How much extra would reservations cost?

if I buy a Eurail Global Pass and want to take several overnight train rides, approximately how much would the extra reservation fee be? I'm wanting to travel Europe and sleep on the train sometimes between cites to see the most I can. Is the extra fee a small fee of $10 or so, or would I be looking at a fee that would be so high that I should just stay in a hotel and travel by day? also the extra fee for Paris to London? Your best guess is fine, I just need an estimate.
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  • I am shopping also---I find it very difficult to pin down the exact cost....generally i understand things, however the vast number of outlets trying to sell me the pass and the "extra costs" depending when and how I want to travel...there is extra cost to use the high speed trains, and extra costs to use the night line.....maybe its me!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 14, 2016 19:04
      Hi Stephen,

      A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations would be required for many of your trips there.

      For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase 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.

      For some itineraries, a rail pass is the most economical option. For others, regular tickets are the most economical option. We encourage comparing both options. Our website is unique in that it does offer both options. Therefore, users are able to shop freely and choose between either purchasing a rail pass (with reservations) or purchasing regular point-to-point tickets.

      When considering the option of a rail pass, you would just have to be sure to factor in any 'passholder' reservation costs.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 14, 2016 18:57
    Hello,

    I'm sorry, as we are not able to provide or verify prices through this forum.
    For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase 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 (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass').

    When you pull up the results of your search, you would check the type of sleeping compartments being offered for any night train by clicking the 'View' button underneath the fares that display.

    Only certain night trains offer seating accommodations, but all will have sleeping compartments of various kinds. Reservation costs for sleeping compartments on night trains are (generally) more than for seat reservations on day trains, since it is an actual sleeping space that is being reserved. These costs vary by train and are based on 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 and a Gran Class or Deluxe double compartment (only offered on some night trains) will cost more to reserve than a regular double compartment.

    For sleeping compartments, the class of service is generally determined by how many people a particular compartment sleeps. Single and double compartments are typically considered 1st class, while triple compartments, 4 passenger couchettes and 6 passenger couchettes are typically considered 2nd class accommodations. Therefore, if you wish to reserve one compartment for as many as 3, 4 or 6 passengers, then you would just have to expect that it would be considered 2nd class. In that sense, you can often just disregard class of service on night trains.

    Please note that not all routes will have direct overnight trains or feasible overnight connections. Night trains only operate on certain routes, between cities that are a considerable enough distance from one another.

    If you'd like to verify costs shown on our website, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.
    • Jeff (Official Rep) July 14, 2016 19:11
      Regarding the Eurostar, it would be important to note that the Eurostar (the train that connects London with the Europe mainland in either Paris or Brussels) is actually not fully covered by any rail pass. With that said, by purchasing a Eurail Global Pass, you would be able to receive a discounted rate called the ‘passholder’ rate for a ticket on this train. Since the Eurostar is not fully covered by any rail pass, its passholder rates would be higher than the typical reservation costs on reservable trains in other parts of Europe.

      You would check the passholder rates on a Eurostar train by entering the route on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) and indicating the type of pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Global Pass'). Incidentally, this is the same procedure you would follow for booking reservations on trains in Europe, that of which are covered by rail passes.

      The Eurostar is unique in that it can generally be booked up to 6 to 9 months in advance of a departure. Due to high demand, the passholder rates on the Eurostar can sell out very quickly, so it would be recommended that these tickets be purchased as soon as possible.
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