If i get 2 month eurail global pass, it says include 23 country..why do i have to pay for reservation?

Im planning to travel the third week of july for 2 month in first class.. i dont have any itinerary ..im just taking one lugage and live day by day.. i dont understand the reservation with fees... why do we need to pay fees if it says include 23 country.. how much are the fees? and because im in first class its gonna be more? im just trying to plan my budget.. thought if i get the 2 month..i wont need to worry about more spending..

how long usually you need to make reservation... how do u know wich country you need to make reservation and how long before..
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  • and im planning to go to Nice(france) the 27august to 1 september
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 27, 2012 14:34
    Hello,

    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 that cover more substantial distances. If you will be traveling through that many countries, a rail pass would definitely be your best option.

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, 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.

    For planning, you can just view schedules by entering the requested cities under 'Check Fares and Schedules' on the homepage of our website and clicking the option to 'Check Schedules'. To make your actual reservations and check reservation costs on any reservable trains, you would click on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on the homepage. In some trains, the reservation fee might be higher in 1st class than in 2nd class. If you wish, you can reserved a seat in 2nd class if you'll be traveling with a 1st class rail pass. However, you would not be able to reserve a seat in 1st class if you'll be traveling with a 2nd class rail pass.

    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.

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

    If a particular train doesn't accept reservations, then the rail pass is all you would need to board that train.

    If a particular train displays when you do a search under 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' on our website, then it would be one indicator that you might want to purchase reservations on that train. If a particular train doesn't display from such a search, then it is likely that the train doesn't accept reservations or else reservations are not necessary. If you have questions regarding a specific train, please let us know.
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