New pass and reservations

  • 23 March 2023
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My interrail pass expired and I bought a new one. Since I activated my new pass I haven't been able to make seat reservations. The interrail website says my pass isn't valid - but it is. 


Best answer by AnnaB 23 March 2023, 22:16

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You don't need an active pass to make reservations, and the recommendation is to only active the pass just before boarding the first train of your travel. Please read more about that below. 

The recommendation from the experienced travellers in the community is to only make reservations through the Eurail website if no other options are available. Please als read more about that 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 train in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.

 Activation of pass

During the activation process you choose the start day of the validity of the pass. Once the validity has started it can't be changed even if you haven't travelled. The advice is therefore to wait with activating the pass and starting the validity until the first day of your travel as you only can deactivate the pass no later than 23.59 CET on the day before the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you can't deactivate the pass and change the validity. 

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 and create the ticket (QR code), 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.

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Where are you travelling?. As @AnnaB says, you don’t need a pass to make reservations, although some sites ask for them. 

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You need a purchased pass linked to your interrail account in order to use the interrail website seat booking service.

The pass does not require activation for this.


It sounds like the expired pass is still linked but the additional one isn’t. You can add/remove these on the website.