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Why are there additional fees for every train connection I want to make even though I have a rail pass??

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  • May 22, 2019 15:06
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi William,<br /><br />I apologize, as it's actually no longer accurate that reservations are just recommended on trains taking over 2.5 hours in duration. As of this year, certain trains now require reservations in addition to a rail pass, and that includes trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a>.<br /><br />To travel up to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow">Edinburgh</a>, you would first have to commute from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-heathrow-airport-5753" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-heathrow-airport-5753">Heathrow</a> into the city of <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a>. The <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> is valid on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/heathrow-express-8031" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/heathrow-express-8031">Heathrow Express</a> connecting the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-heathrow-airport-5753" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-heathrow-airport-5753">Heathrow Airport</a> with the Paddington station in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a>.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/heathrow-express-8031" rel="nofollow">Heathrow Express</a> trains depart from London Paddington once every 15 minutes throughout the day (taking about 15 minutes to get to terminals 1, 2 and 3, and 23 minutes to get to terminal 5). You can just hop on one of these with your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>.<br /><br />As I alluded to above, trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/london">London</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/edinburgh">Edinburgh</a> now require reservations as a supplement to the the rail pass. For trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a>, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>.<br /><br />Once again, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>) just to view schedules for trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow">London to Edinburgh</a>. To access schedules for trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom">UK</a>, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked.<br /><br />When you pull up the results of your <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/london-edinburgh">London-Edinburgh</a> search, you will see that these trains depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-kings-cross" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-kings-cross">King's Cross station</a> in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/london" rel="nofollow">London</a>. To commute from Paddington to the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-kings-cross" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-kings-cross">King's Cross station</a>, you would take the Circle Line of the Tube. The ride on the Tube from Paddington to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-kings-cross" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/london-kings-cross">King's Cross</a> take about 15 minutes. You would pay to take the Tube locally at the station..
  • May 21, 2019 16:34
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Chuck,<br /><br />For trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a>, passholder reservations are only able to be purchased locally and are only recommended on trains that take over 2.5 hours. You can purchase the reservations by going to the ticket window in the station and mentioning that you have the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>. For trains in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a> under 2.5 hours in duration, reservations are not necessary at all.<br /><br />Since reservations in the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/united-kingdom" rel="nofollow">UK</a> can only be done locally, the train schedules would not display if you click the 'I have a rail pass' box on our website when doing your search. Therefore, to view the schedules you would instead leave the 'I have a rail pass' box unchecked, and you can rest assured that the the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> will be valid..
  • April 19, 2019 17:44
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Almost all trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations.<br /><br />There are 3 slow-moving regional (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a>) trains for which all you’d need is the rail pass to board; however, the regional trains take over 3 hours longer to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a>.<br /><br />The regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> depart out of the Paris Bercy station and take over 5 hours. The high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> trains depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Paris Gare de Lyon station</a> and only take about 2 hours.<br /><br />When you do a search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-lyon">Paris to Lyon</a>, you can scroll through the results to locate the schedules for the regional trains, which will be labeled as ‘TER’ trains. Once again, the regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not take reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>&nbsp;would be all you’d need to board.<br /><br />On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV </a>trains within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10">France</a>, the passholder reservation fees are only a small amount, so it would likely be worth it for you to just take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> instead, so that extra 3 hours on the train doesn't cut into your time in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a>. On most reservable trains, this would be the case, as the reservation fees would just be a small amount. Additionally, unless you're traveling a short distance, longer connections comprised of non-reservable trains would often take a significant amount of time..
  • April 19, 2019 17:42
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Almost all trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations.<br /><br />There are 3 slow-moving regional (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a>) trains for which all you’d need is the rail pass to board; however, the regional trains take over 3 hours longer to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a>.<br /><br />The regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> depart out of the Paris Bercy station and take over 5 hours. The high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> trains depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Paris Gare de Lyon station</a> and only take about 2 hours.<br /><br />When you do a search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Lyon</a>, you can scroll through the results to locate the schedules for the regional trains, which will be labeled as ‘TER’ trains. Once again, the regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not take reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>&nbsp;would be all you’d need to board.<br /><br />On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV </a>trains within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10">France</a>, the passholder reservation fees are only a small amount, so it would likely be worth it for you to just take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV</a> instead so that extra 3 hours on the train doesn't cut into your time in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a>. On most reservable trains, this would be the case, as the reservation fees would just be a small amount. Additionally, unless your traveling a short distance, longer connections comprised of non-reservable trains would often take significant amount of time..
  • April 17, 2019 20:20
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Tara,<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe (including within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10">France</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/italy">Italy</a> and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/spain" rel="nofollow">Spain</a>), most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in those countries.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, reservable trains can be booked within a range of 60 to 120 days of an intended departure. It just depends on the train/route.<br /><br />For trains that do not accept reservations, there is nothing you need to book, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/" rel="nofollow">our homepage</a> just to view schedules for many unreserved trains. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked..
  • April 17, 2019 20:19
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow">Switzerland</a>, the vast majority of trains do not need (or even accept) reservations. Therefore, in most instances, reservations are not necessary when traveling inside <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/switzerland">Switzerland</a>, and the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> would be all you'd need to board..
  • April 17, 2019 20:12
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Tara,<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In much of Western Europe (including within France, Italy and Spain), most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in those countries.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, reservable trains can be booked within a range of 60 to 120 days of an intended departure. It just depends on the train/route.<br /><br />For trains that do not accept reservations, there is nothing you need to book, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for many unreserved trains. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked..
  • April 17, 2019 20:10
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Almost all trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TGV</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations.<br /><br />There are 3 slow-moving regional (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TER</a>) trains for which all you’d need is the rail pass to board; however, the regional trains take over 3 hours longer to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a>.<br /><br />The regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lyon</a> depart out of the Paris Bercy station and take over 5 hours. The high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> trains depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Paris Gare de Lyon station</a> and only take about 2 hours.<br /><br />When you do a search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-lyon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris to Lyon</a>, you can scroll through the results to locate the schedules for the regional trains, which will be labeled as ‘TER’ trains. Once again, the regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link https//wwwraileuropecom/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not take reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880">Eurail Global Pass</a>&nbsp;would be all you’d need to board.<br /><br />On <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV </a>trains within <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/destinations/country-guides/article/france-10">France</a>, the passholder reservation fees are only a small amount, so it would likely be worth it for you to just take a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> instead so that extra 3 hours on the train doesn't cut into your time in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a>. On most reservable trains, this would be the case, as the reservation fees would just be a small amount. Additinally, unless your traveling a short distance, longer connections comprised of non-reservable trains would often take significant amount of time..
  • April 17, 2019 20:04
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Almost all trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a> are <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow">TGV</a> high-speed trains, which require reservations.<br /><br />There are 3 slow-moving regional (<a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow">TER</a>) trains for which all you’d need is the rail pass to board; however, the regional trains take over 3 hours longer to get from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a>.<br /><br />The regional trains from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/city/paris">Paris</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/city/lyon" rel="nofollow">Lyon</a> depart out of the Paris Bercy station and take over 5 hours. The high-speed <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/tgv-7537">TGV</a> trains depart out of the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/place/paris-gare-de-lyon">Paris Gare de Lyon station</a> and only take about 2 hours.<br /><br />When you do a search from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train-tickets/journeys/article/paris-lyon" rel="nofollow">Paris to Lyon</a>, you can scroll through the results to locate the schedules for the regional trains, which will be labeled as ‘TER’ trains. Once again, the regional <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/train/ter-7551">TER</a> trains do not take reservations, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a>&nbsp;would be all you’d need to board..
  • April 17, 2019 20:01
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Tara,<br /><br />The objective of a rail pass is to cover the ticket costs on trains. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass. If you were to purchase regular point-to-point tickets (instead of a rail pass), the value of any necessary reservations would still be considered/embedded into those costs. Therefore, a rail pass can still work out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe. It depends on the itinerary.<br /><br />Reservations are required on most high-speed trains, many international routes, and all overnight trains. In France and much of Western Europe, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is often the case that reservations are required when traveling in certain Western European countries.<br /><br />For travel with a rail pass, you would check reservation costs and purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (<a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow">www.raileurope.com</a>), checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a ‘Eurail Global Pass’). Generally, reservable trains can be booked within a range of 60 to 120 days of an intended departure. It just depends on the train/route.<br /><br />For trains that do not accept reservations, there is nothing you need to book, so the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/pass/eurail-global-pass-5880" rel="nofollow">Eurail Global Pass</a> is all you would need to board. On such trains, you would just hop on and show your pass. For planning purposes, you can still use the route search feature on our homepage just to view schedules for many unreserved trains. Generally, when you're just trying to access schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' button unchecked..

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