What is a seat reservation?
The Interrail pass works as a basic train ticket on the train, sometimes it’s required that you purchase an additional seat reservation. A seat reservation is a complimentary ticket to your Interrail Pass and therefor it’s not included with your pass. The seat reservation is only valid on a set departure and gives you a guaranteed seating on the train.
The seat reservation ticket should be shown along with your interrail pass when boarding the train. A seat reservation ticket is not valid without a train ticket, in this case your interrail pass.
Some trains have mandatory seat reservation, others have optional seat reservation and a few has no seat reservation at all.
At TrainPlanet.com you can easily see if your journey needs an additional seat reservation, and if it does you can also book it.
When do I have to make a seat reservation?
If you’re planning on travelling with train it’s good to check in advance if there are any trains that requires any reservations.
If a train has mandatory seat reservation you have to purchase a seating ticket in advance to be able to board the train. Speed trains and overnight trains do in general always have mandatory seat reservation. Countries where most trains have mandatory seat reservations: France, Span and Italy.
Some trains have optional seat reservation, this means that you can chose yourself if you want to book a seat or not. We always recommend to make a reservation if it’s possible, especially during peak season or if you travel with a bigger group. If you don’t make a reservation where it’s optional you will most likely be able to go with the train anyway, but there might be a small chance that you have to stand up or sit in the aisle. The conductor has the right to deny travellers to board the train if the train is full.
Now and then it happens that the railway companies change from optional seat reservation to mandatory seat reservation on some trains, especially during peak seasons or if there’s a higher demand than usual. So, make sure to double check the trains you will travel with about a week before to see if they have changed.
When can I make my reservations?
The day trains are usually able to book three months before departure and the night trains usually 6 months in advance. There can be some cases where the tickets are released earlier and later.
We recommend you to purchase your seat reservations as long in advance as possible, especially if you are travelling between April and September when there’s peak season.
Where can I make my reservations?
Seat reservations are easliy made on our website TrainPlanet.com. To be able to make a reservation you will need your Pass Cover number that you will find on your Travel Diary that comes with your interrail pass. The number starts with a letter is followed by eight numbers.
If you want help to book your tickets it’s also possible to call our customer support on: 852 95 600
How will I receive my booked seat reservations?
Most of the foreign tickets needs to be sent with registered mail. Swedish, French and German tickets are in most cases possible
to receive via e-mail.