Can't book reservation Amsterdam to Paris

  • 30 May 2022
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I have been trying to reserve my seat for a trip from Paris Nord to London- preferably Paddington, but happy with Waterloo as well. I don't understand how the seats are already booked up when the rule is that you can only book 3 hours before the train. It let me book my train ticket for Amsterdam to Paris, which is a week from now- so why can't I book this one?? It is saying that I might have to book through Eurostar directly - which will cost me 150 euros.... What is the point of this eurail pass if I can't use it for a very basic train trip?! I am just so confused about how this pass works, would appreciate any advice or explanation anyone has for me! Thank you so much. 


Best answer by AnnaB 30 May 2022, 13:44

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There is no rule that you only can book 3 h in advance. 

There is only a limited number of passholder seats available on each departure of the Eurostar and popular departures sell out weeks and sometimes months in advance. 

What date, time and route are you trying to make a reservation for?

Hi Anna, thank you so much for your reply, I did not know about that information. I'm trying to book for the 19th of June, some time in the morning, travelling Paris Nord- London Paddington. 

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There are only 2 trains with passholder seats available on the 19th of June, see picture. I selected on 2nd class Eurail.


If you want to make a reservation at b-europe you need a Pass Cover Number.

At SNCF, the French Railway, you can book by phone. No need of Pass Cover Number.

 Press #85 for English, no booking fees, reservations are sent via e-mail.

 If you need the Pass Cover Number you need to contact Customer Support through this form and asked for it.

Customer Support is currently overloaded with requests so you will probably have to be patient to get help. Please let Customer Support know what date your travel will start so that they can prioritise your request correctly.

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Each and every €* to LOn (and even from there too) ONLY ´calls´ at the station where they have the stringent border controls avialable: St. Pancras, which sits right beside another main line station called Kingś Cross. Now LON confuses the traveller from out of space (ocean, down yundah fom the back of Bourke) as it has plenty of main line stations, like also paddington and Waterloo-connected by a thing called metro (in /en/ ´únderground´). Your pass will NOT cover the trips on TfL=underground, even though the undistinguishing /en/ all call it ´train´.