I’m looking for trains Paris Lyon - Milano Porta Garibaldi and Paris Gare du Nord - Brussels Midi. Price of ticket for first route in august is 29€ on SNCF page, while seat reservation for my interrail pass costs 31€. Same situation for second route. On Thalys page ticket for this train costs 29€, while seat reservation in app costs 25€. Is there any way to bypass such big fees?
Best answer by rvdborgtView original
If you book early, this can happen, certainly when French railways are involved, with their expensive reservations for international trains.
Paris - Brussels can be done cheaper but takes more time, e.g. via Lille (TGV Paris - Lille has 10€ reservations if you're in time).
Also see this page on avoiding trains with reservations.
The very best way is to CHANGE plans and not use those expensive hi-speed trains. THis pass is not really meant to just tick off a few big cities by sitting in the most expensive trains-but rather to explore the many smaller lines and byways to discover real EURope.