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Trains where no reservation is needed

  • 11 July 2022
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Hello everybody,

I want to travel from Strasbourg (France) to Kassel (Germany). 

For the first train from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe a reservation is needed. For the second train, from Karlsruhe to Kassel, there is no reservation needed. When I want to buy this connection, I only have a reservation for the first train, for the second not. And that confuses me. 

When I bought my tickets for my outward journey from Germany to France, I had one train with reservation and one without, too. But there the train without reservation was booked too, so in my Mobile pass I have a ticket for that train. 

 

What do I have to do now?  How can I book trains where no reservation is needed?

(I have a mobile pass)

 

Best regards

Johanna

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Best answer by AnnaB 12 July 2022, 10:26

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Und du bist je DE-also sollte doch DB kennen, oder?

Du haetest alles ganz ohne extra Zahlen (ab Strassb) machen koenne im Nahverkehr ueber Rheinbruecke=grenze, nach Offenburg. ICE haben alle ja bloss freiwillige RES-wenn mann wollst, kannste ganz einfach selber machen auf bahn.de-nur sitz, 4,50 zahlen. Ob es dies wert ist? Verspaeting sind immer mehr und haeufiger und grosser.

In the pass you can just add any train/connection-zB Nahverkehr-without ay RES-these are completely apart from one anohter.

So if I add a train connection in the app under “My Trip”, then it is a valid ticket? 

But then I don't unterstand why my reservations I already booked are not displayed under “My Trip”.

 

Another problem is that I only have one outward journey and one return journey in my country Of residence, so if I change trains in Germany, I only can choose one train to be my return journey. But there is no direct way from Strasbourg to Kassel without changing trains.

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So if I add a train connection in the app under “My Trip”, then it is a valid ticket? 

You need to connect the journey from your "Trip" to the pass and create your ticket (QR code). Do this just before boardingthe train.

But then I don't unterstand why my reservations I already booked are not displayed under “My Trip”.

The reservations are separate from your app. You need to enter all journeys in your Trip, even those where you have reservations.

Another problem is that I only have one outward journey and one return journey in my country Of residence, so if I change trains in Germany, I only can choose one train to be my return journey. But there is no direct way from Strasbourg to Kassel without changing trains.

You can use 2 travel days in your home country, not 2 trains.

 

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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 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.

Thank you very much for your answers, it helped a lot :)

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