YOUR INTERRAIL SEAT RESERVATION

To use your pass on high speed or overnight trains, you need to book a seat reservation or passholder supplement. These guarantee you a seat or sleeping accommodation on the train and are compulsory on certain services.

 

Book your seat reservation today.

WHEN DO I NEED TO BOOK A SEAT?

You need to book a seat for most:    

  • Overnight trains
  • High speed trains (such as Eurostar, TGV, Thalys, TGV Lyria, France Spain High Speed...)
  • International trains

HOW MUCH WILL I NEED TO PAY?

Seat reservations and passholder supplement costs vary by train. While seat reservations on French TGV services start at around £5.50 for a one way journey, passholder supplements for flat-bed accommodation on overnight trains will be higher.

You can use the handy table below as a guide to the supplements you can expect to pay on some major European carriers.
 
Tip: If your journey will involve overnight trains, you’ll need to ensure you have a reservation for your sleeping accommodation. This varies in price depending on the type of accommodation you choose.

Tip: If you’re on a budget and want to avoid paying reservation fees, it’s worth looking at breaking your journey into shorter legs, with more stops en-route and using local services which don’t require seat reservations.

HOW TO avoid the extra fees on seat reservation

Seat reservation is not neccessary on most

  • Regional trains (TER, some Intercites in France)

If you want to make sure if you need a seat reservation for your train, ask at the ticket office in the station before you leave.

HOW TO BOOK A SEAT

You can book your seat reservations by selecting the Rail Passes tab on the booking form on the left. Simply check the Seat Reservation box and search for your journey. You’ll then be able to make all your seat reservations in one booking.

TIP: BOOK IN ADVANCE

The number of seat reservations available on each train is limited. These seats can sell out quickly during peak periods, especially during the summer holidays. Most European trains can be booked up to three months before the departure date. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. If you have no fixed route or if you want to change your travel plans, another possibility is to book your seat at the station before boarding the train.

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