True Reservations Guide For Eurail and InterRail Pass Users

Reservations Guide For Eurail and InterRail Pass Users

If you have opted to use a Eurail or InterRail pass, we thought at an a glance guide to the DAYTIME trains which DO and DON'T require reservation fees to be purchased before boarding would be useful.

TRAIN RESERVATIONS  BY COUNTRY

TRAINS AND TRAIN SERVICES ON WHICH RAIL PASS USERS MUST RESERVE PRIOR TO BOARDING

 

TRAINS AND TRAIN SERVICES WHICH DON'T REQUIRE RESERVATION FEES:

These trains and trains and train services fall into two categories.

(1) Train services on which reservations aren't available:

Because seat reservations aren't available to any traveller, rail pass users inevitably don't have to reserve either.

Virtually all local and regional trains across Europe are in this category, including these train services, that are most often encountered by rail pass users;

ALX   l    IR (Switzerland)   l   Øresundståg        

Regio            

Regionale   l     Regionale Veloce   l   TER 

Some of the independent railway lines in Switzerland, also come into this category, including the four largest:

MGB   l     MOB   l     RhB   l      ZB 

Seat reservations also aren't available on express trains in the Benelux countries, so rail pass users don't have to reserve on these train services:

 IC (Belgium)   l    IC (Netherlands)

Intercity Brussels   l    Intercity Direct               
       
(2) Train services on which reservations are OPTIONAL, but available:

Trains on which reservations are optional for Eurail and InterRail Pass Users
On these train services if you don't pay the optional seat reservation fees, finding seats on these trains is NOT guranteed.

*= National AND International trains

EC (within Austria)   l    EC Austria ↔ Germany

EC Austria ↔ Hungary

EC Austria ↔ Switzerland   

EC (within Czechia)   l   EC Czechia ↔ Hungary   

EC Czechia ↔ Slovakia

EC (within Denmark)   l   EC (within Germany)

EC Germany ↔ Czechnia

EC Germany ↔ Denmark (not between June 12 and September 4)

EC Germany ↔ Hungary   

EC Germany ↔ Slovakia

EC Germany ↔ Switzerland

EC Hungary  ↔ Slovakia

EC (within) Slovakia   l    EC (within Switzerland)

IC (Austria)   l    IC (Czechnia)   l    IC (Denmark)

IC (France) most routes

IC (Greece) seats must be reserved, but there is no charge

IC (Finland)   l    IC (Ireland)   l    IC (Switzerland)

IC (Germany)*    l    ICE trains*   l    Lyn 

Railjets*   l    Regiontog (free for 1st class pass users only) 

Reservations required on the Oslo - Bergen route.

Turkish exress trains  including the YHT trains.

Trains in Great Britain operated by:

Cross Country   l    East Midlands Trains*
 

Great Western Railway*    l    Greater Anglia*   

LNER    l    Scotrail* 

Trans Pennine Express    l    Virgin Trains

*Long distance routes only
 
TRAINS AND TRAIN SERVICES ON WHICH RAIL PASS USERS MUST RESERVE PRIOR TO BOARDING:

Trains on which Eurail and InterRail Pass Users Must Reserve Prior to Boarding

When availlable - click the train services below to find out the price of the reservations and how you can book them.

The price bands are for 2nd class reservations; *= 1st class reservations are in a higher price band.

Reservation fees are normally charged in local currency - so the € symbol can be a guide:

(i) RESERVATION FEES = UNDER €5 PER SEAT:

Alfa Pendular (Portugal)    l   Avant (Spain)

EC Germany  Denmark* between 12 June and 4 September

EC trains between Austria/Germany ↔ Slovenia/Croatia

EC trains Germany ↔ Poland

EC trains Poland ↔ Austria

EC trains Poland ↔ Czechia/Hungary/Slovakia

EC trains Hungary ↔ Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia

EC trains - within Hungary

Ekspressen (Bulgaria)    l   Intercity (Italy)

Media Distancia (Spain)    l   IC (Hungary)

IC (Ireland) - free with a 1st class pass

IC (Portugal)    l   IC (Slovakia)    l   IC (Romania)

ICS (Slovenia)    l   IR (Romania)

Regional (Bosnia and Herzegovina)     

SJ Intercity

(ii) RESERVATION FEES = €5 - €10 PER SEAT:

Altaria* (Spain)    l   Alvia* (Spain)    l   AVE* (Spain)

EC trains* Austria/Germany ↔ Italy

EIP    l   Euromed* (Spain)    l   Frecce

Intercités - certain routes only; price is €20 when the £10 reservations are sold out

Pendolino* (Finland)    l   Snabbtåg*

SuperCity (Czechia)    l   IC (Spain)    l   Talgo (Spain)

TGV - price is €20 when the £10 reservations are sold out

(iii) RESERVATION FEES = €11 - €20 PER SEAT:

DB-SNCF*    l   EC trains Switzerland ↔ Italy

Lyria - to/from French cities other than Paris)

RENFE-SNCF* - price depends on distance Lyon/Marseille ↔ Barcelona is under €20

TGB (TGV France  Belgium)*      

Thalys* to/from Belgium

(iv) RESERVATION FEES = MORE THAN €20 PER SEAT:

Eurostar    l   Lyria (to/from Paris)

RENFE-SNCF - longer distances including Paris ↔ Barcelona

TGV France-Italy

Thalys (Paris ↔ Germany/The Netherlands)

TRAIN RESERVATIONS  BY COUNTRY:

The lists of DAYTIME train services also includes the international train services to/from each country.

Austria -  NO Reservation Required:

EC (within Austria)   l    EC Austria ↔ Germany

EC Austria ↔ Hungary

EC Austria ↔ Switzerland   

IC (Austria)   l    ICE

Railjet  l    REX  l    S-Bahn

Austria -  Reservation Required:

EC trains between Austria ↔ Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia

EC trains Austria ↔ Poland

Belgium - NO Reservation Required:

All local trains

IC (Belgium)   l   Intercity Brussels

IC (France)   l   ICE

Belgium - Reservation Required:

Eurostar   l   Thalys 

TGB (TGV France  Belgium)*

Bulgaria - Reservation Required:

Ekspressen   l   EC trains

Czechia - NO Reservation Required:

ALX   l   EC (within Czechia) 

EC Czechia ↔ Hungary/Germany/Slovakia   

IC (Czechia)   l   Railjet

All other trains operated by CD - the Czech national rail company

Czechia -  Reservation Required:

SuperCity   l   EC trains Poland ↔ Czechia

Denmark - NO Reservation Required:

EC Germany ↔ Denmark (NOT between 12 June and 4 September)

Lyn   l   IC (Denmark)   l   Øresundståg

All other trains

Denmark -  Reservation Required:

EC Germany  Denmark* between 12 June and 4 September

Snabbtåg

France  -  NO Reservation Required:

Intercités most routes

TER   l   other cross border local trains

France  -  Reservation Required:

DB-SNCF   l   Eurostar

Intercités - certain routes only

RENFE-SNCF   l   Lyria   l   TGV

ThalysTGB (TGV France  Belgium)

TGV France-Italy

Germany - NO Reservation Required:

ALX   l   EC (within Germany)

EC Germany ↔ Austria

EC Germany ↔ Czechnia

EC Germany ↔ Denmark (not between June 12 and September 4)

EC Germany ↔ Hungary   

EC Germany ↔ Slovakia

EC Germany ↔ Switzerland

IC Berlijn    l    IC (Germany)    l    ICE

Regio    l    Railjet    l   S-Bahn

Germany - Reservation Required:

DB-SNCF

EC Germany  Denmark between 12 June and 4 September

EC trains Germany ↔ Poland

EC trains Germany ↔ Slovenia/Croatia

EC trains Germany ↔ Italy    l   Thalys 

Great Britain - NO Reservation Required:

Any domestic train service

Great Britain - Reservation Required:

Eurostar

Hungary - NO Reservation Required:

EC Hungary ↔ Austria

EC Hungary ↔ Czechia

EC Hungary ↔ Germany   

EC Hungary  ↔ Slovakia    l   Railjet 

Hungary - Reservation Required:

EC trains within Hungary    l   IC (Hungary)

Railjets within Hungary

EC trains Hungary ↔ Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia

Italy - NO Reservation Required:

Regionale   l     Regionale Veloce

Railjet   l    Other local cross border trains

Italy - Reservation Required:

EC trains Italy ↔ Switzerland

EC trains Italy ↔ Austria/Germany
   
Frecce   l    Intercity (Italy)

TGV France-Italy

Norway - NO Reservation Required:

Regiontog (all routes except Oslo - Bergen) 

All other trains

Norway - Reservation Required:

Regiontog on the Oslo - Bergen route.

Snabbtåg

Poland -  Reservation Required:

EC trains Poland ↔ Austria/Czechia/Germany/Hungary/Slovakia

EIP   l    EIC   l    IC   l    TLK

There is no charge for the EIC, IC and TLK trains, but seats must be reserved prior to boarding.

Sweden -  NO Reservation Required:

Øresundståg   l    SJ Regional

Sweden -  Reservation Required:

SJ Intercity   l    Snabbtåg

Switzerland -  NO Reservation Required

EC Trains within Switzerland

Lyria Trains within Switzerland

EC Switzerland ↔ Austria

EC Switzerland ↔ Germany


IC (Germany)    l    ICE    l    IC (Switzerland)

IR (Switzerland    l    Railjet    l    TER 

Switzerland -  Reservation Required

EC trains Switzerland ↔ Italy    l    Lyria

The Netherlands -  NO Reservation Required

 IC  l    IC Berlijn  l    ICE

Intercity Brussels   l    Intercity Direct  l   Sprinter

The Netherlands -  Reservation Required          

Eurostar   l    Thalys

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