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day of activation= first day of travel

  • 20 May 2022
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Hello, 

If I activate my 2-month pass now and select the first day of travel (July 3rd), will it be active now for 2 months or on July 3rd for two months? I want to activate it now to reserve seats for some trains, but I’m afraid the pass would then start right now, and not on the 3rd which is the day I want to start my trip.

thank you very much! 

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Best answer by rvdborgt 20 May 2022, 19:45

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Bonjour de Provence, ici beaucoup de soleil-et aussi beaucoup de savon.

It is NOT needed to activate pass to make REServ-these are separate. As you are FR I guess first main stumbleblock is a TGV out of this hexagone: go to a gare and do it at machine. 
read INFO page about all REServ about how to do best=other way as via app.

Note however that sitting in the TGV/AVE/Thalys over the border of the 6gone cost much more as hopping borders on TER trains. And its much easier to do also.

If you want more help as if youre not used to this all: post EXACT details-day/route/train etc for further info. Other frequent answerers on this forum also know it all.

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When you activate the pass, you will be able to choose the first travel day. But the advice is to wait with activation until a few days before you want to start and you're about sure when you will start. Because if you change plans and forget to cancel the activation, then you loose travel days. You can only cancel the activation before the first travel day.

Bonjour, merci. Oui en effet, c’est un TGV de Lyon à Bruxelles, je n’ai pas trouvé d’autre manières de rejoindre Bruxelles, passer par Paris est aussi payant. 

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To book this TGV (should be 20€), just go to the SNCF ticket office or call SNCF. Pass holder seats are quite limited, certainly in the weekends.

Is the day I activate the pass the same as the day I travel?

The date of the first travel day is July 30,
can I activate  pass now?

Is the day I activate the pass the same as the day I travel?

The date of the first travel day is July 30,
can I activate  pass now?

 

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Is the day I activate the pass the same as the day I travel?

The date of the first travel day is July 30,
can I activate  pass now?

 

When you activate the pass you choose the start date. The start date is the first day of the validity of the pass and it will automatically be a travel day even if you don't connect a journey to the day.

The advice from the experienced travellers is to avoid to activate the pass in advance. 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. 

 Planning

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. 

 Reservations 

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:

https://community.eurail.com/train-connections-reservations-47/how-to-get-reservations-105

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, when you choose the start day of the validity of the pass, the first day of the validity period is automatically made a travel day, even if you don't enter a journey, the advice is therefore not to activate the pass before the first travel day as you only can deactivate the pass before 00.00 on the day the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you will loose travel days if you have activated the pass in advance.

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, 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.

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