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Travelling on a Thalys train

At a glance

  • High speed train
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • France
  • Netherlands

Overview

For high-speed rail travel from Paris to Amsterdam, Brussels and Cologne, Thalys is the obvious choice. Thalys is both reliable and fast, travelling at a speed of up to 300 km/h. The company’s bold red styling creates strong brand presence on a tight network of business routes. But Thalys is good for leisure travel too, with competitive pricing and excellent connections with Eurostar at its Brussels hub.

Thalys runs year-round direct trains from Paris to Brussels and a dozen other stations in Belgium, the Netherlands and the Rhine-Ruhr area of Germany. Additional services speed from Amsterdam and Brussels to Lille and seasonally to the French Alps and Provence.

Using single-decker TGV-style trains with assertive branding, Thalys appeals to the international business and leisure markets.

Travel times are relatively short when travelling on Thalys trains, making it the perfect choice for hopping between France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. With frequent services – up to 23 daily returns between Paris and Brussels alone – it’s easy to plan a full adventure itinerary with Thalys.

Thalys also now offers direct services between Amsterdam Central Station to Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Marne-la-Vallée Chessy. Between December and April, Thalys trains offer direct services on Saturdays from Brussels-Midi or Antwerp Central to the ski resorts of Chambéry, Albertville, Moutiers, Aime-la-Plagne, Landry and Bourg-St-Maurice.

Practical information

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Before you board

When travelling on Thalys trains, there is no check-in prior to boarding. All you need is your ticket to hand. Once onboard, the train manager will check your travel documents.

It is advisable to arrive at the station 20 mins before you train’s departure time. Please note that the Paris train station has security gates that close 2 mins before departure time.

Onboard

Thalys trains are sleek, stylish and spacious.

The onboard bar on Thalys is open to all passengers, but geared more to Standard Class travellers who do not get the at-seat service provided in First Class. No great luxury, but a few bar tables where you can stand and enjoy a selection of hot snacks, sandwiches, desserts and coffee. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available.

Wifi vouchers are also available to purchase at the onboard bar, as are public transport tickets for the Netherlands, Brussels and Paris. All major credit cards are accepted with a minimum spend of €1.

If travelling with small children, please note that carriages 7, 17 and 27 provide a changing table, a washbasin and a bottle warmer.

Bicycles can be brought onboard Thalys trains, free of charge. If possible, the bicycle needs to be folded. If it is not a foldable bicycle, then it must be contained in a non-rigid frame no larger than 135x85x30cm (with the two wheels removed). Read more about taking your bikes on trains in our Help article.

You can easily recharge your laptop or mobile phone with the power sockets provided in your Thalys carriage.

Booking and printing options

Thalys tickets are open for bookings 90 days in advance.

A reservation is needed to travel onboard all Thalys trains.

Thalys train tickets have no hidden fees and they include the price of your seat reservation.

Get the lowest prices on Thalys by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell out quickly.

Opt for off-peak Thalys trains when you have to travel at short notice. Off-peak Thalys trains are more affordable than ones running mornings and evenings along with those running around the holidays, Fridays and Sunday afternoons.

Classes of service

There is a choice of three classes onboard Thalys trains: Standard, Comfort and Premium.

Thalys Premium Class

Premium Class on Thalys comes with extra-large, ergonomic seats and lots of luggage space. There are three seats across the aisle rather than four. Premium Class offers complimentary newspapers in several languages and ultra-fast free wifi. For all but the shortest journeys, a meal or snack with free drinks is included in the price of your ticket. Expect a good three-course spread on lunchtime and early evening journeys. Further amenities provided in Premium Class are enhanced access to station lounges and the possibility of booking a taxi to meet you at your destination.

Thalys Comfort Class

Seats in Thalys’ Comfort Class are located in the Premium Class carriage and you get all the space and style of Premium Class, just without the onboard service. There is free wifi and plenty of space for luggage, but without staff on hand to attend to your every need. If you want refreshments, you can walk down to the Thalys Bar to buy drinks and snacks.

Thalys Standard Class

Standard Class on Thalys offers comfortable seats with stylish modern decor, arranged in pairs across a central aisle. There are power sockets and free access to wifi. There is ample luggage space, both at the end of each carriage and in the racks above your seat. There’s no at-seat service but you can walk along to the Thalys Bar to buy drinks and snacks.

Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.