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  • Paris - Amsterdam: 03:17
  • Book early, save up to 70%
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High speed trains

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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

Amsterdam Paris 03:17 € 35
Paris Frankfurt 05:45 € 35
Paris Brussels 01:22 € 29
Brussels Amsterdam 01:50 € 29
Brussels Frankfurt 04:18 € 19
Cologne Paris 03:15 € 35
Paris Brugge 02:26 € 29
Brussels Cologne 01:47 € 19
Rotterdam Paris 02:37 € 47
Amsterdam Rotterdam 00:36 € 21
Dusseldorf Paris 03:47 € 35
Brussels Lille 00:36 € 19
Antwerp Paris 02:02 € 41
Brussels Rotterdam 01:10 € 29
Amsterdam Antwerp 01:12 € 29
Dusseldorf Brussels 02:20 € 19
Brussels Antwerp 00:35 € 25
Hanover Paris 07:28 € 35
Mannheim Paris 06:23 € 35
Aachen Paris 02:36 € 35
Paris Mons 01:21 € 25
Liege Paris 02:08 € 29
Paris Charleroi 01:53 € 25
Namur Paris 02:24 € 40
Paris Ostend 02:41 € 29
Essen Paris 04:20 € 35
Ghent Paris 02:02 € 29

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.

Printing guide

Print @ Station

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

Printing guide

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. Do I need to book my Thalys ticket?

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Thalys tickets?

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

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

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

  • Q. How far in advance can I book Thalys tickets?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (1096)

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Overall appreciation

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

  • "Rail trip"    
    The trip was comfortable but the wifi was useless.  
  • "Excellent - Thalys service"    
    Was travelling from Amsterdam to Lourdes, with train changeover in Paris. Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris was good, hospitality was excellent, seats very comfortable and they provide food for First class. But could not reach Paris Montparnasse from Paris Nord within 1 hour. So we missed our TGV train to Lourdes and had to buy 6 new tickets. If travelling with family and luggage make sure you have ample time to change stations.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "good trip"    
    nice trip, very fast and comfortable    Value for money  Convenience
  • "paris - bruxelles"    
    Seat are comfortable, departure and arrival on time as schedules, entry to the train was organized well    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Like a flight experience"    
    My first time in first class and it is like on flight ! With food served and drinks too, and even snack after a full dinner. Train doesn't need a check in time so I would definitely choose train again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "train Cologne to Amsterdam"    
    excellent service, easy, convenient. train change on same platform    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Amsterdam - Paris Nord 11/7/20"    
    The trip was uneventful. The only criticism is that there were no racks for suitcases as we got on the carriage - we had large suitcases which we had to get half way down the carriage and then put in the racks above our heads. There were also people coming from the opposite direction with their suitcases which made it a bit of a bunfight.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "interior condition of train"    
    Overall the services was good, but the train interior condition is not very good. for example, the seat cant be adjust to others    Value for money  Convenience
  • "very good"    
    Time schedule is very good, clean, comfort, convenience but the price is quite expensive.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "excellent "    
    the trip was great, I think its more important to go on first class if you have a lot of baggage. since, the place to put it is near to the seat. I would like also to thank the rail road for providing food during the journey  
  • "Amsterdam to Paris"    
    Good trip - no problems. The conductors were a lot of fun.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Too expecsive"    
    Too expecsive    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Ams-Paris"    
    The Journey was a class apart including the food too. I was in first class and even the services were great    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very fast and good connection"    
    The French TGV and Thalis trains are fast connections which permit to cover big distances in the country fast. They are quite reliable and well made, each car has its own person checking the travellers and helping with basic things. The trains have sufficient long stops which permit to handle the luggage well; however, the space for luggage inside the cars is in general insufficient and so it is recommended to travel with as few luggage as possible.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very Good"    
    Thalys was one of the best railways we travelled. Wifi is average, still good.    Value for money  Convenience
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