Interrail passes offer a fantastic way to see Europe at a lower cost. However, please remember that compulsory seat reservations apply to some routes within Europe at an additional cost, including all high speed trains, night trains and some inter-city trains. This means that you cannot just board any train you like in Europe with total flexibility. Some pre-planning is essential, since you will be fined if you board a train without a seat reservation where they are required.
You can buy all your required seat reservations directly from Railbug by contacting us by calling +44(0)333 808 1781 or emailing email@example.com. Just tell us your travel plans and we’ll be able to tell you which journeys require a reservation. You can then buy them directly from our call centre. See below for a brief overview of the types of trains which require reservations.
High Speed Trains
All high speed trains require a seat reservation to book your place on the train.
- Italian and French Interrail Reservations can sell out very quickly in peak season, so book early to avoid disappointment.
- Thello trains do not offer a reservation price, however Interrail pass holders can get a 25% discount on the advertised full fare prices.
- Eurostar offers preferential rates for interrail pass holders. Contact them directly to book.
Night trains operate overnight, allowing you to make the most of your days in each city. They all require a seat reservation and charge a supplement for this. You can choose between various accommodation options on night trains, including:
- Reserved seat
- Reserved bed in a shared couchette of 4 or 6 (mixed or single sex, depending on train operator)
- Private sleeper compartment for 2 people
- Private sleeper compartment for 1 person
- Most night trains have two toilets/wash basins per carriage.
- On some trains (e.g. the Trenhotel in Spain) you can reserve a Gran Classe sleeper, which has a private bathroom with washing facilities.
- All night trains have one conductor per carriage who will supervise the passengers and check tickets.
- Your passport and interrail pass may be taken in as you enter the train. They will be returned just before your arrival.