Reservation price difference between Bahn and Eurail?

  • 12 July 2022
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The journey in question is Strasbourg → Munich on the 22nd of July at 10:50. The journey is through 3 trains (1 regional and the rest ICE).

When I book on Eurail, I’m having to pay about 32 euros per train (8 euro x 4 passengers). So this amounts to 64 euros for the entire journey.

But when I plug the same info into the Bahn website, I’m getting 8 euros for the entire journey?

I know what a bargain is but this seems a bit much :) Have I done something wrong or is there something I’m not aware of?


Best answer by AnnaB 12 July 2022, 13:11

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That's because Eurail adds a fee of 2 EUR per person and ticket (train). At you get the reservation for one journey, which can be several trains, for 4.50 EUR. It should be 18 EUR on


The advice from the experienced travellers in the community is to only make reservations through the Interrail/Eurail website if no other option is available. 


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 ticket in addition to the fee for the seat reservation.

 Activation of pass

During the activation process, when you choose the start day of the validity of the pass, the first day of the validity period is automatically made a travel day, even if you don't enter a journey, the advice is therefore not to activate the pass before the first travel day as you only can deactivate the pass before 00.00 on the day the validity starts. If your travel plans change in the last moment you will loose travel days if you have activated the pass in advance.

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, 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.

@AnnaB Thank you, this was very helpful.

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I get 18 EUR for the connection you mention for 4 persons.