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Thalys - High Speed Train


  • The famous Thalys train in Cologne
  • Thalys train in Garde de Nord, Paris
  • Interior of the Thalys

If your journey includes Paris, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany, then the high-speed Thalys train is your ticket. The “red train” Thalys provides direct links to 17 cities in all, and you can travel from Paris to Brussels in under ninety minutes. The Thalys makes over 50 round-trips per day, so there’s ample trains to suit travel schedules. And, with speed on your side, you’ll have plenty of time to take in all of the ambience and the attractions—not to mention those wonderful window views.

Thalys offers a wide variety of other on-board accommodations and services. So get ready to relax, stretch out in your reclining seat, and take in the view of the changing skyline. All first-class Thalys travelers going to Paris Gare du Nord from Amsterdam (or other cities) can book a taxi while still on the train. So the taxi will be waiting upon arrival at the station!

General Information

Reservation Requirements

Seat reservations are required on the Thalys trains and are included the ticket price. Reservations are required when traveling with a rail pass. Tickets can be requested up to 90 days in advance.

Ticket Delivery Options

  • Have the document shipped to you.
  • Print your tickets at home.
  • Print your tickets at the train station.

Luggage

  • Maximum 2 pieces of luggage meeting the following conditions per paying passenger: 32kg maximum per suitcase, 158cm maximum (the sum of the length+width+height)
  • 1 carry-on bag
  • Travel with children: If you are traveling with a child, you are permitted to take a pushchair on board the train for free in addition to your baggage allowance (see below).
  • To ensure everyone's safety, all luggage must be tagged.
  • You can store your luggage on-board free of charge under your own responsibility (note: for security reasons, tag and lock your suitcases. Don't leave them unattended). You can use the luggage rack above the seats, the luggage areas at either end of each carriage for larger suitcases, or the space on the floor between some of the back-to-back seats.

Economy

Seating - One Economy class trip on the Thalys and you’ll understand what has made taking the train such a popular travel option for people of all ages. Not only does an Economy ticket reserve a seat, but it gives you one with generous legroom and attendants in each car. Simply, you don’t have to suffer to save. And in addition to the scenic outside, there’s the scenic inside. A friendly, comfortable atmosphere and helpful staff that will serve drinks and snacks available for purchase at your seat. Sure, it may be called economy. But only your wallet will feel how inexpensive it really is.

Meals & Concessions - Who can enjoy anything when they’re hungry? That’s why we’ve put extra effort into making sure the Thalys bar car has food and drinks that will do as much to satisfy your appetite for good food as the train does to satisfy your appetite for adventure. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll find a selection of hot dishes, sandwiches, sweet and savory snacks, salads, hot and cold drinks, as well as organic and fair trade products available for purchase.
 Enjoy them at the bar or feel free to take them back to your comfortable seat. Either way, your trip will be that much more delicious.

On Board Services - Thalys offers Economy ticket holders great on-board services like WiFi access, which is free with a Semi-Flexible ticket. Or WiFi credits can be purchased in the Thalys bar car. Also available in every train car are phones that accept credit cards.

Services at the Station - With an Economy ticket, no check-in is required. But it is important to remember platforms may close 2-minutes before departure.

Premier

Seating - For discerning travelers looking for a high-end travel experience, we offer the Premier ticket. It starts with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that plays host to a just-for-you reserved and roomy recliner seat. You’re free to use your electronic devices on board and make phone calls in designated mobile areas. And with electrical outlets at every seat, both you and your laptop can arrive fully recharged for maximum productivity. There’s complimentary news and magazines from around the world, as well as a friendly staff to serve you. And all trains are no smoking to make sure you breathe easy.

Meals & Concessions - The food and drinks available to Premier ticket holders on-board are as good as it gets. Included in your ticket price for any trip over 50 minutes, meals are designed according to the local cuisine of the departure station and vary according to time of travel. Lucky you, you’re traveling in a gourmet paradise. And never one to rest on our laurels, Thalys revamps its culinary theme in line with the seasons three times a year. Your meal will be delivered directly to your seat by our friendly wait staff, and there’s an available bar to purchase food and drinks as well. Vegetarian options are also offered.

On Board Services - Traveling in comfort is easy thanks to on-board features like free wireless broadband internet and an outlet at your seat to keep your computer up and running. There are also complimentary international newspapers & magazines, and an available taxi reservation service for arrivals into Paris or Brussels (fee applies); you will be met in the station when you depart from the train. All on-board and on target for the demanding traveler.

Services at the Station - With a Premier ticket, no check in is required but platforms may close 2 minutes before departure. Important to know since you’ll have free access to the welcoming and hard to leave the DB lounge in the Cologne station, as well as the NS International Lounge in Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol and Rotterdam CS stations.

The dedicated staff at the rail stations will help to board and exit the train. Note, the access ramp can only be unfolded by the station staff and not by the Thalys’ staff. Therefore, the departure and arrival station staff will need to be informed in order to provide assistance


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