Do I need a railway seat reservation?
Railway seat reservations are not always necessary on all trains. Seats are free on regional trains.
All 1st class tickets are automatically assigned and are included in the rate.
Compulsory seat reservations
Seats are allocated automatically when booking your train ticket. You will also be able to change your seat according to your preferences (aisle seats, windows seats…) and subject to availability. You can request the type of seat you would prefer.
Optional seat reservations
You won’t be able to reserve a seat on regional trains. However, you can still reserve your seats with few carriers as German rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, Austrian rail operator and ÖBB. For these trains, seats reservation can be added for an extra fee by going through the Ticket page.
All first class tickets are automatically assigned a seat reservation, which is included in the ticket price.
If you did not select an optional seat reservation, this can be purchased separately from Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB. For more information about how this can be done, please see our article Seat reservations on German trains.
Trains without seat reservations
Lots of regional trains do not have seat reservations at all. Most regional trains typically have plenty of spare seating for all passengers, though you may find that they are busy during peak commuter travel times (when people travel to work in the early morning and return in the evening).