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Paris to Frankfurt without planner app

  • 11 November 2021
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I am trying to find a way to book seats on the TGV trains between Luxembourg to Paris and Paris to Frankfurt online with the ability to use my Interrail cover number. I can't find any retailer that let me do this, except maybe the Interrail planner app reservation function. Since I bought my pass from a Swedish retailer I am not able to use the app for reservations… Is there any other site I can possibly use? I guess the only other option I have is to book these trains separately and pay full price :(

Since this is my first time traveling with trains outside Sweden I’m not familiar with booking train tickets at stations, but do you think that there will be any seats left if I book these seats like 2 days ahead in Paris when I get there at the ticket office? Or is the pressure on tickets too high on the high speed trains to be able to get any in such a short time ahead? I rather not be stuck in Paris :)

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Best answer by rvdborgt 11 November 2021, 16:23

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You don't need the app for reservations, although using it should be possible as far as I know. Reservations are completely separate from the pass.

For international TGVs from/to France, there is always a risk that the quota for Interrail (a French speciality) is full.

You should also be able to use the Interrail website, although I see that the Paris - Luxembourg TGVs never have a price (not even on a Wednesday end of January), so it looks like there's some kind of problem; I just sent a bug report to Interrail about this. Another option is to use a domestic TGV Paris - Metz and change to a regional train to Luxembourg.

For Paris - Frankfurt, the Interrail website does give prices (13 EUR reservation + 2 EUR booking fee, electronic ticket).

You could also try booking by phone via Belgian railways. They can book both of these trains. For Interrail reservations, they don't charge a booking fee but you'll have to pay for the phone call of course. They will send reservations via email if available in electronic format and they don't need any pass number.

Thanks for the idea about phoning the Belgian railways!

According to the app and the website I cannot use the Eurorail/Interrail booking tool since I didn't my my pass directly from the official site, but from a local distributor. That apparently makes it impossible to use that tool. I could use the online tool if I had a paper pass but I don’t there were only mobile passes available. I still have my pass cover number from my purschase mail so I can't really see why Interrail wouldn't let me use the online booking tool. 

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You should be able to use the Interrail reservation service with any Interrail pass bought anywhere:

https://www.interrail.eu/en/plan-your-trip/reservations/get-started-reservations

I haven't booked anything with it though because they charge extra fees. But I also have the comfort of living close to a rail station where I can book many reservations.

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Hi Johan, just to confirm, you should be able to book your reservations through our system - regardless of where you bought your Pass. Alternatively you can also book your reservations with the train carriers directly, like rvdborgt suggested. 

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