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Do I need reservation between Basel and Interlaken?

I am traveling from Paris to Interlaken. I have reservations from Paris to Basel, but was not offered any reservations in my booking from Basel to Interlaken.

Do I just board the train at Basel? What is there are no seats? What would be my options then?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 19, 2012 16:15
    Hi,

    With the exception of a few trains designated as specialty Swiss trains, trains in Switzerland generally do not even accept reservations. Even when a particular train operating within Switzerland might accept reservations, they are not at all necessary. If you purchased tickets for a connection from Paris to Interlaken, you would have been issued a ticket for the segment from Paris to Basel that would include a reservation, and a separate ticket, called an 'open ticket', for the segment from Basel to Interlaken that would not include a reservation. The trains from Basel to Interlaken just do not accept reservations, so the open ticket we issued to you is all you would need to board. As these trains do not accept reservations, there would be open seating. You would not have any difficulty finding open seats.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 19, 2012 16:17
    If a particular train requires reservations, then the reservation is automatically included with any ticket purchase for that train, and the ticket would generally not be able to be used for any train other than the train the ticket was booked for.

    If a particular train does not accept or require reservations, then we would issue what is called an 'open ticket' for that route, which would not even reflect actual departure and arrival times (even though you would still be selecting a specific train on our website). Open tickets are valid to take any single train operating between the cities listed on the ticket for a 1 month time period beginning on the date you performed your search for when you placed your order. There is open seating on such trains, since they are trains that do not accept reservations.

    You can view whether or not a reservation is included for a particular train by clicking on the 'Select' link listed with the fares when you pull up the initial results of your schedule search. For most trains that require reservations, tickets called 'combined tickets' are sold, meaning the reservation is included in the same document as the ticket, and the ticket would not be able to be used for any other train. For such trains, it would mention the reservation under the one of the bullet-points where it says '1st Class Seat' or '2nd Class Seat' right after clicking 'Select' for a fare.

    For some trains that require reservations, an open ticket would be sold, like the open ticket mentioned above; however, a reservation would also be issued as a separate document, along with the open ticket. In this case, if you miss the train you book initially on our website, you would lose the reservation portion, but the ticket portion would still be valid for you to take a later train (any single train operating between the cities listed on the ticket for a 1 month time period beginning on the date you performed your search for when you placed your order).

    You can tell such a train under 'Ticket Flexibility' after you click on 'Select' for a particular fare. If it lists the ticket and the reservation separately under 'Ticket Flexibility' (with the ticket being 85% refundable and the reservation being non-refundable and non-exchangeable), then you would know an open ticket (valid for use on a later train) and a reservation (not valid for a later train) would be issued as separate documents.
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    I was not offered a reservation for my Zurich Locarno leg (on my Paris to Locarno trip). When I go to the SBB web pages, it says that this segment IS available for reservations. But, I cannot figure out how to make that reservation, if RailEurope cannot do it for me....
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