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  • Paris - Amsterdam: 03:17
  • Book early, save up to 70%
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
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  • 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

Paris Amsterdam 03:17 HK$319
Frankfurt Paris 05:49 HK$319
Paris Brussels 01:22 HK$264
Amsterdam Brussels 01:50 HK$264
Brussels Frankfurt 04:18 HK$173
Paris Cologne 03:14 HK$319
Brugge Paris 02:26 HK$264
Brussels Cologne 01:47 HK$173
Rotterdam Paris 02:37 HK$429
Rotterdam Amsterdam 00:37 HK$191
Paris Dusseldorf 03:41 HK$319
Lille Brussels 00:35 HK$173
Paris Antwerp 02:02 HK$264
Rotterdam Brussels 01:10 HK$264
Amsterdam Antwerp 01:12 HK$264
Brussels Dusseldorf 02:14 HK$173
Brussels Antwerp 00:35 HK$228
Hanover Paris 07:28 HK$319
Mannheim Paris 06:23 HK$319
Paris Aachen 02:35 HK$319
Ostend Paris 02:41 HK$374
Paris Namur 02:23 HK$228
Paris Ghent 02:02 HK$264
Paris Essen 04:06 HK$319
Duisburg Paris 04:06 HK$319
Mons Paris 01:21 HK$255

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. How many classes of travel does Thalys offer?

  • 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 are the main destinations Thalys trains connect to?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Thalys tickets?

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

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

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

  • 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?

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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%

  • "Comfortable journey "    
    Excellent experience. Great wifi accessibility to trains very good. And very good experience. Booking experience can be confusing. Different websites show different prices.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Easy going"    
    Our trip from Paris Nord to Brussels was comfortable, very convenient and quick. Thank you.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Exhilarating."    
    Very comfortable seats, quiet and exceptionally speedy.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Best train used"    
    I traveled on 4 different first class trains in Europe and the Thalys was the best of those. Others used TGV, ICE and EC    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fast and Convenient"    
    The train journey from Paris City Center to Amsterdam Centraal take about three hours which end-to-end is faster than flying if you consider that you need to reach the airport 2 hours in advance and the airports are located far from the city. Also, the trains are more spacious and comfortable and offer a better close-up view of the countryside. Definitely the best way to see Europe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very Good"    
    Little bit Expensive    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Thalys trip"    
    Everything OK    Value for money  Convenience
  • "fire at tunnel and confusion"    
    my trip from Amsterdam CS to Paris Nord was extremely delayed to a tunnel fire ( Hearsay from someone in Rail Uniform) No proper explanation was given or announcement was made leaving hundreds of passenger bewildered as we were stuck in our seats. what was suppose to be a memorable trip for me (60 years) and my wife turned out to a very tired day. when we arrived at our hotel we missed all our prearranged meetings and function.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great service "    
    First time to take a train around Europe. Traveled via Thalys with no problems. Everything from the time of boooking was seamless. Tickets indicated all the necessary info like the time, train number, coach and seat number. Thalys staff were always visible before boarding in case you need help.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good "    
    I received good service and the system worked out fine. Thanks.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "great!!"    
    fully satisfaction!!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "A Smooth Ride"    
    We had heard a lot about Eurorail. As a first experience with Eurorail, it turned out to be quite comfortable and smooth.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Super Comfy and Free Meals!"    
    Not only is Thalys super convenient, comfortable and clean, it also has a free meal and wifi onboard (100mb). Totally unexpected. Love the gesture! :D    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris to Brussels"    
    The train trip was fine even if the buffet car ran out of things early, main disappointment was Paris Gare de Nord which is a bit of a dump, no were to sit and wait.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Paris - Amsterdam - Paris"    
    The train was quick and on time. Seats aren't as comfortable as I'd hope. Overall good ride.    Value for money  Convenience
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