What's a Seat Reservation?
For some trains, like high-speed and night trains, it's mandatory to buy a seat reservation (this reservation guarantees your seat on the applicable train). Please note that you can only buy reservations when you have a valid Pass.
Don't have your Interrail Pass yet? Not sure whether you need seat reservations or how much they cost? Don't worry; we have all the answers.
How to book a Seat Reservation?
Our tool lets you make reservations for many trains in Europe. Exceptions are the Baltic countries, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and the UK (except the Eurostar trains).
Print at home reservations can be booked up to 3 hours before departure. Paper ticket reservations have to be booked at least 6 days before the train's departure.
When a train cannot be booked through our self-service, you can find alternative ways to book your reservations here.
When do I need Seat Reservations?
If you're planning to see a lot in a short space of time on your Interrail trip, then you'll most likely need to buy some seat reservations for high-speed routes before you go.
Can I avoid Seat Reservation costs?
It's good to keep in mind that most European trains don't need a reservation at all. Regional trains are a good alternative for fully booked high-speed and night trains.
- Which trains are included in the Pass?
You can use your Pass to travel on the national railways and some private railways in the countries where your Pass is valid. In some cases, these train networks reach airports as well. Check the full list here. The Pass even includes certain buses and ferries to make sure everything is within reach.
Some popular trains like the Eurostar, Thalys, TGV, and AVE are included in the Interrail Pass, but require that you purchase a seat reservation.
- Why can't I find my trains in the Timetable?
Our timetable covers most popular routes in Europe, but is not 100% accurate as not all European railways choose to share their timetable data. There are a few things you can do if you can't find your journey:
Planning in advance? Check back closer to the time
If you get no results for your chosen journey, check back in a few weeks. We update the timetable every month with the latest data from the railway companies.
Can’t find your station? Try another spelling
Try searching again with the city or station's local spelling. If you still see no results, the railway company might not share their timetable data with us. You can check missing train times by country below.
Can't find your train? Check direct with the railway company
Not all railway companies share their timetable data with us, so unfortunately results for the countries below might be missing or incomplete. Choose a country to check timetables on the national railway company's website:
For general information on routes and seat reservations in each country, check our information on trains by country.
- How do I make seat reservations?
You can make seat reservations through the Interrail.eu website for 95% of all European trains. To do this, you need an Interrail Pass and an Interrail.eu account. You can also book many trains through our Rail Planner app.
Reservations for Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and the Benelux will be sent to you as e-tickets. You need to print these e-tickets and bring with you on the train. For other countries, you'll receive your reservations as paper tickets through registered mail.
Please check out other reservation options if you want to make reservations for domestic trains in Portugal, or any trains in Ireland, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia, or Turkey.
- Can I get a refund for a reservation?
In most cases, no.
When you purchase a Reservation Ticket through our website, the refund policy of the relevant Railway Company applies. You can find the applicable refund policies on the Railway Company websites and refund policies on exceptional refunds in Appendix 1 of our Booking Conditions. Please be aware that if a refund is possible, it needs to be requested before the departure date of the train.
Requesting a refund
You can request a refund via the Reservations Overview in your personal Interrail account:
1. Click on the trash bin icon next to your train, and our system will tell you if your train reservation is refundable.
2. After you accept the refund conditions, you can go ahead and cancel the reservation.
Electronic Reservation Tickets will be automatically refunded, but Paper Reservation Tickets will need to be returned to our office in the Netherlands before a refund can be processed. The return address will be provided upon confirmation of the cancellation.