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if I bought a first class eurorail global pass, then why am I paying additional money to book a reservation on trains,thallys and snf

additional reservation fees?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 03, 2013 14:43
    Hi Debbie,

    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. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe.

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains (including the Thalys and TGV), night trains, and many international routes. In western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many of your trips there.

    After you add the pass to your shopping cart, you would click 'Continue Shopping' to add your reservations. On the next screen, you would then click 'Buy a Reservation' under where it says 'Reservations for Pass Holders' (to check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.)

    Reservable trains can sell out quickly, especially during the busy Summer travel season, so I would recommend booking your reservations as soon as possible.

    Most trains in Europe can only be reserved within 60 or sometimes 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended date of travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, then you would just enter a date within the next 60 or 90 days to get an idea of the reservation cost and view schedules when searching a route.
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