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Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

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Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

Two friends and I are traveling to portugal in July. We made the mistake of buying a eurail pass.. We should of just booked through cp.pt. We didnt realize we wernt going to be able to make resos for the alfa/inter trains that we needed and would only be given the option of doing it at the station....

If we arrive in Porto,Portugal on the 30th of June and make a reso for the 1st of July for the 5:47am train to lagos.. do you think we will be able to do so or will it be full? We dont want to risk it as we have accomodations in lagos booked that night.We are not able to get a refund on our pass as we bought during a promotion....Do you think we should just pay extra on top of our passes and buy the ticket for porto to tunes so that we for sure have a spot....or risk it and hope the train will be full..

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1. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

July 1st is a Sunday. Your train passes through Lisbon, leaving there at about 8:30 a.m. Although it's not likely to be crowded at 5:47 a.m. leaving Porto, quite a lot of demand is likely to exist for reservations on that train onward, from Lisbon south. Do bear in mind that Sunday is a peak travel day in Portugal, and that you're trip is at a time approaching peak holiday season.

It comes down to a question of how much risk you're willing to run of having your vacation plans disrupted.

Right now, you can get a discounted ticket on the train leaving Porto an hour later at 6:47 in the morning for €32.55. This train will get you to Lagos at 2:08 in the afternoon. Would you rather pay €32.55 for the peace of mind, or would you rather try to save the €32.55, but run the risk of potentially be waiting around a train or a bus station in Porto for many hours, and then finally getting to your destination who knows when?

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2. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

Thank you for your response. That's kind of what we were thinking. The peace of mind would be nice as we are not in Portugal very long and do not want to get stuck at a station waiting for the next train. Do you know if we bought the full price one that leaves at 5:47 if we would be able to refund it if we went the day we got to Porto and were able to make a reso for the following morning? Or can we not do that because we have the stupid eurail pass! How would they know we have a eurail pass if not?

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3. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

The Comboios de Portugal refund rules (in English) are at this URL: https:/…refunds

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4. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

Yeah, I read that already... it says if you have a pass you can't. So I am assuming by pass it would include eurail pass.

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5. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

"So I am assuming by pass it would include eurail pass."

You are correct. Passholders receive a reservation only ticket which costs €5. There's no refund if you do not travel using that reservation. If you buy the full price ticket for the 0547 train from the website and then cancel it the next a refund may be available under item 1 on that refunds page.

The ticket office at Porto Campanhã opens at 0520 so if you plan to get a seat on the 0547 train using your passes you had better be there at the head of the line.

Is all this worth getting out of bed at 4am??

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6. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

So you are agreeing that I should just buy the ticket ahead of time and forget the pass?

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7. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

If you want to be 100% certain of being on that 0547 train, then buy a ticket from the CP website beforehand. If you do so more than a week in advance you may see some very cheap tickets.

One little saving is that you need only make a reservation as far as Tunes. When you change trains at Tunes for Lagos the final part of the journey will be on a non reserved local train for which your pass will accepted.

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8. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

Thanks for help! Do the trains going from tunes-lagos fill up?

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9. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

It varies. I've been on one in which you may have to stand for a while until a seat becomes vacant.

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10. Re: Made mistake of buying eurail pass. Can we reserve 1 day b4?

"Thanks for help! Do the trains going from tunes-lagos fill up?"

I have done that trip twice in recent weeks starting from Albufeira, the station before Tunes. Both trains picked up many passengers off the Lisbon train at Tunes, but everyone I saw who wanted a seat got one. Some selfish people tried to block seats by putting bags on them, the conductor was very good at getting them cleared. About half the passengers were tourists, some obviously coming from Faro airport. It's only a two car train but as said, if there are no seats you stand. Seats cannot be reserved.

Edited: 2:13 pm, June 07, 2018
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