With Eurail Global Pass, do I need to pay extra when I make reservations? London-Paris, Paris-Switzerland, Switzerland-Austria, Austria-Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Amsterdam, Amsterdam-Belgium, and Belgium to London

I will be arriving in London in May last week.my plan is to visit the following placesLondon - ParisParis - SwitzerlandSwitzerland to AustriaAustria FrankfurtFrankfurt Amsterdam Amsterdam to Belgium Belgium back to LondonI am planning to buy global pass and part from that what would be costfor reservation of seat etc.when I make reservation using global pass still I need to pay extra?please guide me on this.appreciate thankssri
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 17, 2019 17:56
    Hi Sri,

    For the Eurail Global Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880.

    For the most comfortable experience, 1st class is recommended.

    The objective of a rail pass is to cover the 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 considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.

    Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’).

    Reservations are required on the high-speed Eurostar, which is the train that goes from London to Paris (for your first trip) and Brussels to London (for your last trip).

    Reservations are required on the high-speed TGV Lyria, which is the train that runs connects Paris to certain hubs in Switzerland, including Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Bern, and Zurich.

    Trains operating within Switzerland generally do not even accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board once you get into Switzerland (after arriving on the TGV Lyria from Paris).

    A connection from Switzerland to Austria often would involve taking a Railjet train. These run from Zurich to cities like Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Vienna. On the Railjet trains, reservations are not required, but they are recommended.

    A connection from somewhere in Austria to Frankfurt would likely involve taking a high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) train at least for part of the way. On ICE trains, reservations are not required, but they are recommended.

    From Frankfurt to Amsterdam, you would take a direct ICE train. Once again, reservations are not required on ICE trains, but they are recommended.

    Between Amsterdam and Belgium, you would end up taking either a regular IC (InterCity) train or a high-speed Thalys train. The IC trains do not even accept reservations, so the Eurail Global Pass would be all you'd need to board. The Thalys trains require reservations as a supplement to the pass.

    Passholder reservations can sell out quickly on the Eurostar, TGV Lyria, and Thalys. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that these reservations be purchased as soon as possible.
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