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How do you use the EuroRail Select Pass once activated? Travel between Lille & Amsterdam

How can I use my select pass once it is activated? I plan on going to Amsterdam this weekend to Lille. Do I show up at the train station without a reservation? I had difficulties getting answers from the info booth at Lille Flanders and at the ticket booth.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 07, 2012 21:44
    Hi Lindsay,

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets. Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. Therefore, you would need to have reservations in many cases.

    A connection between Lille and Amsterdam would involve changing trains once in either Brussels or Antwerp along the way.

    Trains from Lille to Brussels are high-speed trains that will require reservations. However, there are many regular trains between Brussels and Amsterdam that don't even accept reservations, in which case, your pass is all you would need to board. You can distinguish the non-reservable trains from the reservable trains on this route by their train numbers. The non-reservable trains from Brussels to Amsterdam will have train numbers in the 9200 series, while the trains on this route that will require reservations will have train numbers in the 9300 series.

    Direct trains between Lille and Antwerp are regular trains that do not accept reservations, so the pass is all you would need to board. These trains are labeled as 'TER' trains on our site and have 5 digit train numbers.

    About half of the trains from Antwerp to Amsterdam are regular trains that don't even accept reservations, in which case, the rail pass is all you would need to board. The other half are high-speed trains that will require reservations. The non-reservable trains from Antwerp to Amsterdam will have train numbers in the 9200 series, while the trains on this route that will require reservations will have train numbers in the 9300 series.

    You can view schedules for these routes by entering the requested cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. For each of these routes, you would piece together the connections by doing a separate search for each segment of the trip (i.e. one search for trains from Lille to Brussels and another search for connecting trains from Brussels to Amsterdam).

    To make your actual reservations on any of the reservable trains mentioned above, you would click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage.
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