For travel with a Eurail Global Pass, why is the reservation cost for trains from Paris to Strasbourg so high?

I have a global pass and I am trying to make my first reservation. I want to take the 6:55pm train from Paris to Strasbourg on May 5th and the insane price indicated for the reservation is 154$ (canadian dollars). Thing is, my friend who's actually in Paris right now has bought a reservation for the exact same train so that we can meet on this train and spend the rest of the trip together. And he paid 9€ for it. Why can't I make a reservation on the RailEurope website (even when I'm logged in) and pay the same price?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 24, 2014 14:52
    Hi Émile,

    It might be that you're looking up costs for regular tickets from Paris to Strasbourg (high-speed TGV Est trains) instead of just reservations. Since you'll be traveling with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our Canadian website, entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with when you're prompted (i.e. the Eurail Global Pass).

    To ensure a particular cost being quoted is the lowest possible reservation fee for a trip, you would click the 'View' for the fare under your preferred class of service. After you've clicked on 'View', you would then refer to where it says 'Ticket Flexibility' in the box that expands below the costs and click 'Read More' next to each of the flexibility options that display there (you may see 3 options: 'Non Flexible', 'Semi Flexible' and 'Fully Flexible.) You would be looking for a fare titled 'TGV:French Day Train Passholder' or something with 'Passholder' in its name. Generally, the Passholder rates would be found under the 'Semi Flexible' option for these trains.

    If you don't see such a Passholder fare listed, then it is likely that you're being quoted regular ticket costs. Also, if a yellow box that says 'Train Tickets Found' appears next to the schedule for the particular train you're looking at, then it is likely the Passholder fares have already sold out on that train and you're being quoted regular ticket costs.

    It is important to note, however, that the Passholder rates on these trains do sell out very quickly. With your departure date nearing. I would recommend purchasing your reservation as soon as you can.

    If you'd like to verify costs shown on our website or availability, you would have to call us at 1-800-622-8600.
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