Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

seat61: what counts as a "long-distance" train ride? Reservations, Eurail

Jump to last reply

I'm looking at seat61.com for advice of train travel in Europe. He keeps mentioning that "long-distance train rides" to, from and within France, Italy and Spain require seat reservations ahead of time, and these reservations cost an additional fee on top of your ticket.

I'm wondering, what exactly qualifies as a long-distance train ride?

So here is the deal: I will be making the following train trips during my trip this summer:

Paris to Nice (night train; we already plan to reserve a couchette)

Nice to Cinque Terre (La Spezia I think)

CT to Florence

Florence to Venice

Venice to Austria (probably Attnang-Puchheim)

Do any or all of these qualify as as "long-distance"? Should I reserve ahead of time for any of them aside from Paris-Nice?

We intend to book a France-Italy Eurail Pass (which obviously won't apply to the trip from Italy to Austria). I thought my friend had already ordered them (paying for two people together gets you a bit of a deal), but she hasn't yet, so it is not set in stone. But basically, it will cost us $301 CAD each for four travel days within a month. Looking at the TGV calandar, it looks like a night train with couchette from Paris to Nice alone will will cost 242 euros (which seems really steep...), so it seems like a good deal to get the pass.

So with the pass, which train rides should we be making reservations for?

16 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Forums Style Refresh
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 27, 15 at 11:33 AM
  • Introducing MeganM
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 15 at 03:23 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 help and advice
  2. 2 Keeping in touch with young children while in Europe
  3. 3 Moving Back Home to Travel Back Again
  4. 4 Bernina and Glacier Express routes
  5. 5 Need suggestions for day trips in Provence
  6. 6 Italian Lakes + Switzerland
  7. 7 14 Day Swiss Itinerary Sep-2015
  8. 8 Lyon Arrondissements
  9. 9 Possible London GTG between April 28/May1
  10. 10 Scenic Beauty in Greek Island ? Crete or other island ?
  11. 11 Garmisch
  12. 12 Is my itinerary the Best of Switzerland?
  13. 13 Venice - things to do?
  14. 14 Rome to Positano
  15. 15 DCC on the increase?
  16. 16 Need help with Normandy & Loire Valley itinerary + extra days
  17. 17 Lake Como -> Milan -> Last Supper; ferry,train,bus?? Help needed
  18. 18 Which 2 of these 3: Lekeitio, Getaria, and Hondarribia
  19. 19 Chamonix to Lyon by train or bus
  20. 20 Italy/ Spain in December
  21. 21 NT in devon and cornwall
  22. 22 travel in Spain or France from Barcelona or Madrid
  23. 23 Trip Report Spring in Spain: Crawling up Mallorca; Pushing Through Toledo
  24. 24 Where to stay in Paris - first time young, solo female
  25. 25 Sweden - Gothenburg and Malmö photo gallery and tourist attractions
View next 25 » Back to the top