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International Train Reservation Fees

This is an overview of seat reservation fees for international trains in Europe. We'll show you when a reservation is mandatory, recommended or optional.

You can make your reservations through the Reservation Service.

Please note that the reservation fees given on this page are indicative only and are subject to change. Prices may be different when you book your reservations through an agent or when you pay in the local currency.

Most popular international trains

Train route

Train name


Reservation fees

Berlin - Prague EuroCity (EC) Optional 3.60 euros
Amsterdam - Cologne ICE Optional 6 euros
Paris - Barcelona Renfe-SNCF (RSC) Mandatory 34.20 euros / 48.40 euros
Paris - Stuttgart TGV Mandatory 13 euros / 30 euros
Paris - Turin/Milan TGV Mandatory 31 euros / 45 euros
Amsterdam - Brussels Thalys (THA) Mandatory 20 euros
Amsterdam - Paris Thalys (THA) Mandatory 30 euros
Prague - Vienna RailJet (RJ) Optional 3.60 euros
Paris - Basel TGV Lyria Mandatory 34 euros / 68 euros
London - Paris Eurostar (ES) Mandatory 30 euros / 38 euros


All international trains

EuroCity Berlin-Warsaw / Gdynia Express (Germany, Poland)

Route: Berlin – Poznan – Warsaw and Berlin - Gdansk - Gdynia
Reservation mandatory.
Fees - 1st and 2nd  class: 4 euros

EuroCity (Germany, Austria, Italy (via Brennero))

Route: Munich - Innsbruck - Bolzano - Verona - Milan / Bologna / Venice


If you travel from/to/within Italy on this train, reservations are mandatory:

2nd class: €14.50

1st class: €20.90


I you travel within Germany and/or Austria, reservations are optional:

2nd class: €4.50

1st class: €5.90

EuroCity (Italy-Switzerland (ITA – CH))

Route: Zürich / Bern / Basel / Geneva – Milan / Venice
Reservation mandatory.
Fees - 1st class: 13 euros / 2nd class: 11 euros

Eurostar (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain)


London (Great Britain) - Paris / Disneyland (France)

    Via Lille (France)

London (Great Britain) - Brussels (Belgium)

    Via Lille (France)

London (Great Britain) - Amsterdam (the Netherlands)*

    Via Lille (France), Brussels (Belgium) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands)


Reservation fees:

  • Standard class: 30 euros
  • Standard Premier class: 38 euros


Reservation fees from London to Amsterdam:

  • Standard class: 35 euros
  • Standard premier class: 43 euros


Reservations for the Eurostar are compulsory. Travelers with a 2nd class Pass can only travel in Standard Class. Travelers with a 1st class Pass can travel in both classes. It's not possible to travel in Business Premier class with an Eurail Pass.

ICE (France, Germany)

Route: Frankfurt / Mannheim - Paris / Marseille / Stuttgart / Munich / Karlsruhe
Reservation compulsory only for international travel.
Fees - 1st class: 30 euros / 2nd class: 13 euros

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ICE - ICE International - IC International (Germany to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland)

Routes: various international routes
Reservation optional.
Fees - 1st class: 5.30 euros / 2nd class: 4 euros

Between June 12 and September 4, reservations are mandatory for ICE services between Germany and Denmark.

More about ICE

InterCity Stockholm-Oslo (Sweden, Norway)

Route: Stockholm – Oslo
Reservation mandatory.
Fees - 1st class: 16 euros / 2nd class: 7 euros

International trains (Czech Republic, Poland)

Route: Czech Republic - Poland
Reservation mandatory.
Fees - 1st and 2nd class: 4 euros

International trains (Hungary, Romania)

All destinations in long distance traffic.
Reservation mandatory.
Fees - 1st and 2nd class: 4 euros

InterCity Göteborg-Oslo (Norway, Sweden (NSB Regiontog)

Route: Göteborg – Oslo
Reservation optional, no seat allocation.
Fees - 6.30 euros. No supplement for 1st class Eurail pass holders if reservation is made in Norway.

ÖBB Intercitybus (Austria, Italy)


Klagenfurt (Austria) - Venice (Italy)

Via Udine (Italy)

Villach (Austria) - Venice (Italy)

Via Udine (Italy)

Trieste (Italy) - Villach (Austria)

Reservation fees:
1st class: 14 euros
2nd class: 9 euros


Reservations are mandatory.

Railjet (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland)

Routes to Italy:

Vienna (Austria) - Venice (Italy)

Via Villach (Austria)

Vienna (Austria) - Bolzano (Italy)


Reservation for trains going from Austria to Italy are mandatory:

1st class: 15 euros

2nd class: 10 euros


Routes to all other countries:

Via Innsbruck (Austria)

Vienna (Austria) - Munich (Germany)

Via Salzburg (Austria)

Vienna (Austria) - Zurich (Switzerland)

Via Salzburg and Innsbruck (Austria)

Vienna (Austria) - Prague (Czech Republic)

Via Brno (Czech Republic)        

Vienna (Austria) - Budapest (Hungary)

Via Györ (Hungary)

Vienna (Austria) - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Salzburg (Austria) - Zurich (Switzerland)

Via Innsbruck (Austria)

Salzburg (Austria) - Budapest (Hungary)

Via Vienna (Austria) and Györ (Hungary)

Innsbruck (Austria) - Budapest (Hungary)

Via Salzburg, Vienna (Austria) and Györ (Hungary)


Reservation fees:

1st class: 4 euros

2nd class: 4 euros
Upgrade to business class: 15 euros


Reservations are optional on RailJet trains.


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RegioJet (Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Poland)


Prague (Czech Republic) - Bratislava (Slovakia)

    Via Brno (Czech Republic)

Prague (Czech Republic) - Vienna (Austria)

    Via Brno (Czech Republic)

Prague (Czech Republic) - Humenne (Slovakia)

    Via Ostrava (Czech Replic) and Kosice (Slovakia)


Reservation fees:

Standard: 3 euros

Relax: 5 euros

Business: 10 euros*

*only available when you have a 1st class Pass.


Reservations are optional on RegioJet trains.

RENFE-SNCF en cooperación (France, Spain)

Paris (France) - Barcelona (Spain)

Madrid (Spain) - Marseille (France)

    Via Barcelona (Spain)

Barcelona (Spain) - Toulouse (France)

Barcelona (Spain) - Lyon (France)


Reservation fees:

Reservations for these trains are mandatory.



Paris - Barcelona

Madrid - Marseille

Barcelona - Toulouse Barcelona - Lyon
2nd class 34 euros 15 euros 19 euros
1st class 48 euros 20 euros 26 euros


Please note that you can only travel on these trains if you have a Global Pass.


More about the Renfe-SNCF high-speed train

SJ High Speed Trains (Sweden, Norway, Denmark)


Stockholm (Sweden) - Kopenhagen (Denmark)

Stockholm (Sweden) - Malmö (Norway)


Reservation fees:

2nd class: 6.60 euros

1st class: 16 euros


Reservations are mandatory for these trains.


If you travel 1st class before 9 AM, you'll get breakfast. Other services that re included are WiFi, fruit, coffee and  tea all day.

More about the SJ High Speed train.

TGV (France, Belgium)

Route: Brussels to southern France (not connecting Paris)
Reservation mandatory.
Fees - 1st class: 30 euros / 2nd class: 20 euros

TGV (France, Germany)
Paris (France) - Karlsruhe / Stuttgart / Munich / Frankfurt / Mannheim (Germany)
Marseille (France) - Frankfurt / Mannheim (Germany)
Reservation fees:
1st class: 30 euros
2nd class: 13 euros
Reservations are mandatory on TGV trains.
TGV (France, Italy)

Route: Paris – Milan
Reservation mandatory.

  • 1st class: €45

  • 2nd class: €31

Tickets for the TGV route between Milan and Paris can't be bought at Italian train stations.
There's a RailEurope office close to Milan Central station (Milano Centrale).
Here you can book the TGV from Milan to Paris or get help finding alternative routes.

Address: Via Viturvio 1. 20214 Milano
Phone number: +39 +39 0240 32 35

The office is a 15-minute walk from Milan Central Station.

TGV Lyria (France - Switzerland)

Route: Paris – Zürich / Bern / Lausanne / Genève
Reservation mandatory for international routes. No reservation required for travel within Switzerland.
Fees - 1st class: starting at 52 euros / 2nd class: starting at 25 euros

Route: Genève - Cote d'Azur / Montpellier / Marseille
Reservation mandatory for international routes. No reservation required for travel within Switzerland.
1st class: from 23 euros / 2nd class: from 16 euros 

TGV Paris-Luxembourg (France, Luxembourg)

Route: Paris – Luxembourg City
Reservation mandatory.
Fees - 1st and 2nd class: 10-20 euros

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Thalys (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany)


Paris (France) - Brussels (Belgium)

Paris (France) - Dortmund (Germany)

    Via Brussels (Brussels), Liège (Belgium), Cologne (Germany) and Dusseldorf (Germany)

Paris (France) - Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

    Via Brussels (Belgium), Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Schiphol Airport (the Netherlands)

Disneyland Paris (France) - Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

    Via CDG Airport (France), Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Schiphol Airport (the Netherlands)


Reservation fees:

Fee (for 2nd and 1st class reservations) Routes
20 euros

Lille (France) - the Netherlands

Belgium - the Netherlands

25 euros

Paris (France) - Belgium 

Belgium - Germany

CDG*/Disneyland - the Netherlands

CDG*/Disneyland - Belgium

30 euros

Paris (France) - Germany 

Paris (France) - the Netherlands

*CDG = Charles de Gaulle International Airport


Reservations are mandatory for Thalys trains.


There are 3 types of seats on Thalys trains: Premium (1st class), Comfort (1st class) and Standard (2nd class).


Travelers with a 2nd class Pass can only access the 2nd class seats. Those with a 1st class Pass can travel in both 2nd and 1st class.


Seats are subject to availability. If there are no longer seats for Premium class, 1st class Pass holders will be offered a seat at Comfort class. For details and fares for other routes, visit the Thalys website.


Read more about the Thalys.