This topic was merged into another on Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:49:46 +0000 Click here to see the authoritative topic.

Do I need to buy reservations when traveling with a Eurail Global Pass?

I am planning on buying a 15 day global pass to go around Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany this summer. Does this pass allow me to take any train I find, do I have to reserve a train, or are there particular trains that this pass only works with?
1 person has
this question
+1
Reply
  • Your railpass allows you to travel on the national rail networks of the countries covered by the pass you purchase. It does not guarantee you a seat reservation or sleeping accommodation on overnight trains. To make sure you get the accommodations you desire, you must purchase a reservation. You can do this online at http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/poi....

    High speed trains, premier trains offering special services, and overnight trains often require a reservation supplement.

    With a railpass you pay a special passholder fare which varies depending on the kind of train and the service offered. The supplement includes the compulsory seat reservation and sometimes a meal aboard the train or other amenities.

    In general, seat reservations start at $11 USD per person, per train. Couchettes are only available on overnight trains. Couchettes start at $36 USD per person, per train.

    Please note that the number of seats available at the special passholder fare is limited. Advance booking is highly recommended.

    In general, we can only make seat reservations within 60 days of the train travel date. We are able to make reservations on some premier trains 90-120 days in advance. Since your travel date falls outside the general booking horizon, you can enter a date within the next 60 days for approximate fares and schedules.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly sad, anxious, confused, frustrated happy, confident, thankful, excited

  • So even though I have the pass I will still need to pay more money for each ticket? Also, do I have to reserve each train or can I just get on any train that has an open seat?
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited

  • Most trains within France, Spain and Italy will require a reservation for a minimal fee. Germany and Switzerland do not require reservations with the exception of the scenic trains in Switzerland. A list of the scenic trains can be found in the bottom right hand corner after using the following link http://www.raileurope.com/train-faq/.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited