In which countries do I need a reservation?
The national rail companies in Europe all approach reservations a little bit differently. In some countries, rail companies require very few reservations and you can hop on and off with nothing more than your Pass. In others, they require some sort of reservation on almost all trains. Because some railways require them, but others do not, reservation fees are not covered by your Pass. See below for a quick breakdown on which countries fall into which categories.
Click each country for additional information on train travel in that country. If you have questions about a particular train or route, you can also use our timetable to figure out if reservations are needed or to find a route that avoids them. If you do need to make a reservation, we can help!
Reservations by country
Countries with few reservations
If you like totally spontaneous travel, these countries are your best bet, as most domestic trains don't require any reservations at all! You usually do still have the option to make a reservation if you really want to.
Countries with some reservations
In these countries, some advance planning goes a long way! Some trains require reservations and others don't, so check our timetable if you're wondering about a particular route.
Countries with many reservations
These popular countries’ railways serve huge quantities of travelers every day, so many of their trains require reservations. You might need some extra planning, but the numerous high-speed connections on some of Europe’s fastest trains mean you can see more in a short amount of time!