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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

Paris Amsterdam 03:17 HK$319
Paris Frankfurt 05:45 HK$319
Brussels Paris 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
Cologne Brussels 01:48 HK$173
Paris Rotterdam 02:37 HK$319
Paris Dusseldorf 03:41 HK$319
Amsterdam Rotterdam 00:36 HK$191
Lille Brussels 00:35 HK$173
Paris Antwerp 02:02 HK$264
Brussels Rotterdam 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
Aachen Paris 02:36 HK$319
Paris Ghent 02:02 HK$264
Paris Essen 04:06 HK$319
Duisburg Paris 04:06 HK$319
Paris Mons 01:21 HK$228
Paris Liege 02:10 HK$264
Charleroi Paris 01:54 HK$274
Namur Paris 02:24 HK$365

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 boarding

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

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

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

  • 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. Do I need to book my Thalys ticket?

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Reviews & ratings

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  • "Nice "    
    It was a nice trip. The train was on time, comfortable seat with a good atmosphere . It is definitely value for money and a very convenient way of travelling across Europe.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Enjoyable trip"    
    The train was on time and clean.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Delivered as expected"    
    Rail Trip met the business needs. Thalys provided travel options at the right times for me. Prices were reasonable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "All ok"    
    All ok    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Pleasure trip by Thalys"    
    It was a great experience for the first time I travel by train in Europe Thank you for the wonderful service I look forward to travel again by Rail Europe    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Europe Trip with RailEurope"    
    I really had a convenient trip when I bought tickets in advance for train in RailEurope. I didn't worry on buying tickets during my journey while I was there. It was really a time saving for me since I only have limited time there. Since I do have my ETD from Amsterdam to Ghent I sticked to my schedule which helped me alot not to delay my journey. I already had my mind set to be early to the station. All you have to do is hop on hop off on the train and look for the train connection to the next journey. If you are in doubt there are counters which you can check your next journey. One thing I like on my next trip from Ghent to Brussels was the flexible time, because when you still love to explore you will not worry that you'll be late on your next trip. Just be sure you always have your ticket for the inspector. They are strict on checking the tickets. I would definitely buy again in RailEurope if I still want to go to other places in Europe. Kudos RailEurope Team!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good"    
    Very happy with trip. Perhaps a little too expensive. But was certainly easy stress-free and convenient.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great Service"    
    On time, comfortable, helpful personell    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Good Train"    
    Keep it up.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Pleasurable Experience"    
    This was my first visit to Western Europe, I loved the train journey. I am glad I chose it over a plane. The trains are very nice, clean and comfortable. May be a bit expensive towards closer to the journey. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It was a great and pleasurable experience, would love to do it again    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great way of travelling!"    
    Second time using Thalys. Great way of getting around and will surely use it again.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Safe and Comfortable"    
    I felt as if it were my personal train. We had our seats previously booked so we could travel without any uncertainty. It was very important for us because we came from Costa Rica and it was our first time visiting Belgium.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Narrow Walkways"    
    The walkway is to narrow to fit 30inch luggage... so one of us had to stay in the side entrance of the train to guard our luggage throughout the whole trip... aside from that everything is good.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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
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