Information on booking seat reservations with a rail pass
We highly recommend that you pre-purchase your pass-holder fares (seat reservations) or sleeper accommodation for high speed and night trains as far in advance of your travel date as possible.
High-speed trains operate like an airline so you need a physical seat number. A rail pass is a voucher and has no seat numbers so on most high-speed trains you will need to purchase a "pass-holder fare".
A pass-holder fare is a supplement charged for passengers travelling with a rail pass, and is heavily discounted compared to a full priced fare on the same train. A pass holder fare gives you a seat number allowing you to travel on a particular train.
Seat reservations on most high-speed trains are compulsory whether you have a Eurail pass or not. We suggest you pre-purchase your tickets from us before you go. Alternatively, you can book your seat reservations in Europe at the station before your trains departure, however you do run the risk of the train being sold out.
Seat reservations are at an extra cost.
Seats on such trains can be in high demand, especially during the summer holiday months of July and August and peak times of the day.
Additionally, the number of seats allocated to Eurail Pass holders can be limited.
To book passholder fares online on our booking engine you just need to tick the box that states all passengers have a rail pass.
Please note that many seat reservations cannot be booked until 2-3 months in advance. Please refer to our how far in advance can I book page for exact timelines.
Different types of pass-holder fares apply to different types of trains. Please make sure when booking online you check the conditions of the pass-holder fare you are booking. The conditions must match your pass.
Night trains also require a supplement for sleeping accommodation.