Can I avoid trains with reservations?
It's good to remember that most European trains don't need a reservation at all. You can keep the costs of your trip down by traveling with regional trains, which will take you to every corner of Europe. Regional trains are a good alternative for fullly booked high-speed and night trains.
Search for trains without reservations
It is possible to avoid seat reservations by travelling on regional trains. For some routes this may not be possible, like from Great Britain to Belgium. This route is only serviced by Eurostar, a high-speed train that requires a seat reservation.
To find routes without seat reservations you can use our Rail Planner app on any mobile device. Make sure to tick the 'No reservation needed' box when searching for trains.
How to avoid reservations on French trains
Many French trains need to be reserved in advance, and seats can be limited at times. Make your train trips in France comfortable and reserve your seats before the journey even begins!
Get help from the Eurail community
Struggling to plan your journey? Ask other travelers for help with your route in our Eurail Facebook Group – you might be surprised!
More about reservations
Do I need reservations? Some European trains need to be booked in advance. Find out if you need to make seat reservations or book other reservations for your rail trip
How do I book my reservations? Certain trains in Europe require an advance reservation. Find out how to make seat reservations on European trains before you travel.
Seat reservation Fees Find out reservation fees for high-speed and night trains in Europe, and let us help you book them!