Travelling with a Thalys train, or the red train as it is also called, means having an hassle-free journey with a touch of style and sophistication.
Easy Booking and simple boarding
Travelling throughout Europe is probably a very good idea but if you do not pick the right transportation means, your dream journey can suddenly turn into a nightmare. Something you can easily avoid by choosing to travel on a Thalys train. Just remember that reservations are required for all Thalys and can be made up to 3 months before travel. Book well in advance if you want to get the best fares.
And if you want to get the best available fares, you might want to consider booking throughout Rail Europe website or call-centre.
Travel procedure is very easy on Thalys : you can board the train with your ticket only and without any more formalities. The train manager will check your travel documentation once on-board.
Thalys trains will offer you two separate classes : Comfort 1 and Comfort 2
Comfort 1 Class - © Thalys
With Comfort 1, you can start enjoying your travel journey in the comfort of the lounges located in the railways stations : you can relax on the NS Hispeed Lounge in Amsterdam, Schiphol or Rotterdam or even in the DB lounge in Cologne.
Then, you just need to get on the Thalys train and experience the same level of sophistication : multi-lingual staff will be welcoming you on-board and show you to your seat.
Aboard your Thalys train, just relax in spacious and reclining seats, while reading some of the complimentary international newspapers available on-board. You can even surf the Internet and read the dozens of emails awaiting a reply for days : free wifi is available on Thalys Comfort 1.
If you need some quieter space to work, you could use the Salon, a private space ideal for working alone or with colleagues. And if you want to avoid the long queues when arriving at Paris or Brussels stations, you could even book your taxi on-board your Thalys train.
No need to travel far if you get hungry : a delicious meal will be served directly to you seat.
Comfort 2 Class - © Thalys
- With Comfort 2, you can enjoy a wide selection of dishes offered by the Thalys Bar ; accessible in carriages 4, 14 and 24 : savoury and sweet snacks, cold and hot beverages but also organic produce or sourced from fair trade companies are available for sale at affordable prices
Wi-fi vouchers are also available for purchase at the Bar as well as your tickets for public transport for the Netherlands, Brussels and Paris. All the major credit cards are accepted on a minimum amount of 10 euros.
And if you feel like working on your Thalys trip, you can easily use and recharge your laptop or mobile phone with individual electric sockets located in your carriages.
Just remember that smoking is not allowed in the carriages throughout your journey.