Sleeper compartment additional fare with a Brit Rail Pass. Reservations

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  • Hi Rachel.

    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 all overnight trains.

    Generally, you would be able to purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website (, entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass you'll be traveling with (i.e. a 'BritRail Pass'). However, reservable trains in the United Kingdom are an exception and are actually not able to be booked there. Instead, you would have to purchase reservations for a train in the United Kingdom by calling us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600.

    Generally, trains in the United Kingdom can be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    Aside from overnight trains, the only trains in the United Kingdom on which reservations would be necessary or recommended are ones taking over 2 hours in duration (i.e. any direct train between London and Scotland). Otherwise, most trains operating in the United Kingdom don't even accept reservations, in which case the rail pass is all you would need to board.
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