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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$350
Frankfurt Paris 05:49 HK$350
Paris Bruxelles 01:22 HK$290
Bruxelles Amsterdam 01:50 HK$290
Frankfurt Bruxelles 04:22 HK$190
Koeln Paris 03:15 HK$350
Brugge Paris 02:26 HK$290
Koeln Bruxelles 01:48 HK$190
Rotterdam Paris 02:37 HK$470
Amsterdam Rotterdam 00:36 HK$210
Paris Duesseldorf 03:41 HK$350
Bruxelles Lille 00:36 HK$190
Paris Anvers Antwerpen. 02:02 HK$290
Bruxelles Rotterdam 01:10 HK$290
Amsterdam Anvers Antwerpen. 01:12 HK$290
Duesseldorf Bruxelles 02:20 HK$190
Anvers Antwerpen. Bruxelles 00:35 HK$250
Paris Hannover 07:16 HK$590
Paris Mannheim 06:22 HK$450
Aachen Paris 02:36 HK$350
Paris Charleroi 01:53 HK$250
Oostende Paris 02:41 HK$410
Mons Paris 01:21 HK$280
Paris Gent 02:02 HK$290
Namur Paris 02:24 HK$400
Liege Paris 02:08 HK$290
Duisburg Paris 04:06 HK$350
Essen Paris 04:20 HK$350

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.
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.

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.

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

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (1096)

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

  • "Good"    
    Very fast journey. Comfortable.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Simply Superb"    
    Very convenient and on dot in time! Will prefer ever!!!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "AMS-BRU"    
    Overall, the journey was great!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Poor Advice"    
    Having not used this service before and being a foreigner we saw the advice on printed Thalys ticket that "for safety reasons, your presence on the Thalys platform is mandatory at least 2 minutes before the train's departure and assumed the process would be simple. However, when we got to the Gare Nord station and were directed by locals to a lift (we had baggage and my wife had hurt her back after slipping on ice in Switzerland) we got stuck at turnstyle type entry as our printed Thalys "ticket" did not get us through. We were severely delayed as locals tried to help (even holding ticked over scanner, etc.) and communication was difficult (we do not speak French). By the time we were redirected to another entrance that did not require turn-style access (I assume the first access we were directed to by locals was for Metro and not Thalys train) we had missed the train. We were then forced to by new tickets at Euro 130 each (Euro 90 for my under 26 year old daughter)! The original tickets cost Euro 20! (hence my rating of 5 stars for "Value for money). At the price of Euro 130 each I would have flown and not take the train, but had no options at that point. Thankfully the train trip itself was most pleasant and relaxing with access to WiFi while we drank a bottle of red French wine to drown our sorrows.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable trip"    
    It was a comfortable 3hours trip from Amsterdam to Paris. It's highly recommended.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Fantastic"    
    The train was on time and the staff was very friendly    Convenience
  • "Christmas Market 2016"    
    The train was crowded and uncomfortable. It was also very hot. The security lines were backed up because of a faulty piece of equipment. We barely made it on the train on time.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Very nice trip"    
    Train on time, very well atended...!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "As expected"    
    The train was delayed because of the ice on the rail. After it, everything occurred as expected.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "great trip"    
    have travelled by Thalys in the past and as usual it was very nice experience. Was served breakfast and also mini breakfast during our trip from Paris to Amsterdam in First Class by very warm and courteous staff. Wifi was good, seats and toilets were nice.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Great trip"    
    It was really convenient and comfortable train. And would like to take the opportunity to ask for your help. I forgot my jacket in your train ( pink jacket) and I would love to know if someone from the crew found it . But other than that it was a really good choice for traveling. Thank you .    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Meals"    
    It's better for you to serve 'common' food, like airplanes do. Thanks    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Be sure to board early."    
    The train was very clean and comfortable, with seat allocated on the ticket so there's no confusion as to which car you should board and/or which seat to head to. I however highly recommend being at the platform at least 15 minutes before departure time as the train leaves very punctually, and there is usually a mad rush to board beforehand. There is also VERY limited luggage room, so for those carrying a lot of luggage, be early so as to get storage space for your bags.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Trip To Amsterdam from paris"    
    It was a grate experience, very comfortable.  
  • "Amsterdam to Paris "    
    The train was on time, and the journey smooth.    Value for money  Convenience
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