Train reservations – Overview
Interrail allows you travel freely throughout Europe. Some trains require an additional reservation however. In general all Suburban Trains and all Regional Trains, where you can just board the train and sit wherever you prefer, do not require any additional reservation. For High-Speed Trains and Night-Trains an additional so-called seat reservation is almost always required. As a result these more luxurious trains won’t be over-crowded, and likewise give passengers certainty of being able to relax during their journey. When you have bought an Interrail pass, these costs maybe come as an unpleasent surprise. Consequently it is now the reality, as more luxurious trains take over the old fashioned ones. Furthermore, more and more individual train brands are popping up, such as Eurostar and Thalys that require mandatory reservations.
Train reservations – Details
Mandatory reservations should be made in far in advance as possible if you have an Interrail pass, because these trains can become full! Now when trains are full there are usually plenty of other options available to get to your next destination, but sometimes a particular connection is simply more convenient. Below you can find a page per participating country with an extremely detailed list of all trains; whether they require an additional reservation, whether you can make the reservation in advance and what the costs will be.
Interrail super-friendly countries (virtually all trains are free of additional costs).
– The United Kingdom
Interrail friendly countries (most trains do not require additional costs).
– Bosnia and Herzegovina
– Czech Republic
– The Netherlands