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Reserving a 1st class seat with a 2nd class interail pass

  • 19 September 2023
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Hi there!

I want to go from Aachen to Paris Nord on 5 November but the b-europe website no longer offers 2nd class seats. Is it possible to take a 1st class ticket even if I have a 2nd class pass? The website doesn't forbid me from doing this, but I'm more worried about the ticket inspectors if I'm not allowed to do

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Best answer by thibcabe 19 September 2023, 19:33

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No you can't. Staff could give you a hefty fine and/or ask you to leave the train.

The easy alternative is as follows :

- ICE Aachen Hbf - Bruxelles-Midi 3€ optional (but very recommended !) reservation through ÖBB

- Thalys Bruxelles-Midi - Paris-Nord 27€

If you'd like to save money you could do :

- Aachen - Brussels - Kortrijk - Lille + TGV to Paris 10-20€

- Aachen - Liège - ... - Charleroi - Maubeuge - Paris reservation-free

- via Luxembourg or Saarbrücken

Looks like a few routes are disrupted due to engineering works that weekend.

Great, thanks for your information !

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