Thalys 20th Anniversary: Lowest fares on 1st and 2nd class
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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
Frankfurt Paris 05:49 € 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
Paris Dusseldorf 03:41 € 35
Rotterdam Amsterdam 00:37 € 21
Brussels Lille 00:36 € 19
Paris Antwerp 02:02 € 29
Brussels Rotterdam 01:10 € 29
Antwerp Amsterdam 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
Liege Paris 02:08 € 29
Paris Charleroi 01:53 € 25
Ghent Paris 02:02 € 29
Ostend Paris 02:41 € 41
Essen Paris 04:20 € 35
Paris Namur 02:23 € 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Thalys tickets?

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

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

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

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Overall rating (1096)

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  • "Great Experience !"    
    While we had several German rail trips , all of which were great, this specific Euro Rail between Koln and Paris was a great experience too. Thank you    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Poor"    
    Everything was fine, except that I made an on line reservation with anticipation, to make connection from Gare Lyon-Paris Nord-Amsterdam and I have not enough time to get to Paris Nord Station and catch the train so I lose it. So I went to Thalys office and told them about my situation and that I was from Costa Rica and didn´t know well the station, and for my surprise they made me pay again a huge amount of money to catch the next train. I understand that I had to pay but I think they could have made an exception due to my situation and lower the price.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Excellent"    
    Much better than flying!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Choice with Rail Europe"    
    Boarding with Thalys was one of the best experience I've ever had in my life. Punctual, good service, user friendly staff and provide excellent cafe on board. Good Job Rail Europe !!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "AMS - PARIS on May 2016"    
    We had the best experience while traveling with Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris. Staff on Amsterdam Central Station were extremely helpful, the train departed and arrived on time and the trip itself was very comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Superb!!"    
    very good service....    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable than flight"    
    This Thalys train journey was very comfortable in terms of timing, cost and facilities. It took only 1hr 30 mins approx. from Paris to Brussels and both stations are at heart of the cities. So one can avoid travelling to Airport, the checkin time, etc. Also you can work in the train with Wifi access.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip"    
    All round great experience, thanks!  
  • "Fair value of train"    
    Reecently I travelled from Brussels to Paris Nord. Please note the difference gate as there are many railways. Please be familiar to your gates    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Thalys Rocks"    
    Wonderful staff, most helpful, smiling and on time. A journey most pleasant. Thank you. VJ  
  • "Paris to Amsterdam"    
    Comfortable journey. pleasant experience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Business trip "    
    It was a long delay in the way to the Netherlands . we missed the next train to Meple.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Timely and comfort"    
    Took the rail to Brussels. Security was tight. Train was timely and comfortable. However, the timing to the next train was too rush and close. The station master also gave us the wrong platform.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Hasslefree travel"    
    I was very impressed with timeliness of trains, seating arrangements and helping attitude of Railway staff. Moreover we got free ride from Brussels Midi to the Central Station which was a bonus.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip to Paris"    
    The wait staff was excellent.    Value for money  Convenience
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