What is Thalys?   Paris to Amsterdam from €35, Paris to Brussels from €29!

Buy Thalys train ticketsThalys is a consortium of the French, Belgian & Dutch national railways formed to run the high-speed trains between Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Schiphol, Amsterdam & Cologne.  DB (German Railways) was originally a minority partner, but has now pulled out.  Thalys is faster than flying - Paris to Brussels in 1h22, Paris to Amsterdam in 3h20, Paris to Cologne in 3h20, city centre to city centre.

COVID-19 update:  Thalys are running a reduced service, currently  4 or 5 per day Paris-Brussels, just 1 or 2 per day Paris-Amsterdam, and just 1 per day Paris-Cologne-Dortmund.  This should increase from 12 July onwards with up to 8 trains per day Paris-Brussels, up to 5 trains per day Paris to Amsterdam & Cologne.  See COVID-19 travel information.

  What's it like on board Thalys?

  The 3 classes of travel explained

  Travel tips:  Luggage, WiFi, railpasses, food...

  How to check times & buy tickets

  Route map

  Watch the Thalys video guide

  Paris Gare du Nord station information

  Brussels Midi station information

  Cologne Hbf station information

  Amsterdam Centraal station information

What's it like on Thalys?   360° panorama

A Thalys train at Brussels Midi   2nd class seats on a Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam

A Thalys train from Paris at Brussels Midi...


Standard class seats, 2+2 across car width.  Larger photo...

1st class seats oin a Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam   Cafe-bar car on a Thalys high-speed train

Premium or Comfort seats, 2+1 across car width.  Larger photo.

Thalys cafe-bar.  Larger photo.

Premium class food on a Thalys train between Amsterdam & Brussels   Older Thalys train

In Premium a tray meal with wine is included. Larger photo.


An older Thalys type at Brussels Midi...

Thalys 3 classes explained...

On 10 December 2017 Thalys switched from its previous two classes Confort 1 (1st class) & Confort 2 (2nd class) to three classes of service:  Standard, Comfort & Premium.  The trains will still physically have two types of seating which I'll call 2nd class & 1st class, but some 1st class cars will be designated Comfort and others Premium.  2nd class cars will be called Standard.  You will choose your class when buying your ticket.

The new 3 classes are correctly & clearly shown when you book at www.thalys.com, www.nsinternational.nl or www.b-europe.com but with other booking systems you may need to look closely at the fare details to see which 1st class you are booking!

Tips for travel with Thalys...

A Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris

A Thalys to Paris at Amsterdam Centraal station...

NS HiSpeed lounge at Amsterdam Centraal station   Luggage on Thalys goes on the racks just inside the door.

1st class lounges:  Comfort & Premium passengers may use the lounges in Amsterdam & Rotterdam.  This Amsterdam Centraal, on platform 2b.


Luggage:  It's easy - just bring your bags on board and place your suitcase on the racks.  There's usually no problem finding space.

Premium food on Thalys   Club duo table for two on Thalys

Premium class:  Another example of the premium food served to Premium class passengers between Amsterdam & Brussels...


Seating options:  In Comfort or Premium, the best seats for couples are the face-to-face tables-for-two, known as Club Duo.  Note the space for bags between the seat backs.

Boarding a Thalys to Paris at Amsterdam Centraal

Boarding a Thalys to Paris at Amsterdam Centraal platform 15...

How to buy tickets...

Route map...

Paris to Switzerland TGV Lyria route map


Click for larger map

Highlighted = Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam, Paris-Brussels-Cologne.

Green = scenic sections.  Red = high-speed line

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people. 

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.

Video guide: Thalys trains...

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