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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.

Thalys, the famous red train, connects Belgium and France but also other countries like the Netherlands and Germany. The Thalys is a high speed train which can operate at a speed of up to 300 km/h. Travel durations are relatively short, making it the preferred solution to commute between France, Belgium and the Netherlands. With frequent services – up to 23 daily returns between Paris and Brussels alone – it’s easy to add another destination to your itinerary with Thalys.
You can buy your public transport tickets from the bar-buffet whilst on board.

Popular journeys and travel durations

Thalys offers direct and high-speed services between Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and Cologne. Aboard Thalys trains you can reach city centres in the pure tradition of comfort and service at high speed.

Popular journeys and travel durations
JourneyTravel time
Paris - Brussels1h22
Paris - Cologne3h14
Paris - Amsterdam3h18
Paris - Düsseldorf3h47
Brussels - Amsterdam1h53
Brussels - Cologne1h47
Brussels - Düsseldorf2h20
Antwerp - Amsterdam Schiphol0h57

Paris Amsterdam 03:17 € 35
Paris Frankfurt 05:45 € 35
Brussels Paris 01:22 € 29
Amsterdam Brussels 01:50 € 29
Brussels Frankfurt 04:18 € 19
Paris Cologne 03:14 € 35
Brugge Paris 02:26 € 29
Cologne Brussels 01:48 € 19
Paris Rotterdam 02:37 € 35
Paris Dusseldorf 03:41 € 35
Amsterdam Rotterdam 00:36 € 21
Lille Brussels 00:35 € 19
Paris Antwerp 02:02 € 29
Brussels Rotterdam 01:10 € 29
Amsterdam Antwerp 01:12 € 29
Brussels Dusseldorf 02:14 € 19
Brussels Antwerp 00:35 € 25
Hanover Paris 07:28 € 35
Mannheim Paris 06:23 € 35
Aachen Paris 02:36 € 35
Paris Ghent 02:02 € 29
Paris Essen 04:06 € 35
Duisburg Paris 04:06 € 35
Paris Mons 01:21 € 25
Paris Liege 02:10 € 29
Charleroi Paris 01:54 € 30
Namur Paris 02:24 € 40

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

Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

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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

Feeling like taking an extensive break in the Old Continent? Thalys high-speed trains could take you between France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany with style and comfort at speeds of up to 300 km/hr.

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Experience the service

Before you board

Railway stations served by the Thalys trains are modern structures with essential services for travellers.

There is no check-in prior to boarding the Thalys trains. You can board the train with your ticket only and without any formalities. Thalys have multi-lingual staff on board.


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. 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

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.

On board

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Thalys tickets?

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

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

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Overall rating (1096)

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Excellent 44% Very good 35% Average 16% Poor 3% Terrible 2%

  • "Excelent experience"    
    Very confortable and the crew was friendly and help to us how to proceed    Value for money  Convenience
  • "not bad"    
    there was too many stops and they did not mention that    Value for money  Convenience
  • "*****"    
    comfortable and kind service provided    Value for money  Convenience
  • "everything was excellent"    
    everything was excellent, except the registration for WI FI, you sent me the verification by mail. how can I verify if I have not internet?    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent way to travel"    
    No complaints on this trip. Convenient way to travel.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Brussels"    
    My wife and I took a took to Brussels from Paris by comfort1 class this was great for those who want to have a enjoyable small train trip this is the way to travel.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "amsterdam-brussels"    
    good trip, good value. pity the train was late and no attempt was made to inform passengers about the delay    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Grate!!"    
    Everything was grate, especialy the space and the free WIFI    Value for money  Convenience
  • "fast and relaxed way to travel"    
    Fast way to travel from Paris to Amsterdam. Comfortable seats and access to electricity for Phone is positive. Pitty some people still use their Phone at their seats.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very comfortable journey "    
    This was one of the comfortable and value for money journey. The services were par excellence. Would definitely travel again in Thylas.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Pleasant"    
    A very pleasant way to travel. Convenient - from our home city station. Easy - allocated seat and comfort all the way. Delightful because we could take the dog too!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Any more space for large luggage?"    
    Everything goes nice. If there were more afficient space for large luggage would be much better.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Bruxelles to Colgne "    
  • "Everything go smooth"    
    Everything go smooth from ticketing to travelling    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Rail trip"    
    The trip was comfortable but the wifi was useless.  
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