Can I avoid seat reservations?
Yes, you can avoid seat reservations by traveling on regional trains. However, it depends on your itinerary whether you can avoid them altogether. Most Eurail travelers take at least 1 high-speed train or night train to cover long distances quickly.
To find trains that don't require reservations you can use our Rail Planner app on a mobile device. Make sure to tick the 'No reservation needed' box when searching for trains.
In some cases reservations can't be avoided, simply because there are no other options available. A good example is the Eurostar high-speed train, traveling between London and Paris. We advise you to book this popular train 3 months in advance.