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A seat numbering plan shows you where your seat is located in the carriage.  Seat & berth numbers are often not consecutive, for example 21 & 25 are an upper & lower berth in the same 2-bed sleeper.

 

To find a seating plan for a type of train...

Seat Guru for trains?  Maybe not quite yet!  But on this page you'll find links to train seating plans, showing the layout and numbering of seats & sleeping berths in specific types of train and carriage for the key countries in Europe.  Keeping all the links working is difficult, so please report any dead links, or any new train seat plans.

Click the country where your train journey starts:

UK

 

Belgium

 

Germany

 

Switzerland

 

Spain

France

 

Netherlands

 

Austria

 

Italy

  Sweden
Denmark                

Train formations & carriage numbering...

You'll often find train formation plans posted in glass cases on station platforms so that you know where on the platform to stand to board your particular car.  These show the train make-up with carriage sequence and carriage numbering for specific train departures, listed by train number. Unfortunately, train operators don't usually provide this information online, but there are a couple of useful private sites that show this information, often with photos of what the cars look like:

Can I book a specific seat?

When booking online, the Eurostar website (www.eurostar.com) and Swedish railways website (www.sj.se) set a best practice in letting you book a specific seat from a numbered seating plan of their own train's seating layout.  But these are the exceptions, and most online booking sites only let you choose 'aisle' or 'window'.  If you want to book a specific seat on any other train, you'll need to book by phone, preferably with an agency that uses the relevant country's own reservation system.  For example, if you call Rail Europe they are a subsidiary of French Railways, they use the French Railways reservation & ticketing system and can easily book a specific seat on a French TGV.  But they can usually only select basic options such as 'aisle' or 'window' when booking a German or Italian or Spanish train.  Conversely, German Railways UK office obviously uses the German reservation and ticketing system, they can easily book you a specific seat or type of seat on a German ICE, but can only access basic options such as 'aisle' or 'window' on Eurostar or on a French or Italian train.  There's a list of UK booking agencies here, if you really want to book a specific seat then try calling an agency with the most relevant reservation system.  Also worth knowing is that when booking French trains online, www.raileurope.co.uk only offers you basic 'aisle' or 'window' options, whereas the French Railways website www.tgv-europe.com offers many more additional options such as 'duo face to face' (table for 2, also known as Club Duo) or 'club four' (table for 4, also known as Club Quatre) in 1st class, 'carré' (table for 4) in 2nd class, and 'salle haut' (top deck) & 'salle basse' (bottom deck) on a double deck TGV Duplex.  I definitely recommend the top deck on a TGV Duplex to anyone without severe mobility problems!

Are we booked in the same sleeper compartment?

Berth numbering in sleepers and couchettes often causes confusion.  People with berth numbers 21 & 25 wonder if they're really together in the same 2-bed sleeper, when yes they are!  Look at the 'generic' sleeping-car numbering plan below, or search for the specific sleeper train you're booked on in the list below, based on the country in which your journey starts.  Adjacent compartments may have a communicating door when people travelling together occupy both compartments, for example 11/13/15 will often have a door through to 12/14/16, 21/23/25 will have a door to 22/24/26 and so on.

Typical sleeper numbering plan.  When used as a 2-berth, only the top & bottom berth numbers are used, for example 21 & 25.

Typical couchette numbering plan.  When used as 4-berth, only the top & bottom berth numbers are usually used, for example 21, 22, 25 & 26.

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List of train seat numbering plans, country by country...

UK
Train: Routes operated: Seat plan: More information:
Eurostar London to Paris

London to Brussels

click for seating plan More info about Eurostar
Virgin Trains Pendolino trains:  London to Birmingham, Crewe, Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle, Glasgow.  Voyagers:  London to Chester, Holyhead (for Dublin) click for seating plan More info about UK trains
East Coast Trains London - Leeds - York - Newcastle - Edinburgh click for seating plan More info about UK trains
First Great Western London-Bristol/Cardiff/Swansea, high-density

London-Exeter/Plymouth/Penzance, low-density

click for seating plan

click for seating plan

More info about UK trains
East Midlands Trains London-Derby/Nottingham-Sheffield click for seating plan More info about UK trains
Arriva Cross Country Plymouth-Bristol-Birmingham-Leeds-Newcastle, Bournemouth-Birmingham-Manchester etc. click for seating plan More info about UK trains
Arriva Trains Wales Crewe-Chester-Holyhead & others. click for seating plan More info about UK trains
Hull Trains London-Hull click for seating plan More info about UK trains
Trans-Pennine Express Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-Newcastle. click for seating plan More info about UK trains
Scotrail Caledonian Sleepers.  Trains within Scotland. click for seating plan More info about UK trains
Other trains All other routes non available More info about UK trains
France
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
TGV Réseau Lille to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Montpelier

(a few services now use TGV Duplex)

click for seating plan More info about TGV
TGV Med Paris-Lyon-Marseille-Nice

(although most services are now TGV Duplex)

click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

More info about TGV
TGV Duplex

Paris-Lyon-Marseille-Nice (a few are still TGV Med)

A few Lille-Lyon-Marseille TGVs are Duplex

1st & 2nd generation Duplex:

click for seating plan

3rd generation EuroDuplex:

click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

Alternative seating plan

Alternative seating plan

More info about TGV

Video guide

TGV Atlantique All Paris-Nantes, Bordeaux, Lourdes, Irun TGVs

click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

Alternative seating plan

More info about TGV
TGV Est Paris-Reims, Nancy, Metz, Strasbourg TGVs click for seating plan More info about TGV
Intercités de jour (Téoz) Paris-Limoges-Toulouse, Bordeaux-Toulouse-Marseille-Nice

click for seating plan

Alternative seat plan

More info about Téoz
Intercités de Nuit (Lunéa) French domestic overnight trains couchette car berth plan More info about French night trains
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
Eurostar Paris to London click for seating plan More info about Eurostar
Thalys Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

Alternative seat plan

More info about Thalys
ICE 3 Paris to Frankfurt (most trains)

(Note:  Cars have been renumbered, e.g. car 28 is now car 29, however, plan reflects old car numbers until new plan can be sourced)

click for seating plan More info about ICE
TGV Paris to Stuttgart, Munich, Luxembourg (Lacroix) click for seating plan More info about TGV
TGV-Lyria Paris to Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich click for seating plan More info about Lyria
TGV Duplex

Paris-Barcelona

Paris-Zurich (most), Paris-Geneva (some), Paris-Munich, Paris-Frankfurt (some)

click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

Alternative seating plan

More info about TGV

Video guide

 

TGV Paris-Milan Paris - Turin - Milan  (Lacroix interior)

click for seating plan

More info about Paris-Turin-Milan TGVs

Video guide

Thello sleeper trains Paris - Milan- Venice sleeper click for seating plan

More info about Thello

Video guide

City Night Line sleepers Paris - Munich, Paris-Berlin, Paris-Hamburg sleeper trains

Comfortline sleeping car

Couchette car

Seats car

More info on City Night Line

All French trains are now non-smoking, even though older seat plans may refer to 'smoking' cars.

Car number greater than 10?  When two TGV units run coupled together, cars in the first set are numbered 1-8, the second 11-18.  So car 18 is the same as car 8 on the seating plan.

Belgium
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
No seating plans available.  All Belgian domestic trains are of the hop on and find a free seat variety, seat reservation not necessary or possible.
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
Eurostar Brussels to London click for seating plan More info about Eurostar
Thalys Brussels to Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

Alternative seat plan

More info about Thalys
ICE 3 Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt

(Note:  Cars have been renumbered, e.g. car 28 is now car 29, however, plan reflects old car numbers until new plan can be sourced)

click for seating plan More info about ICE
Netherlands
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
No seat numbering plans available.  All Dutch domestic trains are of the hop on and find a free seat variety, seat reservation not necessary or possible.
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
Thalys Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

Alternative seat plan

More info about Thalys
ICE 3 Amsterdam - Cologne - Frankfurt

(Note:  Cars have been renumbered, e.g. car 28 is now car 29, however, plan reflects old car numbers until new plan can be sourced)

click for seating plan More info about ICE
German InterCity (IC) Amsterdam - Hannover - Berlin click for seating plan -
City Night Line sleepers Amsterdam - Prague, Copenhagen sleeper trains

Amsterdam - Munich, Zurich sleeper trains

Comfortline sleeping car

Double deck sleeper

Couchette car

Seats car

More info about City Night Line
Jan Kiepura sleeper train Amsterdam - Warsaw - Moscow none available More info about Jan Kiepura
Germany
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
ICE 1 Various click for seating plan More info about ICE
ICE 2 Various, including Cologne - Hanover - Berlin click for seating plan More info about ICE
ICE 3 Various

(Note:  Cars have been renumbered, e.g. car 28 is now car 29, however, plan reflects old car numbers until new plan can be sourced)

click for seating plan More info about ICE
InterCity (IC) trains Various click for seating plan -
City Night Line sleepers Hamburg to Munich

Berlin to Munich

Comfortline sleeping car

Couchette car

Seats car

More info about City Night Line
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
Thalys to Brussels & Paris Cologne - Brussels-Paris click for seating plan

(click 'train diagram')

More info about Thalys
ICE 3 to Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam Frankfurt - Paris

Frankfurt - Cologne - Brussels

Frankfurt - cologne - Amsterdam

click for seating plan More info about ICE
InterCity (IC) to Amsterdam Berlin-Hanover-Amsterdam click for seating plan -
TGV Duplex to Paris Munich - Stuttgart - Paris click for seating plan More info about TGV
Railjet Munich - Vienna - Budapest click for seating plan More info about Railjet
City Night Line sleepers Cologne to Prague, Copenhagen

Hamburg to Zurich

Berlin to Zurich

Comfortline sleeping car

Double deck sleeper

Couchette car

Seats car

More info about City Night Line
 
Austria
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
Railjet Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck click for seating plan More info on Railjet
InterCity trains Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck, Vienna-Klagenfurt-Graz none available -
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
Railjet to Switzerland, Germany & Hungary Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Zurich,

Vienna-Budapest

Vienna-Salzburg-Munich

click for seating plan More info on Railjet
ICE 1 to Germany Vienna - Germany click for seating plan More info about ICE
ICE 2 to Germany Vienna - Germany click for seating plan More info about ICE
ICE 3 to Germany Vienna - Germany click for seating plan More info about ICE
Switzerland
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
No seating plans available for general Swiss train.  Most Swiss domestic trains are of the hop on and find a free seat variety, seat reservation not necessary or possible.
Glacier Express Zermatt - Brig - Chur - St Moritz click for seating plan More info on Glacier Express
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
TGV-Lyria to Paris Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Zurich to Paris click for seating plan More info about Lyria
ICE 1 to Germany Switzerland - Germany click for seating plan More info about ICE
ICE 2 to Germany Switzerland - Germany click for seating plan More info about ICE
ICE 3 to Germany Switzerland - Germany click for seating plan More info about ICE
City Night Line sleepers Basel or Zurich - Prague

Zurich & Basel - Hamburg & Amsterdam

Comfortline sleeping car

Double deck sleeper

Couchette car

Seats car

More info about City Night Line
Swiss - Italy EuroCity trains

(formerly Cisalpino)

Zurich, Basel, Geneva & Lausanne to Milan

none available

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Swiss-Austria-Hungary Railjet Zurich-Innsbruck-Salzburg-Vienna-Budapest click for seating plan More info about Railjet
Italy
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
Frecciarossa (ETR500) Turin-Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples 175mph high-speed trains.  Trains progressively being refurbished with 4 classes, Standard, Premium, Business & Executive.

ETR500 Frecciarossa

More info about Frecciarossa

A few trains now operate with 4 classes, most still with 2.

The grey bars between seats are tables...

Frecciargento (ETR485, ETR610) Various including Venice-Florence-Rome, Rome-Bari.  125mph tilting trains.

ETR600

ETR610

ETR485

More info about Frecciargento

Some trains use ETR485, some ETR610, some ETR600.

The grey bars between seats are tables...

Frecciabianca Various including Milan-Verona-Venice, Milan-Bologna-Bari-Brindisi. 125mph trains. none available More info about Frecciabianca
InterCity trains Various including Rome-Sicily, Milan-Genoa click for seating plan More info about InterCity trains
InterCity Notte Various including Rome-Sicily, Milan-Naples, Milan-Sicily. See above More info about Italian night trains
NTV Italo

Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples

Venice-Florence-Rome

click for seating plan More info about Italo
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
TGV Milan-Turin-Paris Milan-Turin-Paris (Lacroix interior)

click for seating plan

More info about Paris-Italy TGV
Thello sleeper trains Venice, Verona, Milan to Paris sleeper train click for seating plan More info about Thello
City Night Line sleepers Rome, Florence, Venice to Munich sleeper train

Comfortline sleeping car

Couchette car

Seats car

More info about City Night Line
Spain
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
AVE  (S100 TGV-based) Madrid-Cordoba-Seville high-speed trains click for seating plan More info about AVE
AVE  (S102/112 Talgo-based) Some Madrid-Malaga high-speed trains click for seating plan -
AVE  (S103 ICE-based) Madrid-Barcelona, some Madrid-Malaga trains click for seating plan -
Alvia S120 Madrid-Logrono and others click for seating plan -
Alvia S130 Madrid-Bilbao, Irun, Alicante and others click for seating plan -
Altaria Madrid-Granada, Algeciras and others none available More info on Altaria
You can find seat numbering plans for Spanish trains at the Spanish Railways website, www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/nuestros_trenes/index.html.
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
TGV Duplex (Barcelona-) Figueres-Perpignan-Paris high-speed daytime trains. click for seating plan

Alternative seating plan

Video guide
Denmark
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
IC3, IC4

Various

n/a

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International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
City Night Line sleeper train Copenhagen to Cologne, Amsterdam, Prague, Basel. Comfortline sleeping car

Double deck sleeper

Couchette car

Seats car

More info about City Night Line
SJ2000

Copenhagen-Stockholm

click for seating plan SJ2000 page
Sweden
Domestic trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
SJ2000

Stockholm - Gothenburg

Stockholm - Malmo

click for seating plan

alternative seat plan

More info about SJ2000
SJ3000 (X55 Regina) Various, eg Stockholm-Sundsvall click for seating plan -
International trains: Routes operated: Seating plan: More information:
SJ2000

Stockholm - Copenhagen

click for seating plan

alternative seat plan

SJ2000 page

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