Book a reservation and travel in comfort

In Germany you can travel on a train even if all the seats are already taken. This may be the case at peak times (Friday afternoon or Sunday evening). Therefore, we recommend that you reserve a seat with your ticket.

Make your journey comfortable and relaxing with a seat reservation. For long-distance trains, you can either book your reservation online directly with your ticket or separately, independently of a ticket.

You can also reserve seats for some regional trains - these reservations can be made at the ticket machines. We are working on expanding this offer for you.

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Seat reservation for long-distance trains

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  • Prices

Information

For long-distance trains (Intercity-Express (ICE), Intercity (IC)/Eurocity (EC)), your seat reservation

  • can be booked with your ticket or independently of a ticket
  • can usually be booked up to 6 months in advance
  • can be changed once free of charge

One more thing: In first class, your seat is included with your ticket.

Prices

Reservations

Prices

Individual reservations

EUR 4.50 (second class)
EUR 5.90 (first class reservation if the ticket is not purchased at the same time)
When a first class flexible or saver fare is purchased, the seat reservation is included.

Family reservation

EUR 9.00 (second class)
EUR 11.80 (first class reservation if the ticket is not purchased at the same time)

Permanent reservation

EUR 46

Group reservation

Included in the price of a group ticket (group saver fare).
Reservations for young children are optional and can be booked for EUR 5.90.

The reservations are valid for single journeys including all connecting trains. On trains where reservation is mandatory (this also applies to the IC Bus), there is no free connecting train reservation.

FAQ for seat reservation in long-distance trains

How does seat reservation work if I already have a ticket?

If you only want to reserve a seat but not buy a ticket, enter your desired connection in the search and click the box beside "Seat reservation only". This automatically takes you to the correct booking procedure.

Which seats can I change?

Integrated seat reservations (first class), seat reservations purchased when booking and seat reservations that were purchased independently of a ticket can be changed.

Mandatory reservations are excluded from change (e.g. IC Bus or TGV).

How can I change the seat reservation?

Seat reservations can be changed - depending on availability - free of charge up to and on the first day of validity of the reservation. This applies to the integrated seat reservation in first class and seat reservations (first and second class) purchased separately.

You can change your reservation online, via the DB Navigator app or at a DB Travel Centre.
Exchange&Refund

Note: Please bear in mind that the seat reservation is linked to your ticket. If you cancel your ticket, your seat reservation is also cancelled. This does not apply to seat reservations that have been changed. Also remember that the coach class for your ticket (first or second class) and that of the changed seat reservation must be identical.

How can I book a permanent reservation?

Reserve your daily seat and commute comfortably and economically with Deutsche Bahn.
Permanent reservation (in German)

Seat reservations from permanent reservations can also be refunded or changed once free of charge up to and on the first day of validity.
Exchange&Refund

How can I make a reservation for more than 5 persons?

Seats together for more than 5 persons or a specific seat booking for Intercity-Express (ICE) trains are available from the ticket shop or via the Deutsche Bahn service phone number: 0049 (0) 180 6 99 66 33 (costs depending on provider).

How can I reserve specific seats?

To reserve the specific seats for disabled persons and their companions, please send an e-mail to mobility service headquarters.

How long is the reservation valid for?

Your seat reservation remains valid until 15 minutes after departure.

How can I make a reservation for my whole family?

Family reservations (up to five persons, of which at least one person must be a child, total price EUR 9) can be booked online. Simply select the number of children during the "Ticket & Options" step. If you are travelling with young children, you can also select a parent-child compartment here. You will be informed immediately whether seats are still available in the parent-child compartment.

Seat reservations for regional trains

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  • Trains on which reservations are possible

Info

For some regional trains in Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein, you can reserve seats at the ticket machines. We are working on making it possible to reserve seats on regional trains in other regions too.

Seats...

  • are available from every DB ticket machine.
  • cost EUR 1 per journey and passenger.
  • are valid for the selected train on the selected date.

One more thing: The seats with seat reservations are in marked areas of the coach. Please present your reservation confirmation when tickets are checked.

Trains on which reservations are possible

Bavaria:

Mainfrankenbahn
Treuchtlingen - Würzburg
Schlüchtern - Würzburg - Bamberg
Nuremberg - Würzburg

Donau-Isar-Express
Munich - Landshut -Passau

Werdenfelsbahn
Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Munich - Oberammergau
Munich - Kochel

Main-Spessart-Express
Würzburg - Gemünden - Aschaffenburg - Frankfurt

Franken-Thüringen-Express
Nuremberg - Bamberg - Würzburg
Nuremberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Sonneberg Main Station
Nuremberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Jena Saalbahnhof

Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland:

Moseltalbahn:
Coblenz - Trier
Wittlich - Perl

Westpfalznetz:
Kaiserslautern - Bad Kreuznach-Bingen (Rh)

Südpfalznetz:
Karlsruhe - Landau-Neustadt (Wstr.) - Kaiserslautern

RE Netz Südwest (Süwex):
Coblenz -Trier - Saarbrücken - Kaiserslautern - Ludwigshafen - Mannheim
Mainz - Mannheim

Schleswig-Holstein:
RB 64 (Husum - Bad St. Peter-Ording)
RE 72 (Kiel Main Station - Flensburg)
RB 73 (Kiel Main Station - Eckernförde)
RE 74 (Kiel Main Station - Husum)
RB 75 (Kiel Main Station - Rendsburg)
RB 76 (Kiel Main Station - Kiel-Oppendorf)
RE 83 (Kiel Main Station - Lübeck Main Station - Lüneburg)
RB 84 (Kiel Main Station - Lübeck Main Station)
RB 85 (Lübeck Main Station - Puttgarden)

RE 8/80 (Lübeck Main Station - Hamburg Main Station)
RB 81 (Hamburg Main Station - Bad Oldesloe)

Expected from May 2018:
RE6/60 (Westerland (Sylt) - Hamburg-Altona)
RB 62 (Itzehoe - Heide)
RE 7 (Flensburg/Kiel Main Station - Hamburg Main Station)
RE 70 (Kiel Main Station- Hamburg Main Station)

Further information (in German)

Find your seat easily

Watch this video to learn how to book your preferred seat. (In German with English subtitles)