Eurail global pass and train reservations advice needed:
We have purchased the global flexipass for our upcoming trip based on guidance and recommendations from this and other travel forums and now I’m completely confused about reservations.
I can save a trip and add it to the pass but I can’t actually reserve a seat, even on trains where a reservation is highly recommended or required. I get a message that basically says “you can’t book this connection through our self-service system…” and another said “you can book up to 3 hours in advance”. Nothing about being sold out or unavailable or off-line.
Some forums all recommend making reservations “several weeks in advance” for some routes or destinations/trips. Others say just get on the train snd show your pass. (Yikes, really??)
I’ve searched the Eurail website, other train reservation websites (Eurail is not an option when booking) and other travel forums (including “man in seat 61” and all of my Rick Steves travel books and resources ) but not finding the guidance I need.
I’m not often confused but this has me really stumped and would like to know if others have used the Eurail pass and what your experience was like, and/or if you have any advice or guidance. Thanks!