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Timetable shows "No trains available" for Thalys 2 months in advance

  • 6 October 2022
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I am trying to plan my trip starting at December 22, but every platform, both the interrail site and app, give the notification that they dont have the train times for these dates yet. The times of the Thalys for example are already on their website but they are still missing on the Interrailwebsite. Does anyone know when these will be published? Or if you can just plan them with websites of the local trainsystem? Thanks!

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Best answer by AnnaB 6 October 2022, 14:12

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It is better to both plan and make the reservation for Thalys here:

https://www.b-europe.com/EN/Booking/Pass#TravelWish

You need a PCN, which you can generate here,

https://community.eurail.com/news-and-announcements-39/pass-cover-number-generator-is-live-5653

to make the reservation.

 

Here is some useful information from the experienced travellers in the Community regarding both planning, reservations and activation of pass and travel days. 

 Planning

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. 

 Reservations 

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:

https://community.eurail.com/train-connections-reservations-47/how-to-get-reservations-105

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, 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 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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