A seat reservation is a guaranteed seat on-board a specific train. Seat reservations are compulsory for most high speed, international, scenic and night trains. Seat reservations are including in the cost of Global Fares. On all other fare types a seat reservation will need to be purchased at an additional cost. Travellers holding a rail pass will need to purchase a Passholder seat reservation at a discounted fare subject to availability of the Passholder fares.
During the months of July through to September it is high season in Europe and it is highly recommended that seat reservations are purchased prior to departure from South Africa. Purchasing seat reservations prior to departure will also ensure that you avoid long queues at the train stations and possible disappointment if your preferred train is fully booked.