My girlfriend and I are both students studying abroad to france this summer, specifically from June 22nd to July 23rd. We will be staying in Marseille, France for the majority of our time abroad however we have time available over the weekends to travel wherever we’d like. In an attempt to be organized we purchased Eurail passes so that we could book/reserve our trains ahead of time without any stress or potential mishaps at the stations. (No one wants to miss a pre-scheduled tour of the Eiffel tower.) We plan to travel to Paris, Luxembourg, and Rome each subsequent weekend that we have available. The issue, however, is that we have been attempting to book these trains for awhile now and have absolutely no clue whether some of them are reserved or not. Most, if not all, of the trains on the app state that we need seat reservations, but some of our trips will not allow us to purchase the reservations. We have managed to do so for our trip to Paris, but not for our return, while Luxembourg and Italy are completely unavailable as of right now. (Some of them are only unavailable for portions of the trips which makes this process even more confusing) With only some of the QR codes and seat reservations done, we are definitely scared of being stranded on one of our trips and thus look for any assistance we can get. Are we supposed to expect to be able to get on the train without a reservation, purchase one in-person at the station, or are they simply sold out? Is it even necessary that we go through this trouble to reserve seats at all? The app and website clarify little to nothing on their own and so I come to the community here for help.
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