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Purchasing reservations with a rail pass? Reservation costs?

I am currently trying to book reservations for my Eurail pass. When I purchased it, it was my understanding that I could make a reservation for a small fee (like $7), however it is coming up $38 and more. One is $100 for an overnight train. Am I doing it wrong?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 07, 2017 21:34
    Hi Teresa,

    Not necessarily. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling.

    Reservation costs can vary. On certain trains, reservation costs can run higher. However, that does not mean that rail passes are never the most economical option for itineraries involving such trains. The most economical option for an itinerary depends on the specific itinerary itself.

    The purpose of a rail pass is to cover ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass still can often work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

    On most reservable trains in Europe, the 'Passholder' rates (reservation costs) range between $4 and about $50. On overnight trains, reservation costs can run even higher, since it would be space in an actual sleeping compartment being reserved rather than just a seat.
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