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"Reservation cannot be made" error message when trying to book a train from Berlin to Gdynia

  • 26 May 2024
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I’m trying to book a train from Berlin to Gdynia (a journey with RE1 then EC59 connection) on the DB website. In the journey details, it says that the EC59 requires compulsory reservation. However, when I’m trying to continue with the booking, this error message popped up: 

“Reservation cannot be made

Unfortunately, a reservation is not possible for this connection. Due to compulsory reservation, a booking is therefore not possible. Please choose another connection.”

so I cannot do the booking. Can someone help me on how to book tickets for this journey online? It’s stressing me out haha.

 

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Best answer by AnnaB 26 May 2024, 08:28

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Reservations for the EC between Germany and Poland can't be made online. You should be able to make the reservation at a DB ticket office. 

Reservations for the EC between Germany and Poland can't be made online. You should be able to make the reservation at a DB ticket office. 

If that’s the case, is it possible to buy the tickets ahead of time? I’m worried if I’m only going to buy the ticket in-person at the DB ticket office once I’m already in Germany which would be too last minute and risky. I thought there would be a risk of tickets being sold out or tickets being too expensive because last minute price fluctuation. How do people usually deal with this matter if they prefer a peace of mind by planning their trip months ahead, booking reservations early?

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Do you need a ticket or a seat reservation? If you have an Interrail/Eurail pass you only need a seat reservation and those always cost the same. 

 

@seewulf Do you have more information on the reservation between Germany and Poland?

Do you need a ticket or a seat reservation? If you have an Interrail/Eurail pass you only need a seat reservation and those always cost the same. 

 

@seewulf Do you have more information on the reservation between Germany and Poland?

I believe I need both. I don’t plan on getting the Interrail/Eurail pass, and I plan on buying individual journey tickets instead. From what I understand, i need to have tickets for both connection (RE1 from Berlin to Frankfurt(order) and EC59 from Frankfurt(order) to Gdynia), and I also need a seat reservation for EC59 and not on the RE1. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Ideally, i just want to buy a ticket and reservation for the whole journey online and ahead of time for convenience, but I’m noticing it’s not that straightforward. Can you advise me on what’s the best way for me to deal with this matter? Thank you!

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If you buy normal tickets the compulsory reservations are included. 

If you buy normal tickets the compulsory reservations are included. 

I see. Is the only way to buy normal tickets through in-person DB ticket office then? because the error message that popped up when I’m trying to buy through the DB website. 

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What’s the travel date? Tickets become on sale 60 days in advance on this route (59 for the best Sparpreis fares). I tried a random June date on DB Navigator and it worked fine.

What’s the travel date? Tickets become on sale 60 days in advance on this route (59 for the best Sparpreis fares). I tried a random June date on DB Navigator and it worked fine.

It’s going to be on July 23rd. This exact journey:

 

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I presume it has to do with the works that week (train starts in Frankfurt (Oder) instead of Berlin). The following days show the same message.

The Polish website doesn't offer anything yet for that date either. I'd check back in a few days.

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