How do I book my reservations?

There are a number of ways to reserve your seats on European trains. The best way to do this depends on the type of train you’re taking, the amount of time you have before your trip, and whether you are already in Europe. Popular trains can easily get full, so book your seats as early as possible! You can make reservations with a not yet activated Eurail pass.

Read on to learn more about your options for making seat reservations:
Through our reservation service
By phone
E-tickets
At the train station

The video below shows you how you can make reservations for European trains. 

There are several ways you can make your reservations. You can visit a train station in Europe or contact a railway booking centre. Alternatively, if you bought your pass from Eurail.com you can take advantage of our handy reservation service. Once you've planned your trip just head to the reservation section of our website where you can fill in the details of each journey. Our experienced reservations team will take care of the rest. We recommend making reservations as early as possible. If you have any questions, we're here to help.

Eurail.com Reservation Service

 

Did you order your Eurail pass with us? If you did, you can make use of the Eurail.com Reservation Service. Our reservations team will do their best to get you on the train of your choice. Our reservation system allows us to reserve 95% of European trains.
 

  • Make reservations between 3 months and 8 business days before your train's departure

  • Delivered anywhere in the world by registered mail - for free

  • Reservations for domestic Italian trains are available as e-tickets. These can be requested up to 3 business days before your train's departure

  • There's no limit on how many trains you want to reserve
     

Book your reservations with us

By phone

 
  • Booking period: from 3 months to 1 week before departure

  • Delivered to you within 5 business days by post

 

The Deutsche Bahn Booking Center operated by the German railways, can make reservations for most of Europe’s trains. Here’s how it works: You can call the Deutsche Bahn booking center on: +49 1806 996 633 (open 24/7). When you call, you’ll hear a German menu. Select extension ‘9’ for an English menu, then ‘1’ for train information and bookings.

 

The reservation service is free and you only pay for the reservation fee per person, per train. The cost to deliver your reservations is 3.50 euros to all countries. You can also pick up your reservations at a larger German train station. Just take your order number to a ticket window or a self-service machine at the station.

 

Lines can be busy during evenings (CET) and at weekends so you may have to wait a while to get through. Mention that you will travel with a Eurail pass, so that you only pay the reservation fee and not the full fare. 
 

Please note that the DB Booking Center can't book any Thalys and TGV trains.

The following booking centers can also make reservations for most European high-speed trains and night trains:
 

Phone number: +43 5 1717 (open 24/7)
 

When calling, you'll hear a menu in German. Select extension "1" for train information and bookings. The booking center can deliver your reservations to any country you prefer, without charging you booking costs. The delivery cost is 5 euros. You can also pick up your reservations at large Austrian train stations. Just take your order number to a ticket office in the station.
 

This booking center can make reservations for the majority of European high-speed and night trains.

Phone number: +41 900 300 300 (open 24/7)
 

You will get a direct connection when calling this booking centre. The Swiss SBB booking centre can deliver your reservations to all European countries. Delivery costs are 8 Swiss francs (approx. 6.50 euros). This call centre may charge a booking fee. You can also pick up your reservations at main Swiss train stations. Just go to the ticket office with your order number.
 

This booking center can make reservations for the majority of European high-speed and night trains.

Phone number: +352 2489 2489 (open Monday-Friday from 7.00 to 19.00, except on national holidays)
 

When calling you'll hear a menu in German, French and English. Select extension "2" for bookings and train information. Your reservations can be delivered to any European country. If you pick up your reservations at Luxembourg's main train station, the booking cost is 5 euros. If your reservations are delivered to an adress, you'll have to pay a delivery cost of 7 euros. In the last case you don't have to pay the booking fee.
 

This booking center can make reservations for the majority of European high-speed and night trains.


Many other European countries have booking centers where you can make reservations for national trains. For instance, you can reserve a seat on a Spanish train by phone and pick up your reservation at a Spanish train station. For more information, go to our trains per country section and select the country you want to travel in.

E-tickets

 
  • Booking period: from 3 months to 1 week before departure

  • Print your reservation e-tickets straight away

 

The railway companies in several countries allow you to make your reservations online and then simply print them out as e-tickets. Below you can find out how to make reservations for the countries where this is possible:

 

 

At the train station

 
  • Booking period : from 3 months to 1 hour before departure

  • Receive your reservation tickets straight away

 

Another option is to make your reservations at the station when you get to Europe. We recommend reserving your trains as far in advance as you can (up to 90 days is possible).

 

At the station, you can make reservations at the international ticket desk, using a self-service machine or  at a Eurail aid office, depending on which services are offered in that station. You can pay by cash or credit card. In theory, you can reserve up to 1 hour before departure time, but of course, the later you leave it, the more chance the train will be full.

 

Keep in mind:

  • Popular trains may already be fully booked by the time you arrive in Europe. 

  • At train stations in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reservations for Eurail pass holders is not possible.

  • In Spain and Belgium, reservations can only be made for trains that arrive or depart in those countries. In some other countries you may find that it isn’t possible to make a reservation for another country.

  • Stations in some countries only allow you to make a limited number of reservations at a time, for example in the Netherlands a maximum of two is possible.

  • In some countries a booking fee is charged, for example stations in the Netherlands charge 10 Euros per booking, though in most countries the fee is less or free of charge. 

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