If I have a rail pass, do I still have to purchase reservations?

I'm planning to purchase a rail pass for another trip I'm doing later this year. Do I need to purchase reservations too?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) January 06, 2015 22:36
    Thank you for your question, Barry.

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on a pass. 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.

    Generally, high-speed trains connect most larger cities and more popular destinations in Western Europe. In countries like France and Italy, for instance, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations would be required for many trips in those countries.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted. Most reservable trains in Europe can generally be booked only within 90 days (or sometimes 60 days) of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date, some time within the next 90 or 60 days, to get an idea of reservation costs and view schedules when searching a route on our site.

    There are many reservable trains in Europe that can sell out quickly. Therefore, it would be recommended that reservations be purchased as soon as it becomes possible, prior to departing for Europe.
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