Secure a seat.
To make your train travel in Switzerland and Europe as comfortable as possible, you can reserve your seat before the journey begins. When travelling in some countries, reservations are obligatory or are automatically included in the ticket price.
You can reserve your seats on Swiss trains in the SBB Ticket Shop and via Rail Service 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. from the Swiss fixed-line network) or direct at the ticket counter. It costs CHF 5 per seat to make a reservation.
You cannot normally reserve spaces for transporting your own bicycle on the train. An exception has been made for InterCity tilting trains (ICN) across Switzerland and InterCity trains (IC) which travel through the Gotthard Base Tunnel.In these cases, reserving a bicycle space is compulsory from 21 March to 31 October and costs CHF 5. Available from 20 March 2017 online in the SBB Ticket Shop, via SBB Mobile on your smartphone or at an SBB station counter up to 5 minutes before the train is due to depart.
» More information about bike tickets and the self-service loading of bicycles.
When reserving seats for train journeys to Europe, different prices and provisions apply according to the country. The following gives further information for various European countries.
It is obligatory to reserve seats for connections using the TGV and this is included in the ticket price. You can buy tickets online via SBB Ticket Shop and have them sent to your home address, or you can pick them up from your station. Get print@home tickets for your travels from and to Paris.
It is obligatory to reserve seats for connections to Italy and this is included in the ticket price. You can buy tickets online via SBB Ticket Shop and have them sent to your home address, or you can pick them up from your station. Get print@home tickets for your travels on EC trains.
Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Seat reservations for connections to Hungary are obligatory and are included in the ticket price for the night train. You can order tickets online via SBB Ticket Shop and have these sent to your home address, or you can pick them up from your station.
You can reserve seats in the SBB Restaurant (for most InterCity connections) up to 1 day before departure, direct at the SBB ticket counter or by telephone via Rail Service on 0900 300 300 (CHF 1.19/min. on the Swiss fixed-line network). The booking supplement of CHF 5 per seat will be deducted from your bill total.