While Interrail is accepted on most trains throughout Europe, some railway companies require an advanced booking for their trains incurring an additional fee that is not covered by your pass (unless you are a Premium Pass holder). This reservation guarantees a seat (or bed) and may also include additional services, like a meal and drink and WiFi etc.

Train services which are likely to require an advanced reservation (but are not limited to) are:

  • Seats for most high-speed trains (like SNCF TGV, Thalys, Lyria, Trenitalia Freccia, RENFE AVE, PKP EIP, Eurostar)
  • Sleeping accommodation in night trains, like couchettes and beds
  • Panoramic coaches, available in some scenic trains

You will need to download the Rail Planner App. The trip planner within the app will show you when a seat reservation is compulsory. Reservations can be booked at train stations, with a rail pass agent or online. Reservations for Italy and France, as well as some international trains (including Eurostar and Thalys), can also be booked via the app. You can find out more information on eurailgroup.org/reservations 

For ferries, Interrail Pass holders must pay for/book the following in advance:

  • Use of cabins, berths and reclining seats
  • Season supplements from June to September on the shipping lines
  • Port taxes
  • Use of certain boats