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

  • Paris - Amsterdam: 03:17
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Thalys High Speed Train.



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?

Soon Thalys will take you even further with routes from Amsterdam Central Station direct to Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Marne-la-Vallée Chessy. Travel on these new Thalys routes begins at the end of March 2019, but you can book tickets now!

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. Learn more

Practical information

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.

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.

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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.
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.

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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Judith D. | 2017/01/16 answered | 2 Comments
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Ramaswsamy N. | 2016/08/29 answered | 0 Comments
Will a germany - france rail pass (2 countries) include trains from paris to cologne (direct) via thalys (...) I am looking to purchase a German - France Rail Pass and was wondering if it covered the Thalys train from Paris to Cologne? Also, does the French pass give you access to TER trains? Thanks, (...)

Keng Y. | 2016/06/27 answered | 0 Comments
Can i reserve a seat on regional and intercity trains in belgium and germany? My wife and I will be travelling using first class Eurail passes. On the Rail Europe site I have been able to make bookings for ICE, Thalys and EC trains but am having no luck at all with Regional and Intercity trains. Is it possible to (...)

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Reviews & ratings

  • Value for money
    Way To Travel | Russell s. | 2017/01/20
    "Excellent service although all the tickets booked through Raileurope we received the worst seats available. Either no windows (the panel seats) and/or facing backwards. W booked early and though we would get better seats. Rest of service was excellent. "

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    Brussels to Amsterdam | Rosalyn o. | 2017/01/15
    "Comfortable train and ran to timetable. Not really enough luggage space and had to leave a bag in the corridor. Otherwise a good trip. "

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    Trip to Brussels  | Joseph b. | 2017/01/14
    "My wife and I traveled to Brussels from Amsterdam by RailEurope We found it great to just set back and relax,much more comfortable the flying,plenty of leg room and the sets were very comfortable! we choose first class and that's what we got it was great and so was the breakfast. We would differently train it again. "

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    Smooth Trip To Bruxelles | Richard m. | 2017/01/13
    "It was a very smooth trip to Bruxelles and good value for Money. The leg room was a bit tight hence not 5 Stars for comfort. Also as the storage facilities for suitcases was so small all the suitcases were piled up in the exit, and yes it would be the side we have to get off onto the platform!! "

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    The train trip wasn’t the prob | Edward r. | 2017/01/05
    "The train service is brilliant. I won't travel across Europe any other way in future. The only problem is Paris. Why they don't have a central station, I will never know. If you have to change trains, you most likely have to change stations as well. We had 1 hour to travel to the other station. We made it by less than a minute. The schedule didn't allow for the terrible Paris traffic. "

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    Wear comfortable shoes | Edward r. | 2017/01/02
    "The train trip itself was good. The problem was, the train service to Belgium is made up of two trains joined together. At Brussels, they separate, one goes to Amsterdam "

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    Amsterdam to brussels | Paul k. | 2016/12/29
    "Booked first class. Very happy with the level of service and comfort. No delays. Professional staff on board. All good. Only issue was delay just outside the station but they did announce what the problem was. "

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    comfort and relaxing  | Wenyu z. | 2016/12/22
    "the on board wifi is really good , you can barely feel its a 4 hours trips "

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    Holiday | Kathy h. | 2016/12/18
    "On the recommendation of from our family who did the same trip last year we decided to travel by Rail from Paris to Amsterdam and it was very relaxing, time went by and in no time we were in Amsterdam. "

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    First Train Trip in Europe  | Tracey h. | 2016/12/07
    "We loved every minute of it, we travelled 1st class. He service and staff were amazing will definitely be using this service again. "

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