How to book night train reservations - italy?

  • 11 July 2022
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Hi - this may be a stupid question but I need all the help I can get with booking night trains for italy.

I have found the trains I want on both italiarail and trentitalia websites but neither of these sites have an obvious option for applying the interrail pass to the booking. But when I try the interrail/eurrail reservation system it does not find any of the trains even though both other sites clearly have booking available.

This is specifically for booking a night train/sleeper cabin.


Best answer by FJXH 23 July 2022, 10:22

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You will find information about how to make that reservation and other useful information 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 ticket 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.

Mobile pass holders can generate their own PCN's using this tool: Book Reservations (  

Reservations for Italian trains are possible via ItaliaRail


  • Open the website and click on 'Add tickets'. Fill in your station of departure and arrival. Don't forget to select 1st or 2nd class under 'Eurail / InterRail Pass' in the bottom left of the block, otherwise you'll only get search results for the full ticket price.
  • Click on 'Find tickets' and select the train you want to take.
  • Select the type of ticket you want and click on 'add to itinerary'.
  • Fill in the information that is requested, select a seat and pay.
  • You'll receive the confirmation and e-ticket in your inbox.