How to get Reservations :)


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Please read first and if you still have questions start a own topic to keep this post as Informationpost as clean as possible.

This post is made by @rvdborgt  @AnnaB@runner.on.rails and myself. 

Planning/Timetables:
Many of you will notice that the Railplanner of Eurail will have sometimes different times of the trains as other Websites/Apps. Or evenworse the railplanner wont show any train for your desired Route. The Railplanner of Eurail only shows the timetables that are shared by the Railcompanies unfortunately not all Railcompanies share these and even update it not frequently. The Result is that the Railplanner of Eurail is not always uptodate and because ofthat I and other experienced travelers recommend to use the Local Websites and Apps to check the times and even book the reservations with them (when possible).


Below here finally the main words :D
Hi if you are useing a Railpass there will be the point that a train needs a Reservation 🙂 Many of you ask where to get a reservation for a specific train.

First of all there are 2kinds :)
Supplements like the Intercity Direct in Netherlands or the German/Austrian - Italian Supplement on Eurocity & Railjets that have to be paid and doesnt include a seat 😕.

And Seatreservations like the TGV,Eurostar or Thalys that include in the supplement fee even a seat reservation.

There are several ways reserve a seat :)
A. on the Website of the Traincompany that operate the train.

B. at the trainstation (On major stations you have “International ticket desks” they often can reserve even trains in a different country for example you can reserve your TGV from Munich to Paris already in Prague 🙂 )

C. Via the Railplanner app of  Eurail itself :)  a small service fee will be charged

D. Via the booking Callcenter of a traincompany.

E. Via a Reservation service website or a well experienced Railagency :)

General Websites to reserve trains here you can find out which websites can help you. 

We highly suggest to confirm the times of your trains in the Railplanner with Local Railplanner apps or atleast with one of the major ones. I general i recommend even to plan your trips with these app instead of Railplanner.

Manuals for several websites.

German Rail 🇩🇪

Daytrains on oebb.at (Not for Italy) 🇦🇹

Bordercrossing Eurocity/Railjet Italy - Austria/Germany  🇦🇹🇩🇪 - 🇮🇹

Italian Daytrains booked via oebb.at 🇮🇹

Nighttrains on oebb.at (Several Routes)

Reservation within the UK (by rvdbrgt)
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Reservation of Caledonian Sleeper (by rvdbrgt) 🇬🇧

Reservations for Trains in Spain (by rvdbrgt) 🇪🇸

Reservation for the International TGV/AVE France - Spain (by rvdbrgt) 🇲🇫🇪🇸

Reservations on the website of Hungarian Rail 🇭🇺

Reservations on the Website of Czech Rail 🇨🇿

Reservation on the Website of Swedish Rail 🇸🇪

 Reservations within Denmark + Denmark - Hamburg 

Domestic Reservations within Poland (just 30days in advance)


@rvdborgt  @AnnaB  many others and myself will try to keep this uptodate and help as much we can with  advices :)

Kind Regards.


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Okey i will try to create a list of Reservation pages arround Europe :)
German Rail for many trains within/arround Germany

Austrian Rail (A lot Nighttrains in middle Europe and ofcourse trains in/arround Austria)


Eurostar & Thalys Services (AMS/BRU/LON/PAR/CLG) PassCoverNumber needed

Domestic Trains within France (PassCoverNumber needed)

Trains within Poland (just select first the train and then in the Discount section NRT/Railpass/FIP

Trains in & arround Czech Republic

Trains within Hungary

Trains in Sweden (+ Routes to Oslo/Copenhagen/Narvik) PassCoverNumber needed

Trains in Denmark (and the IC´s Germany - Denmark)

Nighttrain Berlin - Hamburg - (Copenhagen) - Malmö - Stockholm (Discount Code Eurail / Interrail)

Bernina Express (the panoramic train)

Glacier Express (Panoramic Train)

 

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Reservations for Spanish domestic trains

 

Booking reservations for Spanish domestic trains is not possible online. You can buy them:

  • At a Spanish ticket office
  • Possibly at Lisboa Santa Apolónia, Porto Companha and Porto São Bento (They're reported to have a Spanish system there. Please let me know if you can confirm.)
  • At a Deutsche Bahn ticket office. You need to provide the train number. Some DB staff claim they can't book Spanish reservations but they're wrong. They need to use the train number search.
  • Via Deutsche Bahn by phone (+49 30 2970 or directly to the English line +49 30 311682904). Collect at a DB ticket machine or receive via post (€5.90 per order). You need to provide the train number.
  • Via a Swiss ticket office or by phone (scroll down to Switzerland). Unknown if reservations can be sent via e-mail. Send me a message if you find out.
  • Via RENFE by phone, with limitations, see this page (scroll down to Spain; when calling, press 1 for English). Reservation must be collected in Spain.

The good thing is that these reservations are not quota-controlled, so you can book seats until the train is full.
Train numbers can be looked up via www.raileurope.com or in the DB planner (if RENFE have sent their data), but not too long in advance, since RENFE don't always publish their timetables a long time in advance.

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Italian daytrains via oebb.at 🙂 Thanks to @rvdborgt  for notifying me about the new possibilty to reserve Italian daytrains via Oebb.at

 

First select your Route and your traveldate/time
Even if you wanna just reserve a seat please click the option One Way tickets and day tickets
You will get first results please note that this are Standard prices please click in the red marked box top right on change.
Yet you can add as much travelers as needed and add on each traveler the discount Interrail / Eurail Globalpass (at the end of the list) and click on “Confirm”
You get some results for example the 13.48 direct Highspeedtrain for 10€ :)

Please note that on the 14.26 depature only the first train will be reserved.
It looks like OBB can reserve just direct routes if you wanna use the 14.26 depature you have to search first Venice - Bolgona and afterwards Bologna - Milano.

Kind Regards

from @seewulf  & @rvdborgt 

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Reservations for TGVs Paris-Barcelona

 

The TGVs between Paris and Barcelona can be booked:

  • Via Interrail.eu (2€ booking fee per person and train, now via e-mail).
  • Via French railways ticket office or by phone (press #85 for English, no booking fee, delivery via e-mail).
  • Via a CFL international ticket office or by phone. Booking fee €5, reservation can be sent via email.
  • Via a Dutch international ticket office or by phone. No booking fee (because reservations are not available on the NS website and ticket machines), reservation is sent via email.
  • Via a Belgian international ticket office or by phone. No booking fee (not applicable to pass reservations at the ticket office), reservation is sent via email but phone number is not cheap.
  • Via a Swiss ticket office or by phone (scroll down to Switzerland). Unknown if reservations can be sent via e-mail. Send me a message if you find out.
  • Not anymore via a RENFE ticket office.
  • Not anymore via Deutsche Bahn.
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Reservation and Supplement for the Eurocity/Railjets
Germany/Austria to Italy (Munich/Vienna to Verona,Vienna,Bologna,Rimmini) + Trieste - Villa Oppocina (EC135,EC136)

The Eurocity/Railjet on these Route are currently reservation optional (You can buy one but it´s not compulsory.) Due the high demand on this route it´s a good idea to reserve in advance. On these trains you have to pay a supplement (no reservation) of 10€ in 2nd Class or 15€ in 1st class in the pictures below i will try to show how you can  pay the surcharge already online at oebb.at

 

On the First page you cn select the Route and traveldate click then on book ticket.
To apply the Interrail/Eurail discount please click on change in the red marked box
Here you can add the correct amount of travelers and please add for each one the Interrail/Eurail as discount and click on confirm. and finally on next.
Now click on Find Services and then please on Oneway and daytickets (NOT the Seat only) it´s strange but the seat only option doesnt work for these trains.
You will find many results and see the prices on the right side. I will take the direct train with the 10€
Finally you are almost finished and find here in the Redbox the “Aufpreis Brennerverkehr” which is the supplement for this Train if you travel to Italy. In the yellow box you find the 1st class option (For those that hold a 1st Class railpass and wanna travel in 1st class) direct under that you can add the reservation. As said it´s optional to buy the reservation but i highly recommend one.

 

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Seat reservations in Great Britain via GWR

 

Reservations for day trains in Great Britain are optional, regardless of what the rail planner app says. You can get them free of charge from a ticket office in Great Britain or via myaccount.gwr.com:

  1. Create an account. (It weirdly doesn't accept spaces in the surname.)
  2. Sign in, and click Bookings at the top.
  3. Click on the “Make a seat/bike reservation“ box, and in the appearing pop-up, click on Next.
  4. Fill in the form and select the desired train.
  5. Select a fare. You can select any, as long as it is in the correct class (Standard=2nd class).
  6. Click on Continue and select “I would like to reserve a seat”.
  7. Choose your preferences and click on "Add reservation”.
  8. It says you won't be charged, and indeed you get the free stand-alone seat reservation without needing to enter any payment details.

Even though it's the GWR website, this works for any route in Great Britain where seat reservations are available.

For reservations in the Caledonian Sleeper services between London and Scotland, see below.

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As Frenchrail (SNCF) stopped to sell Reservations online and via phone 😕 We wanna show you some other options how you get Reservations for Trains within France 🙂 (Links provided by @rvdborgt )

  1. Eurails own reservation service via App or Website (2 EUR fee per seat)
  2. Belgian railways (4 EUR fee per order). You need to request a pass cover number first.
  3. ACP rail (also with a fee, but it doesn't seem to work right now)

You can also call Belgian railways (no fee but you'll have to pay phone charges; no pass cover number required; reservation will be emailed).

Can Belgian railways only book within France? Because I was looking from Munich -> Paris and Paris -> Geneva, but could not search it on b-europe website

The b-europe website mentioned above will only book domestic trains in France. You can book Munich - Paris and Paris - Geneva via the Eurail website (whenever it gets back online - I suppose soon) or by phone via French railways (they sell reservations again via phone, press #85 for English) or Belgian railways. The French number should be cheaper to call.

If you have more questions, please ask them in a new topic, so as not to overload this one.

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Reservations for trains Italy-France

 

Route Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan:

There are two train operators that provide trains on the route Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan.

SNCF with their TGV InOui trains (do not stop in Lyon)

Trenitalia with their Frecciarossa (for the moment Interrail/Eurail is not accepted in France)

 

Booking reservations for TGV InOui trains to/from Italy is possible via:

  • Interrail.eu/Eurail.com (2€ booking fee per person and train).
  • SNCB/NMBS ticket office or by phone
  • travel.b-europe website for national rides in France (4€ booking fee per booking, Pass Cover Number needed, request it here
  • French railways ticket office or by phone (press #85 for English, no booking fee, delivery via e-mail).
  • SNCF Ticket Machines for rides in France
  • Swiss ticket office or by phone (delivery by postal mail).
  • NS International ticket office or by phone.

Costs:

  • International rides: 31€ in 2nd class and 45€ in 1st class.
  • National rides in France: 10€ or 20€ in both classes

          Interrail.eu/Eurail.com can only book 20€ reservations for the moment

  • National rides in Italy not possible. Use Frecciarossa or local trains instead.

 

How to avoid TGV InOui Paris-Milan trains on international trips:

  • Frecciarossa trains have sometimes lower ticket fares as the TGV reservation fees, look at Trenitalia.com.
  • Via Switzerland: use RE trains Milano-Ventimiglia (no reservations needed), EC trains (Milan-)Domodossola-Geneva (reservation compulsory only for rides from/to/in Italy except Domodossola-Switzerland), TER trains to Lyon (reservation not needed), TGV to Paris or other destinations (compulsory reservation).
  • Via Ventimiglia and Nice: (use Intercity trains (3€), Frecciabianca (10€) or Regionale Veloce (RE – reservation not needed) Milan-Genova-Ventimiglia. TER local trains Ventimiglia-Nice (reservation not needed). TGV trains Nice-Paris (compulsory reservation).
  • Via Mont-Blanc-Express scenic railway: use RE trains Milano-Ventimiglia (no reservations needed), EC trains (Milan-)Domodossola-Geneva or via local trains via Brig till Martigny (reservation compulsory only for rides from/to/in Italy except Domodossola-Switzerland), from Martigny trains Martigny- Le Châtelard Frontière – Chamonix Mont-Blanc, TGV trains Chamonix Mont-Blanc – Paris (compulsory reservation) or TER local trains to Annecy and Lyon and from there TGV high speed trains.

 

Route Italy-Ventimiglia-Monaco-Nice:

there are no direct trains on this route, you can use:

  • Milan-Genova-Ventimiglia Intercity trains (3€ reservation), Frecciabianca (10€ reservation) or Regionale Veloce (RE/RV – reservation not needed) trains and TER local trains Ventimiglia-Nice (reservation not needed).
  • Rome-Pisa-Cinque Terre-Genova-Ventimiglia Intercity trains (3€ reservation) and TER local trains Ventimiglia-Nice (reservation not needed)
  • Turin-Cuneo-Tende-Nice local trains (no direct service, you have to change in Cuneo and Tende or Ventimiglia). Reservation not needed.

Reservations for Italian trains can be booked online via Interrail.eu/Eurail.com (+2€ per person and train) or via Austrian Railways ÖBB (no booking fee) using this steps.

 

 

If you have questions, please ask them in a new topic, to not overload this one.

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To Make Reservations in Greece via Email

Train reservations in Greece are obligatory but completely free to make, not only for both 1st and 2nd class, but also for IC trains, ICE (Pendolino) trains, and long-term bus substitutions like Kiato - Patras and Drama - Xanthi.

While this is excellent and very refreshing compared to the seat reservation in other southern European countries, it is important not to abuse this service so that it remains available. Email bookings are probably only possible with Hellenic Train because of the simplicity of not having to conduct a formal transaction or process card details.

DO NOT book unless you are very sure that you will catch the train that you are requesting, and be very careful to enter all details correctly. (Basically, don’t rush it.)

(Please note that I don’t know how often others have booked using this method, or how successful it would be if attempted during peak season; but for now, this works)

First, go to hellenictrain.gr/en.

First, you need to decide which trains and seats you want. The interface on this page is a bit clunky, so without filling in the fields above, just click on the blue bar as shown.
Fill in the journey details from the drop-down boxes at the top of the page, then click Search. The most significant stations are displayed separately at the top of the list, then all the more minor stations, both sets being in Roman alphabetical order.
Select a service, then click Seat selection and passengers.
Now you can view seating options and availability. (If your journey involves a change of train, you may need to first click on the train icon on the left of the page to bring up this display.) Click on the coach numbers to see their seating plans; A1, A2 and A3 are 1st class, and the B coaches are of course 2nd.

Now make a note of your seating preferences and train details (including train number), and return to the homepage (hellenictrain.gr/en).

Click Contact.
Scroll about a third of the way down the page and click this link.
Now fill in this form, making sure all boxes marked with a red asterisk are completed.
In the Topic box, select Other and then put “Interrail seat reservation request” or similar in the box that will appear below.
Because this is designed as an incident form, you must enter a date, time, station and train number in the following boxes. If you like, you can enter the details of the train that you wish to reserve here, even though the date is in the future. (Note that the drop-down box of stations is in Greek alphabetical order.)
In the comments box, write a short message clearly stating your request(s); the train number, time, date, the numbers of your seat preferences, and the names of any other travellers you are booking for.
At the bottom of the page, it is very important that you change none under Contact by, to email. Otherwise your request may not receive a reply!
Also tick the box as indicated, which simply means you agree to the privacy policy.
Then click send!

Within a few days to a week, you should receive an email confirming your seat reservations, which you will need to collect the physical tickets for in person by showing your Interrail pass and passport at the ticket counter of a main Greek station. This email hopefully will not come from a No-Reply address, but if it does, and you need to get in contact with them again, cite the query number (“ID Δρομολόγιο”) that came with the automated receipt email immediately after you sent off the initial form.

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Merci beaucoup pour tous ces renseignements. Je viens d effectuer la réservation du train de nuit Ljubljiana Munich en couchette avec la réduction interrail :)

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SNCF Rail now started again to sell reservations via phone 😕 We wanna show you some other options how you get Reservations for Trains within France 🙂 (Links provided by @rvdborgt )

  1. Eurails own reservation service via App or Website (2 EUR fee per seat)
  2. Belgian railways (4 EUR fee per order). You need to request a pass cover number first.
  3. ACP rail (also with a fee, but it doesn't seem to work right now)

You can also call Belgian railways (no fee but you'll have to pay phone charges; no pass cover number required; reservation will be emailed).

https://www.sncf.com/en/customer-service/contact-us/telephone

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

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The tickets.oebb.at website is still the same and works same as shown by @seewulf in the screenshots, but the first page has now a new layout. You can look for a normal ticket and then when you get all the possible connection click on 1x adult and there you can add as discount Interrail/Eurail. 

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Italian daytrains via oebb.at 🙂 Thanks to @rvdborgt  for notifying me about the new possibilty to reserve Italian daytrains via Oebb.at

Very well found! This will be a great help to a great many travellers :-D

I note there are a couple of irregularities which I trust OEBB will gradually iron out:

  1. Even when the 1st Class box is ticked, the system suggests under Reservation Details that the reserved seat will be Sitzplatzreservierung 2. Klasse. This appears to apply to all bookable non-OEBB trains in Italy. Hopefully once bought, the seat reservation received will be a 1st class one, but the only way of finding out is to go ahead with the purchase.
  2. Some places can’t be booked from. For instance, OEBB can now book the SBB train to Zurich from Genova, but it can’t book the identical one from Bologna for some reason. Also the daily Ligurian coastal IC to Roma can be booked from Ventimiglia or San Remo, but not Imperia.
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Booking accommodation in the Caledonian sleeper

 

Services:

  • London - Inverness / Aberdeen / Fort William
  • London - Glasgow / Edinburgh

Procedure:

  1. Go to the Caledonian Sleeper website and fill in From and To and other journey details.
  2. Click on the box with “More options” and click on "Room supplement Only”.
  3. A pop-up will appear, check the "Room supplement Only” box and click on Continue.
  4. Click on Add, then on Continue and on "Get times & tickets”.
  5. Click on the accommodation you want.
  6. Click on “BOOK ALL X GUESTS FOR £XXX”.
  7. Review your basket and click on “NEXT: REVIEW & PAYMENT” and then on “NEXT: YOUR DETAILS”.
  8. Fill in your details and click on "NEXT: PAYMENT”.
  9. Fill in your payment details and click on "CONFIRM PAYMENT”.

Note: also check normal fares. Some advance fares are cheaper than a pass reservation (room supplement).

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Hi, thanks for the instructions! I have a problem with ÖBB,

Please open your own topic, mentioning the exact trains you'd like to book (origin, destination, date, departure time per train).

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Additional method; IN FRance for all trains that require a REServation beside the pass: (ONLY domestic trains):

can also do at any machine of SNCF-these are in any major station (mostly purple/grey-the smaller blue are for regional trains only).

Set up trip, choose ´anon´ and no passenger account-then there are endless pages to see if you are fit enough and have no dogs/bikes etc. Then comes REDUCTION: click on ´more´ and then the EUrl and IR appear-choose class. Then it takes a while but there will be a side with all trains/connections (MAX 1 change) from A to B and what it will cost you. Trains that are really ´complet´ will not show up. Works for the TGV, the IC, the overnight trains and ALSO the NoMAD trains (these cost just 1,50 to REServe).

A couchette in the nighttrains cost 21,50 plus an awful lot of extra info: name, full adress, fonenr, mail etc.

Then pay-cards only, cash has been banned since many years (can do at counter if wished-expect to know/ speak FRench and exact details of what you want). You now get mostly a soft paper slip with QR-code and this can be used to pass gates at such stations. In this month (may) it is very well possible to even find seats in TGV for 10€ for the next day, this may not hold for summer or days of great movements (start/end of major holidays etc.)

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Updated Manual for reserving trains on CD.cz Website of Czech Rail 🙂 example here is a Nighttrain as you have here quite a lot options :)
 

First Select Your route and travelday afterwards pleas click on the passenger details

 

Select here the Interrailpass or Eurailpass (depends what pass you have)


 

You will get then first results please click on I want a Reservation only
You know see the different offers on a Nighttrain from Seats via Couchette to Sleepers.
One special thing are sleepers if you book just one berth in a lets say tripple compartment you will travel with foreign travelers of the same sex. Incase a Group book a entire compartment like here 2persons in a double cabin you can  select  “We wanna travel in the same Compartment” then you you a private Compartment just for you.

 

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Swedish Trains via SJ.se (Swedish Rail)

Select your Route and click then on travelers
No add the correct amount of travelers and click on Add SJ Prio/periodticket
Select from the list Interrailpass / Eurailpass
Now enter your PassCoverNumber (MobilePass user can request one from Customer Service) The checking prices the system accept I (India) + 8numbers (Interrail) or E + 8numbers (Eurail)
You will then see different results i select the Nighttrain to show the different options on a Nighttrain :)
Here you finally see the different options from a Seat via Couchette up to Private Sleeper Compartments.

 

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Domestic Reservations within Poland can be booked just 30days in advance on 
 Intercity.pl 

PKP´s own Manual (thanks for the Link Rian)

You can reserve domestic Journey´s on Intercity.pl Reservations for TLK and IC and EIC (Eurocity) cost 1Zloty arround 25 cents. 
Reservations for EIP the Highspeedtrains (sometimes not much faster) cost 40Zloty arround 10€  

 

Select your domestic Route in Poland within the next 30days. 
Select your connection Here you can see that the EIP (Highspeedtrain) is not much faster click finally on choose 
You get this menu please select how many travelers will travel with a discount and how many will use a normal fare. Next step select the discount from the Drop down menu



 

Finally add your Name and the Number of Your railpass either Digitalone or PassCoverNumber here you see the 1zloty reservation for the EIP it would be 40Zloty
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Reservations for Eurostar and Thalys trains and TGV Brussel-France

 

Booking reservations for Eurostar and Thalys trains is possible via:

  • Interrail.eu (2€ booking fee per person and train).
  • B-Europe website (4€ booking fee per booking, Pass Cover Number needed, request it here), SNCB/NMBS ticket office or by phone
  • NS International ticket office or by phone.
  • French railways ticket office or by phone (press #85 for English, no booking fee, delivery via e-mail).
  • Swiss ticket office or by phone (delivery by postal mail).
  • Thalys Call Centre for Thalys trains by phone (+ 9 EUR booking fee)

 

Reservation costs:

  • Eurostar: 30 EUR in Standard (2nd class) and 38 EUR Standard premier (1st class). 
  • Eurostar to/from Amsterdam and Rotterdam: 35 EUR Standard and 43 EUR Standard premier
  • Thalys: Paris - Belgium and Germany - Belgium
    2nd class “standard”: €25, 1st class “comfort”: €25

  • Thalys: Paris - Germany and Paris - Netherlands
    2nd class “standard”: €30, 1st class “comfort”: €30

  • Thalys: Lille - Belgium - Netherlands
    2nd class “standard”: €20, 1st class “comfort”: €20

Business Premier (Eurostar) and Premium (Thalys) can’t be booked by pass holder.

 

These reservations are quota-controlled, so you can book only some seats that are for pass users.

  • If a Thalys train is not completely full, you can buy a reservation before entering the train at the train manager, also when the pass quota is full. (Passengers on the route Brussel-Collogne tell this possibility. If also other routes are possible not known). 

How to avoid Thalys trains:

  • Use reservation free Intercity (direct) Brussel-Antwerp-Rotterdam-Schiphol Airport-Amsterdam. They run hourly.
  • Use ICE trains (optional reservation – see overview for Germany) between Brussel-Liege-Aachen-Cologne (they often have cancellations or delays, have as plan b to use IC trains to Verviers and from there L trains to Aachen and from there RE trains to Cologne.)
  • Use TGV trains (reservation compulsory) Paris-Lille and from Lille Flanders local trains to Belgium

How to avoid Eurostar trains: Use busses via Eurotunnel (not in pass network), or ships from England to mainland Europe (conditions apply).

 

TGV trains Brussel-France booking possible via:

  • Interrail.eu (2€ booking fee per person and train)
  • b-europe website for TGV services Brussel - Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy (Disneyland Paris) and Brussel - Aéroport Charles de Gaulle TGV (Paris CDG Airport) (4€ booking fee per booking, Pass Cover Number needed, request it here
  • travel.b-europe website for national rides in France (4€ booking fee per booking, Pass Cover Number needed, request it here
  • SNCB/NMBS ticket office or by phone
  • Via French railways ticket office or by phone (press #85 for English, no booking fee, delivery via e-mail).
  • Via a Swiss ticket office or by phone (delivery by postal mail).
  • Via NS International ticket office or by phone.

cost: 20 Euro 2nd class and 30 Euro first class

 

If you have questions, please ask them in a new topic, to not overload this one.

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Reservations for TGV Lyria

 

Booking reservations for TGV Lyria trains is possible via:

  • Interrail.eu/Eurail.com (2€ booking fee per person and train).
  • SNCB/NMBS ticket office or by phone
  • travel.b-europe website for national rides in France (4€ booking fee per booking, Pass Cover Number needed, request it here
  • French railways ticket office or by phone (press #85 for English, no booking fee, delivery via e-mail).
  • SNCF Ticket Machines for rides in France
  • Swiss ticket office or by phone (delivery by postal mail).
  • NS International ticket office or by phone.

Costs:

  • International rides: 37€ in 2nd class and 70€ in 1st class. (prices by seat61, Interrail.eu says 29€ or 57€, but I can’t check this via the reservation service)
  • National rides in France: 10€ or 20€ in both classes

Interrail.eu/Eurail.com can only book 20€ reservations for the moment

  • National rides in Switzerland: reservation not needed and not possible

 

Reservations for International rides are quota-controlled, so you can book only some seats that are for pass users.

This trains can be used in Switzerland without reservations. In France there is a compulsory reservation, but all seats can be booked by pass holders.

 

How to avoid the high reservation costs of TGV Lyria trains on international trips:

  • From/to Geneva/Lousanne: use TER local trains Geneva-Lyon (reservation not needed and not possible) and from there many TGVs run to Paris and other French and international destinations (compulsory reservation).
  • From/to Zürich/Basel: use TER local trains to Mulhouse or Strasbourg (reservation not needed and not possible) and from there TGV/ICE trains to Paris or other French destinations (compulsory reservation)

 

If you have questions, please ask them in a new topic, to not overload this one.

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@rebublic Please create a new own topic with your question and you will get advice there. This thread is not for questions. 

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Ok thanks for the information. What I read here in the community is that they often say not possible even when it would be, but maybe Thalys and Eurostar can't be booked directly via SNCF call center? They can book other international destinations like to Barcelona or Germany. SNCF Call Center is something weard, do accept only some cards, sometimes they do not reserve seats, sometimes yes. 

@rvdborgt do you know something more about it?

My knowledge is the same. SNCF can book Thalys and Eurostar but it seems they often refuse to do so via the phone.

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@Ongong Please ask the question in an extra post and not here! Thanks.

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Several Italian Trains - I always  notice “tickets not available”
Via the ÖBB app / site is it not possible to get tickets/reservations - i.g.  Pisa - Florence.  
After entering in the website ‘discount’  and wanting to add a reservation only, I see for all the trains: “tickets not available”
Does that mean that we can enter the train with our Interrail card without a reservation? 
For the trip Milan - Padua we had to pay a reservation…
What is normal in Italy?

Hi, you have to click on one way ticket and not on only a seat (reservation). 

On that, you don’t need reservations for local trains on Pisa to Florence route. On this route don’t take long distance trains, because the ride is short. 

 

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