• 22 July 2023
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Hello all! I am writing With regard to an upcoming trip I have scheduled in late August. I recently purchased the Eurail 10 days of travel and have been planning my trip. I searched destinations using the planner to which I added to my trip folder. Following this I made them each one of the travel days and flicked the banner to use one of my purchased days. When I click into my pass I see the days for which I am scheduled and notice that each come with a QR code to show for the ticket. 


My question is when I click on the QR code, I see under the “Journey” headline that it says for each that “Seat Reservations are Required.” I am having trouble figuring this aspect out. Do I need to do an additional step to secure my seat or is having added these to my trip as active accounts enough? I will be traveling in the later part of August and cannot wait. Please let me know at your earliest connivence!


Best answer by rvdborgt 22 July 2023, 07:40

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The pass is separate from reservations.

For the best ways t make reservations, check this thread:

And this page:

Please also don't activate travel days or your pass in advance, especially not if you need reservations first.

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The recommendation from the experienced travellers in the community is to only make reservations through the Eurail website if no other options are available. Please read more about that below. 


Here is some useful information from the experienced travellers in the Community regarding both planning, reservations and activation of pass and travel days. 


The rail planner is normally not up to date, as it only is updated once a month, so to be sure of the time table you better check the timetable and availability on the websites of the national railways. The bigger national railways, like DB (Germany) SBB (Switzerland) and ÖBB (Austria) cover several countries. 


The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is to use other ways to make reservations than the Interrail/Eurail website.  You can look at the guide in the link:

If you, after having looked at the guide, have questions about how to make specific reservation, please give your travel details (departure date, time and route) preferably in a new topic, and you will get advice.

Please note that Interrail/Eurail charges an extra fee of 2 EUR per person and train in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.

 Activation of pass

During the activation process you choose the start day of the validity of the pass. Once the validity has started it can't be changed even if you haven't travelled. The advice is therefore to wait with activating the pass and starting the validity until the first day of your travel as you only can deactivate the pass no later than 23.59 CET on the day before the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you can't deactivate the pass and change the validity. 

It can be wise to make a test and activate the pass with a start date well in the future and then deactivate the pass immediately, just to see that everything works.

 Activation of travel day

The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is also never to activate a travel day, that is connect a journey to your pass and create the ticket (QR code), until just before boarding the train, otherwise you might loose a travel day if your travel plans change in a late stage  You can't delete a travel day in the past. A travel day can only be deleted until 23.59 CET the day before the travel day.