Thalys

Thalys

1096 Reviews

Thalys, high speed trains and best way to travel between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne.

  • Paris - Amsterdam: 03:17
  • Book early, save up to 70%
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High Speed trains

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Thalys train

Overview

Thalys

Thalys, the famous red train, connects Belgium and France but also other countries like the Netherlands and Germany. The Thalys is a high speed train which can operate at a speed of up to 300 km/h. Travel durations are relatively short, making it the preferred solution to commute between France, Belgium and the Netherlands. With frequent services – up to 23 daily returns between Paris and Brussels alone – it’s easy to add another destination to your itinerary with Thalys.
You can buy your public transport tickets from the bar-buffet whilst on board.

More details

Feeling like taking an extensive break in the Old Continent? Thalys high-speed trains could take you between France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany with style and comfort at speeds of up to 300 km/hr. Learn more


Customer feedback Comfortable journey
« I had a very comfortable journey. »


Practical information


There is no check-in prior to boarding the Thalys trains. You can board the train with your ticket only and without any formalities. Thalys have multi-lingual staff on board.

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Print @ home

Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Print @ Station

Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Booking :
  • Thalys tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
Travelling with a Thalys train, or the red train as it is also called, means having an hassle-free journey with a touch of style and sophistication. Learn more

A class apart

On board

Classes of service

Classes and facilities offered by Thalys
First class Second class
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Meal and drink A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board.
Taxi reservation Pre-book a taxi and don’t waste time when you get off at your destination. At an additional cost.
WiFi Internet Enjoy the freedom to read your emails, surf and listen to online music thanks to the wireless internet on board.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.

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From our travel community

Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (1096)
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    Good |
    "Very fast journey. Comfortable. "

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    Simply Superb |
    "Very convenient and on dot in time! Will prefer ever!!! "

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    AMS-BRU |
    "Overall, the journey was great! "

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    Poor Advice |
    "Having not used this service before and being a foreigner we saw the advice on printed Thalys ticket that "for safety reasons, your presence on the Thalys platform is mandatory at least 2 minutes before the train's departure and assumed the process would be simple. However, when we got to the Gare Nord station and were directed by locals to a lift (we had baggage and my wife had hurt her back after slipping on ice in Switzerland) we got stuck at turnstyle type entry as our printed Thalys "ticket" did not get us through. We were severely delayed as locals tried to help (even holding ticked over scanner, etc.) and communication was difficult (we do not speak French). By the time we were redirected to another entrance that did not require turn-style access (I assume the first access we were directed to by locals was for Metro and not Thalys train) we had missed the train. We were then forced to by new tickets at Euro 130 each (Euro 90 for my under 26 year old daughter)! The original tickets cost Euro 20! (hence my rating of 5 stars for "Value for money). At the price of Euro 130 each I would have flown and not take the train, but had no options at that point. Thankfully the train trip itself was most pleasant and relaxing with access to WiFi while we drank a bottle of red French wine to drown our sorrows. "

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    Comfortable trip |
    "It was a comfortable 3hours trip from Amsterdam to Paris. It's highly recommended. "

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    Fantastic |
    "The train was on time and the staff was very friendly "

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    Christmas Market 2016 |
    "The train was crowded and uncomfortable. It was also very hot. The security lines were backed up because of a faulty piece of equipment. We barely made it on the train on time. "

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    Very nice trip |
    "Train on time, very well atended...! "

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    As expected |
    "The train was delayed because of the ice on the rail. After it, everything occurred as expected. "

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    great trip |
    "have travelled by Thalys in the past and as usual it was very nice experience. Was served breakfast and also mini breakfast during our trip from Paris to Amsterdam in First Class by very warm and courteous staff. Wifi was good, seats and toilets were nice. "

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FAQ's

Common Questions, Simple Answers

  • Q. How many luggage can I carry on-board Thalys?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

  • Q. How far in advance can I book Thalys tickets?

  • Q. How many classes of travel does Thalys offer?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Thalys tickets?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Thalys (Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam)?

  • Q. When do I need to check in before boarding a Thalys train?

  • Q. Do I need to book my Thalys ticket?

  • Q. Is there a catering service on Thalys trains?

  • Q. What are the main destinations Thalys trains connect to?

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