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 your reservations in advance, which can be done 3 months in advance. The sooner you book, the more chance you have of getting a seat.

This guide explains everything you need to know about making reservations on your Interrail trip.

Do I need a reservation?


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

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How do I book my reservations?


There are a number of ways to book your reservations for your Interrail trip, depending on train type and the amount of time until your trip starts.

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Can I avoid trains with reservations?


If you want to avoid extra costs or the train you want to reserve is full, you can often look up alternative ways to reach your destination, with trains that don't need to be reserved.

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Important: Reservations on French trains


Limited seats on French trains

On most French trains there's a limited number of seats available for Interrail pass holders to reserve. Make your reservations for these trains as soon as possible. If you wait until the last moment, these trains will be full.

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Alternative routes for French trains

If you want to travel on a French train with limited seats, but find that it's full, or if you want to simply avoid these trains, there's often an alternative way to make your journey. We've come up with alternative routes between popular routes.

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Fees and seat options


Reservation fees

View the reservation fees for domestic, international and night trains. Night train fees depend upon your choice of seat or sleeping accommodation.

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Seat and sleeping options

The fee for your reservation will depend on the type of seat or sleeping accommodation choice you make. Find out about the different options you have.

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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 needs 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.

    Check our specific train pages for more information.

  • 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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