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I’m confused

Do I need to reserve seats for Eurail global first class tickets? How do I get around reservation fees??

I have a Eurail first class global pass and was told that with a first class pass I wouldn't need to reserve seats. However I'm finding that train stations are saying I do but these reservations are proving to be quiet expensive considering I've already paid for the Eurail pass... Has anyone else come across this? Should I just be trying my luck and hopping on a train without a reservation and with only my Eurail pass(so no ticket)?

So far I've gone from Paris, Barcelona and Milan... Costs to reserve seem to be around $100-150 usd which is around the same price for an economy ticket. I understand different comfort levels but I can't see the value of the pass at present with such high reservation fees that seem to be compulsory or highly recommended...

Would love some help on this... Thanks
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  • Reservations will be mandatory on all highspeed and overnight trains as well as most trains traveling to, from or within France, Spain and Italy. There are also some Scenic trains in Switzerland which will require the purchase of a reservation. When reservations are required, the conductor can charge passengers the cost of a full priced ticket as well as a fine for boarding without a reservation.

    Daytime trains generally cost less than overnight trains. Some trains have limited space for rail pass users and we highly recommend that you purchase your reservations as far in advance as possible to avoid sold out trains.
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  • I understand reservations are needed but it's not clear if I have to pay extra. I am purchasing a first class select eurail pass and plan on using some overnight trains
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 17, 2012 13:59
    Hi Maria,

    Reservations are required on all overnight trains. Therefore, if you are taking an overnight train, you would make reservations for it. Reservation costs for sleeping compartments are more than for seat reservations, since it is an actual sleeping space that is being reserved. These costs vary by train and the type of compartment being reserved. For instance, space in a private single compartment will cost more to reserve than space in a shared 6 passenger couchette.

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. In western Europe, many major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips.

    You can check reservation costs and make reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of our website www.raileurope.com. There you would proceed to enter each of the requested city-pairs, as well as preferred dates and times.

    To view the type of sleeping compartment on a night train, you would click 'Select' listed with the fares when you pull up the results of your search on our website for a particular night train.

    If a particular train displays when you do a search under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass', then it would be another indicator that you might want to purchase reservations on that train. If a particular direct train doesn't display from such a search, then it is possible that the train doesn't accept reservations or else reservations are not necessary. If you have questions regarding a specific route, then please let us know.
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