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Anyone looking to explore France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany will enjoy travelling on the high speed Thalys trains, which whisk passengers to their destinations at speeds of 300km/h.
Amsterdam - © Dennis van de Water
The high speed red Thalys trains, owned by French, Belgium and German railways link some of Europe’s most fascinating cities.
For example, there are currently 11 trains a day between Paris, Brussels, Cologne, and Amsterdam. And since the summer of 2011 Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Essen were added to the German destinations.
Trains in Belgium have the added benefit of being connected to the airport so it is easy to start your journey once you land in Brussels. There is also a winter service on the Thalys trains running every Saturday between the end of December and the middle of April from Brussels and Antwerp directly to the ski resorts of Chambéry, Albertville, Moutiers, Aime-la-Plagne, Landry and Bourg-St-Maurice.
An amazing experience
Passengers travelling with Thalys can book tickets up to 90 days in advance for some of the best deals on train fares. Once you have your ticket, checking in is easy as you can do this on the Thalys train instead of waiting in queues at the station. Passport and ticket checks take place when you are relaxed in your seat, so you can avoid hanging around at the station.
Thalys trains offer two levels of service.
Comfort 1 has large relaxing seats and extra space to read the free international newspapers or relax with a book, as well as free wifi access and in-seat meals.
Comfort 2 offers comfortable seats, wifi at a charge, and a wide selection of refreshments from the Thalys Bar in carriages 4, 14 and 24. You can also buy tickets for public transport for the Netherlands, Brussels and Paris at the bar.
Remember children less than 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when travelling with Thalys.
Fares and Passes
We have all the best fares and some great rail passes to help your journey with Thalys run as smoothly as possible. In fact there is a best value fare which can be booked 30 days before departure. But you’ll have to be quick off the mark as these are such good value they sell out fast!
Those fares are available for both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 and they are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
They are called « Book Early » for discounted fares and « Flexi » for full fares.
Thalys also offers the ‘Any Belgian Station’ fare which means you can continue your travel in Belgium for a discounted price.
A Thalys ticket will also be valid for one journey between any of the stations on the national Belgian network and one of the following stations: Brussels-Midi/Brussel-Zuid, Antwerp Berchem/Antwerp Centraal or Liège-Guillemins.