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Domestic train reservation fees per country

 

This is an overview of seat reservation fees for domestic trains in Europe. We'll show you when a reservation is mandatory, recommended or optional.
 

You can make your reservations through our Reservation Service.

tip-image Please note that the reservation fees given on this page are indicative only and are subject to change. Prices may be different when you book your reservations through an agent or when you pay in the local currency.

 

 

Popular domestic routes

Train route

Country

Train name

Reservations

Reservation fee

Rome - FlorenceItalyLe Frecce (FR)Mandatory10 euros
Barcelona - MadridSpainAVEMandatory10 euros / 23.50 euros
Paris - NiceFranceTGVMandatory10 euros / 20 euros
Berlin - HamburgGermanyICEOptional6 euros
Ventimiglia - MilanItalyICRecommended3 euros

 

Reservation fees for domestic trains
Austria
 

ÖBB Railjet trains

Reservation optional.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €3.50 (excl online reservation fee of €3)

 

WESTbahn trains

1st class pass holders can upgrade to PLUS service. 

  • 1st class: €13.90
  • 2nd class: €5

Upgrade can only be booked on the train.

 

1st class fee depends on the travelled distance. Updgrading to WESTbahn PLUS for a fee of €9,90 offers you high level of service quality, a second seat for comfort, a welcoming gift, a free of charge daily newspaper, guaranteed service at your seat.

Belgium
 

Trains to/from Brussels Airport

Supplement only for passengers who start or end their journey at Brussels Airport (there's no need to buy a supplement if you're just passing through or changing trains). You can buy the "Diabolo" supplement in Belgium stations from the NMBS/SNCB ticket offices or machines, in the Rail Planner app or online at www.belgianrail.be.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €5.70
Bosnia-Herzegovina

ZFBH Trains

Free WiFi, drinks available in buffet wagon

  • 1st & 2nd class: €0.50

 

Bulgaria
 

Express (Ekspresen) trains

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st & 2nd class: €0.30 (0.50 BGN)

 

The currency of Bulgaria is the Bulgarian lev (BGN).

Croatia
 

ICN Zagreb - Split

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st and 2nd class: prices range from €1 to €3.60 (27.60 HRK)

 

IC Zagreb - Rijeka/Osijek/Cakovec

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st and 2nd class: prices range from €1 to €3.60 (27.60 HRK)

 

The currency of Croatia is the Croatian kuna (HRK).

Czech Republic
 

IC/EC (domestic journeys)

Reservation recommended.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €3.60 ( 97 CZK)

 

SC SuperCity

Reservation compulsory. Includes newspaper and catering in 1st class.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €8 (220 CZK)

 

The currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech koruna (CZK).

Denmark
 

InterCity / InterCity Lyn

Reservation recommended.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €3.90 (30 DKK)

 

The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone (DKK).

Finland
 

InterCity

Reservation recommended, price depends on distance.

  • 1st class: €10 - €27
  • 2nd class: €5 - €21 

 

Pendolino

Reservation recommended, price depends on distance

  • 1st class: €10 - €15 
  • 2nd class: €5 - €10 
France
 

There's a limited number of seats (and beds) available for pass holders on the InterCités and InterCités de Nuit trains. Make your reservations for these trains as soon as possible. Read more.

 

InterCités

Reservation mandatory or recommended (depending on train).

Trains with mandatory reservation:

  • 1st and 2nd class: €10 (if all €10 seats are booked, the reservation fee will be €20)

 

Trains with recommended reservation:

  • 1st and 2nd class: €1.50 

 

TGV

Reservation mandatory.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €10 (if all €10 seats are booked, the reservation fee will be €20)
Germany
 

ICE/IC/EC and other DB long-distance services

Reservation optional.

  • 1st class: €5.30
  • 2nd class: €4
     

EuroCity Berlin-Warszaw/Gdynia Express (domestic journeys)

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st class: €3.60 
  • 2nd class: €3.60 

 

IC Bus: Reservation mandatory

  • 1st class: €5.90
  • 2nd class: €4.50
Greece

 

IC (Inter City)

Reservation mandatory and free of charge.

Great Britain

ACP Rail

Regular day trains - Mandatory reservations

  • 1st & 2nd class - €7
Hungary
 

EC (domestic journeys)

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st and 2nd class: 1.50 - 3.50 euros (555 - 1296 HUF)

 

IC

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €1.50 - €3.50 (555 - 1296 HUF)

 

IP

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st and 2nd class: 0.50 euros (185 HUF)

 

The currency of Hungary is the Hungarian forint (HUF).

Ireland
 

IC

Reservation optional, can be made locally or online at www.irishrail.ie

  • 1st class: €12.50 - €25 
  • 2nd class: €5 
Italy
 

EuroCity (domestic journeys) and Le Frecce / Frecciarossa / Frecciargento / Frecciabianca

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €10 

 

InterCity; InterCityNotte, Expresso (only seats)

Reservation recommended.

  • 1st and 2nd class: €3 
 

EuroCity (via Brennero)

Reservation compulsory. This train is operated by DB-ÖBB.

  • 1st class: €20.90
  • 2nd class: €14.50 
Lithuania

Reservations highly recommended 

First class includes bus transfer on some routes

  • 1st class: €5 
  • 2nd class: free

 

New! €5 fee applies only for 1st class Vilnius - Klaipėda which offers you high level of service quality and bus transfer from Klaipėda to Palanga or Klaipėda to Nida. 

Netherlands
 

InterCity Direct (formerly known as Fyra)

Supplement compulsory.

  • 1st class: €3 
  • 2nd class: €2.70

 

No supplement required on the route Amsterdam – Schiphol.

Norway

 

Reservations for most Norwegian trains are shown as optional in the Timetable. However, we advise you to always make reservations in Norway, because trains often get fully booked.

 

Long distance trains

Reservation highly recommended.

"Komfort" class available for 1st class pass holders with no cost if reservation is made locally.
2nd class pass holders pay €11.40 (95 NOK) for an upgrade to "Komfort" class.

  • 2nd class: €6 (50 NOK)
  • 1st class: free

 

Flåm (scenic train route)

Reservation highly recommended.
Reduced price for Eurail pass holders (30% discount)

 

The currency of Norway is the Norwegian krone (NOK).

 

Poland
 

IC, TLK and EIC (domestic carriage) trains

Reservation recommended.
Reservations made locally in Poland are free of charge.

Reservations made from abroad are €3.50.

 

EIP (ExpressIC Premium)

Reservation compulsory.

Reservations made locally in Poland are free of charge.

Reservations made from abroad are €3.50.

 

All travelers must pay an extra surcharge:

If a reservation is made abroad, an extra charge of €10 (43 PLN) must be paid on the train.
​If a reservation is made in Poland, you pay only the surcharge of €10 (43 PLN) at the ticket counter.

 

Domestic night trains

Reservation compulsory. These are regular PKP InterCity trains with sleeper cars.
From €13.25 (53 PLN) for a 6-bed couchette to €68.25 (273 PLN) for a Single sleeper.

 

The currency of Poland is the Polish zloty (PLN).

Portugal
 

Alfa Pendular and IC

Reservation compulsory (can only be made locally).

  • 1st and 2nd class: €5
Romania
 

IC(domestic journeys)

Reservation compulsory (can only be made locally)

  • 1st and 2nd class: €3.60 (16.20 RON)

 

IR (domestic journeys)

Reservation compulsory (can only be made locally)

  • 1st and 2nd class: €1 (4.50 RON)

 

IC (international journeys)

Reservation compulsory (can only be made locally).

  • 1st and 2nd class: €3 (13.50 RON)

 

The currency of Romania is the Romanian leu (RON).

Serbia
 

ICS Beograd - Novi Sad / Subotica / Prijepolje

Reservation compulsory. Supplement only, can be bought in the station or train.

  • 1st class: €4 euros (466 RSD)
  • 2nd class: €4 euros (466 RSD)

 

Domestic routes

Reservation optional. 

  • 1st class:  €0.90 (106 RSD)
  • 2nd class: €0.90 (106 RSD)
     

The currency of Serbia is the Serbian dinar (RSD).

Slovakia
 

Inter City trains

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st class: €7 - €13
  • 2nd class: €3 - €9

 

Supercity

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st class: €1  
  • 2nd class: €3

 

Upgrade to 1Plus in high speed trains - includes snack and added comfort.

  • 1st class: €5

 

 

Slovenia
 

ICS trains (domestic journeys)

Reservation compulsory.

  • 1st class: €2 - €4
  • 2nd class: €2 - €4 
Spain

Arco, Talgo, Diurno

Reservation compulsory.

  • 2nd class: €6.50
  • 1st class: €10

 

Avant

Reservation compulsory.

  • Fee: €4 (no class distinction)

 

AVE

Reservation compulsory. 

  • Elige: €10
  • Elige Confort: €13
  • Premium: €23.50 (meal included)

 

Euromed

Reservation compulsory. Please note the Euromed doesn't serve meals on Saturdays.

  • Elige: €6.50
  • Elige Confort: €10
  • Premium: €23.50 (meal included)

 

Alvia & Intercity

Reservation compulsory. 

  • Elige: €6.50
  • Elige Confort: €10

 

Alaris

Reservation compulsory. 1st class includes drink and meal2nd class: €6.50

  • 1st class: €23.50

 

TRD / MD

Reservation compulsory.

  • Fee: €4 (no class distinction)

 

Booking reservations in Spain:

Reservations for Alvia, Intercity, Avant, AVE, Euromed and MD can only be booked at stations selling Long Distance trains tickets (not commuter stations), please find a list of those stations here.

Sweden

 

InterCity and Regional trains

Reservation recommended.

  • 1st class: €3 (SEK 27)
  • 2nd class: €3 (SEK 27)

 

SJ High Speed trains

Reservation compulsory. 1st class includes breakfast before 9:00, WiFi , fruit, coffee, tea all day.

  • 1st class: €17 (SEK175)
  • 2nd class: €7 (SEK 75)

 

Inlandsbanan (scenic train)

Reservation recommended.

  • 1st class: €5 (SEK 44)
  • 2nd class: €5 (SEK 44)

 

Snälltåget (Malmö – Stockholm)

Reservation compulsory. 1st class class includes a light meal.

  • 1st class: €15 (SEK 133)
  • 2nd class: €5 (SEK 44)

 

The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK)

 

Switzerland 

 

Bernina Express (click for more information about this train)
Reservation only compulsory for observation car.

  • March to May: €22.90 (24 CHF)
  • June to September: €24.80 (26 CHF)
  • October: €22.90 (24 CHF)
  • 1 November to 10 December: €19 (20 CHF
 

Connecting bus between Tirano and Lugano: Same reservation fees as train.


Chocolate Train

  • 1st class: €55 (59 CHF)
  • 2nd class: €64 (69 CHF)
 

Glacier Express

  • High season (June 16 - September 19): €40 (43 CHF) 
  • Mid season (March 30 - June 15 / September 17 - October 14): €30 (33 CHF) 
  • Low season (December 10 - March 29): €21 (23 CHF)

 

(Short haul journeys are less)


Golden Pass

Reservation only compulsory for special panorama train.
Check the Golden Pass website for more information. Fees range from 4.40 - 24.40 euros.

 

Gotthard Panoramic Express

Reservations mandatory. 

  • 1st class: €15 (15.50 CHF)

 

IC trains (domestic)

  • Fee: € 4.40 (5 CHF)
     

The currency of Switzerland (and Liechtenstein) is the Swiss franc (CHF).

Turkey 

 

Reservation for long distance trains are mandatory. There are no fees.

 

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