Guide to Interrail train reservations

Your Interrail Pass gives you access to most of Europe's trains, but it's good to know that some trains need to be reserved in advance. A reservation is a guaranteed seat on a specific train. You need to book reservations in advance, which can be done as early as 3 months before the train's departure. The sooner you book, the more chance you have of getting a seat!

Do I need a reservation?
Reservation fees
How do I book my reservations?

Do I need a reservation?


Learn when you need to book a reservation for your trip. We'll tell you how to use the timetable to find out if your train needs to be reserved. We also explain the different reservation types.

Find out if you need a reservation

Reservation fees


Find out the reservation fees for European trains. These fees differ per train and train type. For night trains, the fees depend upon your choice of sleeping accommodation.

Check train reservation fees

How do I book my reservations?


There are a number of ways you can book your reservations, depending on the trains you want to take and the amount of time you have until your trip starts.


If you're looking to book multiple trains, the Reservation Service is usually your best option. For a small booking fee, our rail experts will make your train reservations for you!

See all reservation options

Reservations FAQ

  • Are reservations included in my pass? 

    No, reservations are not included in your Interrail pass. Train reservations are required for most high-speed trains and all night trains. It's often possible to avoid reservations by taking regional trains instead.

    Reservation fees are included in the Interrail Premium Pass. If you have a Premium pass, you still need to book the free reservations through our Reservation Service.

    Read our reservation guide for more information or book your reservations with us.

  • How far in advance can I make my reservations? 

    You can make reservations for most high-speed and night trains from 3 months in advance. Many of these trains get fully booked, so we advise you to make your reservations at least 2 months in advance.

  • Can the reservation tickets be emailed to me? 

    E-ticket reservations are only available for domestic day trains in Spain and Italy, and for day trains between Italy and Switzerland.

    All other reservation tickets are only available as paper documents, which we send to you by registered mail. It is not possible to print the tickets yourself or to have them mailed to you.

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