Reservations for German trains
Germany is a great country for flexible rail travel often without the need to reserve your seat in advance. On long distance trains it is possible, and even recommended during rush hour, to make a reservation. But very few trains require reservations, so you can decide your schedule as you go!
With a seat reservation you are guaranteed of a specific seat in the train. On the reservation ticket you will see the coach number and seat number. When you board the train without a seat reservation, you need to find an empty seat. At busy times, including during public holidays, in the busy high season and in rush hour, trains can become full and you may have to stand. You can make seat reservations up to 3 months in advance.
Please keep in mind that reservations are mandatory when you’re traveling with a discounted pass.
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