How do make make a reservation with my Eurail Pass?

I have my Eurail pass and will be leaving on my trip in 3 weeks. I understand that some (if not most) of the trains I will be taking require a purchased reservation. I am not clear how and when I can purchase the needed reservation. Is this done at the station or can it be purchased on line or via the Eurail app?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) August 16, 2017 16:21
    Hi Roger,

    Many trains that require reservations can sell out, especially during this time of year. Therefore, it is recommended that reservations be purchased in advance, prior to departing for Europe. Reservations can be purchased at stations, but you never know when a train will be sold out, depending on the route.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on the homepage of our main website (, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. When you pull up the results of a 'passholder' reservation search on our website, each departure that displays should come attached with a message that says either 'Reservation Required', 'Reservation Recommended', or 'Non Reservable'.

    If you wish to verify with regard to a particular route, please let us know.
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