Limited seats on French trains
With your Eurail pass you can easily travel on most regional trains within France. However, many French trains do need to be reserved in advance. It’s also good to know that the number of seats available for Eurail pass holders is limited on the following trains:
We highly recommend you reserve these trains as soon as possible. If you leave booking these reservations too late, there’s a big chance the allocation of seats to Eurail pass holders will be full. Reservations on the above trains can be made up to 3 months in advance, and in some cases 2 months.
How to find French trains that don’t require reservations
You may find that the train you want to take is fully booked for Eurail pass holders, or you may want to avoid having to pay the additional reservation fees. In these cases, we would advise you to plan your trip making use of regional trains that don’t require a reservation. Usually this means you need to change trains more often and that the journey will take longer, but it also gives you the chance to see more of the beautiful French countryside. It’s not always possible to avoid trains with reservations, but it’s always worth checking!
If the French train you want to take is full or if you prefer to avoid these trains, check out our suggested alternative routes for the 10 most popular routes with French trains.