat or sleeping accommodation choice you make. Find out about the different options you have.

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