Travel in comfort
During your Eurail trip, you can hop on and hop off most local and regional trains. If you plan to take a high-speed or night train, you may need to buy a compulsory reservation in addition to your Eurail pass. This will depend on the countries you travel in and the type of train you take. This reservation guarantees you a seat or sleeping accommodation on the train.
Compulsory train seat reservations
Most high-speed and night trains require a compulsory reservation. These reservations can help make sure you get a comfortable and stress-free journey. Here are some of the benefits to making reservations:
- Be sure of a seat on a busy train, especially during the peak season (May-September and during European school vacations) when trains can get pretty packed.
- Sit together – if you’re traveling in a group.
You'll need a reservation for:
- sleeping accommodation on most night trains.
- most high-speed trains, including those in France, Italy and Spain.
To find out if you may need a reservation, check the Eurail timetable for this symbol:
Check when to make reservations.
Make your reservations:
- at a ticket desk or self-service machine in local train stations.
- by phone through a booking center.
- online direct with a railway company.
Find out how to make reservations.
Seat reservations in France
Please note that the number of seats available for Eurail pass holders is limited on the following high-speed trains in France:
- TGV: all domestic and international routes.
- Thalys: on all routes between France and the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
- InterCité trains: on some routes that require reservations.
- ICE: Paris – Frankfurt route only.
We recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible, ideally 2 months in advance. To check availability for the train, contact a booking center or visit a European railway station.
If a train is fully booked for pass holders you can:
- check our alternative routes.
- buy a full-fare ticket (if this is the only train you take that day it saves you a travel day).