Interrail: supplements and reservation fees

redja @ 05-05-2008 14:01

are reservation fees neccessary? i.e. if you dont mind not having a seat will they still let you on the train?

The long distance journeys between say spain and france
france and italy... would i expect to pay supplements on these.


Pete @ 05-05-2008 16:29

hi... 🙂

normally you don't need a reservation when not travelling on friday/sunday evening and on the high-traffic-times like in the morning (7-9h) and evening (17-19h).
I never buy reservations except for long-distance-trains it is sometimes useful. but it is also nice to buy some beer and just sit down somewhere in the train when not finding a seat. 🙂

often it is mixed... sometimes you need a reservation - you then get a seat, but it is a hidden supplement.
for example on the TGV (France) you pay between 3 EUR and 15 EUR depending if you travel in the high-traffic-times or not. when you do not have this reservation, you can not use the train (normally you just have to leave the train on the next station if the staff is in good mood).

for Italy you have to pay as well a kind of reservation (=supplement):

all the other trains for which you need a supplement are listed on:

also when using the train schedules on the following link, it displays you if you need a reservation or not...! 🙂

have fun,

redja @ 05-05-2008 16:51

my friend,
thankyou very much..

sorry if it doesnt seem like i have done muchh research!! There is just to much to take in...

i hoped it would be as easy as any train, anywhere in europe...


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