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  • Paris - Amsterdam: 03:17
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Thalys, high speed trains and best way to travel between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne.

The high speed red Thalys trains travel at a speed of up to 300 km/h and connect Belgium to France, Germany and the Netherlands. The high speed trains run frequently – up to 23 daily returns between Paris and Brussels and offer passengers eight carriages and the choice of Comfort 1 (first class) or Comfort 2 (second class). Travelling on the Thalys means you can go from the centre of one incredible European city directly the heart of another. And if you want to lengthen your break why not travel all over the continent?

Popular journeys and travel durations

Thalys high-speed trains allows you to travel between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany in style and comfort at a speed of up to 300 km/h. Whether you want to explore Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam or Cologne, Thalys will take you there.

Paris Amsterdam 03:17 AU$ 54
Paris Frankfurt 05:45 AU$ 54
Brussels Paris 01:22 AU$ 45
Amsterdam Brussels 01:50 AU$ 45
Brussels Frankfurt 04:18 AU$ 30
Paris Cologne 03:14 AU$ 54
Brugge Paris 02:26 AU$ 45
Cologne Brussels 01:48 AU$ 30
Paris Rotterdam 02:37 AU$ 54
Paris Dusseldorf 03:41 AU$ 54
Amsterdam Rotterdam 00:36 AU$ 33
Lille Brussels 00:35 AU$ 30
Paris Antwerp 02:02 AU$ 45
Brussels Rotterdam 01:10 AU$ 45
Amsterdam Antwerp 01:12 AU$ 45
Brussels Dusseldorf 02:14 AU$ 30
Brussels Antwerp 00:35 AU$ 39
Hanover Paris 07:28 AU$ 54
Mannheim Paris 06:23 AU$ 54
Aachen Paris 02:36 AU$ 54
Paris Ghent 02:02 AU$ 45
Paris Namur 02:23 AU$ 39
Duisburg Paris 04:06 AU$ 54
Paris Essen 04:06 AU$ 54
Mons Paris 01:21 AU$ 44
Charleroi Paris 01:54 AU$ 47
Liege Paris 02:08 AU$ 45

Booking and printing options

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.

Printing option(s) :

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

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Print @ Station

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

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Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

More details

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.

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Before you board

It’s always best to plan ahead and for help organising your onward journey or deciding where to stay on arrival, take a look at which station you will be arriving at. Remember some cities have more than one main train station.

Don’t worry about long check in queues at the station – when travelling with Thalys you don’t need to check in. You can board the train and get settled. Just have your ticket to hand for the inspector.


Thalys trains offer a comfortable modern service in both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2. Comfort 1 passengers benefit from free wifi access and are served a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) in their seats. Comfort 2 passengers can enjoy snacks and refreshments from the buffet-bar car and can also access wifi for a small charge. You can buy Paris Metro tickets on board from the bar-buffet car.
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.
Newspapers and magazines Grab your free international/local newspaper or magazine and enjoy the ride.
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.


Meal services on Thalys trains

  • In 1st class you receive a full meal on board Thalys trains, in the comfort of your own seat. Meals served are breakfast, lunch and dinner and include a choice of drinks, cold starter and main course, bread and dessert. In 2nd class you have full access to the bar buffet, which offers (you) a selection of food and beverages, as well as organic and fair trade products. Whichever class you travel on Thalys, and whatever time of day it is, you know that you will not be hungry!

Stay connected with Thalys!

  • WI-FI connection is available on board all Thalys trains, so that you can work as you travel, or be in touch with friends and family via your computer. This service is complimentary for 1st class passengers and also available for 2nd class passengers, but at an additional cost. So if you need to stay connected you can – keeping continuity in your busy work day or organising your social life for the evening!

Thalys helps you get to "Any Belgian Station"

  • Thalys works very closely with the SNCB train network to ensure good coordination and continuity of service. The “Any Belgian Station” fare includes both the Thalys and the Belgian leg of the journey, at a minimal extra cost, and is valid for two days either before or after your Thalys journey. You have no need to book a reservation for the local Belgian train ride – as you can imagine, this fare is convenient and saves time! Let Thalys help make travelling in Belgium easy for you!

More details

Taking the high speed Thalys trains around Europe will add a touch of class and style to your trip.

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Thalys tickets?

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

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

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

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Overall rating (1096)

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  • "Bit cramped Thayls"    
    We booked very early and first class and it seemed that we had window seats opposite each other. When we boarded the train, we found that we had adjacent seats, against the bulkhead so only one of us had a window. We were also facing the wrong way. Thayls is not good. My trip from Hanover to Amsterdam was terrible in a very cramped booth for six - first class in contrast to the wonderful IC train from Germany.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very efficient service"    
    What a great way to travel to the airport. So pleased we did it by train. Thalys is an excellent service.  
  • "Paris to and form Bruges"    
    The return trip was delayed in Bruges by the false bomb scare in Brussels, but thanks to 1, good advice from Rail officials at Bruges ( get on a later train which might get your connection) and 2.( having missed my train) excellent Thalys in Brussels rushed me on to a train in 2 minutes. I guess your are now used to such drama.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "World holiday"    
    We find that rail travel is comfortable, convienent and relaxing. Providing travel from the centre of city to centre of city, without stress.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Friendly staff"    
    When I asked how to rotate the chair, the staff offered me family seats in the separated area. Having two kids, that was really nice! The staff were very flexible and we had unexpected luxurious time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast and Easy way to travel"    
    I slept 2.5 of the 3 hour jouney. It was a comfortable chair and a smooth journey. Only negative is the food selection but nothing drastic.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Trip"    
    The train was on time, was a very smooth ride and great value for money if you book in advance    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train Excellent, App Awful"    
    I sent a message now 14 days ago about a problem I had I mentioned it it other feedback and still have not heard back Awful customer service - getting to the point where I will no longer refer Trains are excellent    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Seating arrangements "    
    Without a doubt a great way to travel between European cities - very relaxing. When booking seats, it would be helpful to identify which seats face forward and which seats face backwards. In addition which seats have a reduced window advantage as a result of an inside pillar (or part of the train's internal frame). An enjoyable aspect to train travel is the views of the country side, which is unfortunately reduced if you happen to get one of the seats that has the pillar in the middle of the window. Apart from this - a great experience.    Convenience
  • "The Bags?"    
    The only thing I could question was the lack of information about what door to access the train and to be able to store bags. I like a few others had to drag bags thru the carriage as the bag storage was at the other end or in the next carriage.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "good trip"    
    The trip was good    Value for money  Convenience
  • "perfect for non-Europeans"    
    We are from Australia and speak nothing other than English, so the trips within European countries are hard to understand. With Rail Europe, everything was settled well in advance (the tickets arrived with amazing speed). The train followed the timetable down to the second. I left something on the train, so the conductor raced over to help me and held the train while I raced back (great service for panicked tourist). Thalys is always good.  
  • "Very enjoyable "    
    Was easy to find platform. Train was modern and comfortable we were given a choice of menu. Staff were very nice, I would definitely travel with them again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "It was OK until it broke"    
    We almost made it to Rotterdam before the train broke. Towed into Rotterdam over an hour later the Thalys customer service was non existent. Eventually, by word of mouth from other passengers, after standing around for 30 minutes we learned we were to get on a bus to Antwerp. Arriving in Antwerp, again with no assistance offered, we managed to get our tickets stamped to get on a train to complete our journey to Brussels and then attempt to get our connecting tickets changed, our original train having departed 5 hours previously. Fortunately all went smoothly.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Train to Amsterdam"    
    Very comfortable fast trip. Station staff in Paris very helpful in expediting boarding as we were travelling with an infant. Much appreciated. One minor inconvenience was our carriage both boarding and disembarking was at far end of the platform making a long walk with luggage and baby and no assistance or trolleys. Otherwise most enjoyable.    Value for money  Convenience
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