Seat reservation

I am looking at booking in advance to travel in France but I don't see how I can reserve a seat. I believe some of the trains would be duplex trains and I would want to be upstairs. I will be travelling London to marseille and then back via Avignon,Lyon,Dijon, Lille. Is there any way you can tell what is a duplex train in advance and can I reserve a seat on Loco2

Gerry

1 year, 2 months ago
Gerry
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The vast majority of journeys booked on Loco2 include a seat reservation, and all Eurostar and TGV services definitely do (journeys that don't include a seat reservation have "Unreserved seating" shown on the basket page before booking, but this is very rare and usually only applies to regional trains outside of France or Germany).

For TGV Duplex trains we have made it possible to choose from an Upper or Lower Deck seat. However, it is currently only possible to choose this option if the entire journey you are booking is on a TGV Duplex train. So if you are searching all the way from London in one go, you will not currently see the upper/lower deck option because the Eurostar leg is a single-deck train.

So if you are booking a London-Marseille journey, and you want to choose Upper Deck for the Paris-Marseille leg of the journey, you'll need to book the Paris-Marseille leg separately to the Eurostar leg. You can add both legs (London to Paris, Paris to Marseille) to your basket and then pay in one transaction.

For TGV Duplex trains, you will see the Upper Deck/Lower Deck option on the Choose Passengers page when you proceed to enter passenger names. For example, any of the trains on this page should give you that option when you proceed to Choose Passengers:

http://loco2.com/journey/paris-marseille-st-charles-tvt6f9

Thanks for asking this question, as it has made us realise that we need to try and address this issue. I will post an update here when we have worked out if it is possible for us to add the upper deck reservation option to journeys for which the Duplex leg is only one component.

Please let me know if I can be of any further help.

1 year, 2 months ago
JamieAndrews
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Thanks for your answer, I tried it out and see how it works. I would book the London - Lille trip separately and then the Lille - Marseille as a separate journey. I picked Lille as I believe that I would only have to change platforms and not stations, so I would stay away from Paris, assuming that is correct.

Although Rail Europe charge £8 booking fee, they can pick an actual seat, window seat, or table seat.

I am thinking of making half a dozen journeys, so the booking fee doesn't seem too excessive. I realise that Loco2 do not have a telephone booking system, so I assume I could not pick aisle/window/table?

I hope mentioning Rail Europe is not heresy!

Gerry

1 year, 2 months ago
Gerry
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