The Interrail Pass lets you explore Europe in your tempo and provide you with the opportunity to just hop on and off trains in 31 European countries as you like.
However, some train operators and countries require a seat reservation that you need to book in advance. This is particularly the case with high-speed and night trains.
IN WHAT COUNTRIES DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE A SEAT RESERVATION?
You always need to make advance seat reservations in the following countries: Finland, Sweden, France, Spain and Italy.
In the summer months (Apr-Sep) it is also mandatory to make reservations between Denmark and Hamburg. The route Stockholm - Oslo also requires seat reservation (all year).
On our suggested routes you will usually not be required to do seat reservations (exception: The Scandi Love and Pilgrimage route requires seat reservations), but in order to get to the start point you will need to make seat reservations. Especially on international trains through France and Germany, which is quite busy during the summer months. Examples of these are the Frankfurt - Paris and Berlin - Warsaw connection.
You can read more about country seat reservations in the Interrail Pass Guide, which is included in all Interrail Pass purchases at KILROY. Alternatively you can read more on the official Interrail.eu site or by taking a look at our FAQ for more information.
NB: In order to avoid seat reservations you can always choose travel with the regional trains, but these trains are slower and will add more travel time.
HOW MUCH DOES A SEAT RESERVATION COST?
The seat reservation fees are determined by the different train operators and thus vary a lot from country to country. However, seat reservations in Eastern Europe and Balkans are in general much cheaper (and less crowded) compared to the ones in Western Europe and the Nordics. A domestic seat reservation typically costs around 1-10 EUR depending, where as the high-speed border-crossing trains normally cost between 20-60 EUR. Night trains, where reservations is always mandatory, varies a lot in price but is often priced around 50 EUR.
NB: Remember that seat reservations is an extra cost to your Interrail experience and thus make sure to include it into your budget.
HOW AND WHERE DO YOU MAKE SEAT RESERVATIONS?
If you have purchased an Interrail Pass at KILROY you will receive a detailed map of all the train routes and an overview of where seat reservations are mandatory. You will also recieve a Interrail Pass Guide, that explains all of the stuff you need to know - before, under and after your trip.
In case you want to start book your seat reservations before your trip, we can also recommend the official Interrail site, where you can book seat reservations online.
During your trip we highly encourage you to make use of the local train ticket offices and the official Interrail Planner App - here you will find all practical information about Interrail, seat reservations and great discounts.
If you are all new and need help to get started, feel free to contact via the below form and we will help you make the first seat reservations.
HOW DOES IT WORK WITH NIGHT TRAINS?
We very much recommend you to use night trains during your trip. It´s a unique experience and a good way to cover a lot of kilometers overnight. And did we mention it will save you the cost of a hostel?
On night trains seat reservations are always mandatory and needs to be booked in advance.
WHEN AND HOW MANY RESERVATIONS SHOULD YOU MAKE?
We recommend that you start planning your journey as soon as possible. It can be a great idea to map out either destinations and/or regions you want to visit, so you at least know how to get there - and back. In the summer months seat reservations can sell out 2-3 months in advance.
In general we recommend you to make a few reservations in advance. If you are the typical non-planner or have plenty of time to travel, one or two seat reservations can be enough and you then book the rest on-the-go. For the planners who want to experience more in less time, it can be fruitful to make more reservations in advance.
In general, the summer season is always more crowded and it is thus a good recommended to book your reservatinos as early as possible.
NEED HELP WITH THE FIRST SEAT RESERVATION ON YOUR TRIP?
In order to make sure you get the best possible start of your trip, we can help you book the first seat reservation(s) on your journey*. In order to do so we need following information from you via below form:
- KILROY order number (if you have one already)
- Route (start and end destination)
- Number of persons
- Departure date
- Departure time
- Comfort level - 1st or 2nd Class
- Nighttrain - comfort level: seat, berth (3, 2 or 1 bed)
*Please note that we only offer this service to customers who have purchased an Interrail pass at KILROY. We will help you making with the first seat reservations for free, but we will charge you a service fee in case you want us to map out and book all of your seat reservations. Here we instead advise you to book seat reservations online via the official Interrail site.