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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 $57
Paris Frankfurt 05:45 $57
Brussels Paris 01:22 $47
Brussels Amsterdam 01:50 $47
Brussels Frankfurt 04:18 $31
Paris Cologne 03:14 $57
Paris Brugge 02:26 $47
Brussels Cologne 01:47 $31
Rotterdam Paris 02:37 $76
Paris Dusseldorf 03:41 $57
Rotterdam Amsterdam 00:37 $34
Brussels Lille 00:36 $31
Paris Antwerp 02:02 $47
Rotterdam Brussels 01:10 $47
Amsterdam Antwerp 01:12 $47
Dusseldorf Brussels 02:20 $31
Brussels Antwerp 00:35 $40
Hanover Paris 07:28 $57
Paris Mannheim 06:22 $73
Aachen Paris 02:36 $57
Paris Liege 02:10 $47
Paris Duisburg 04:00 $57
Paris Ostend 02:41 $47
Paris Mons 01:21 $40
Paris Namur 02:23 $40
Paris Charleroi 01:53 $40
Paris Essen 04:06 $57

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.

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. Do I need to book my Thalys ticket?

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

  • 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. How many classes of travel does Thalys offer?

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

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Thalys tickets?

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

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

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Reviews & ratings

Overall rating (1096)

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

  • "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
  • "Smooth Trip"    
    the trip was very smooth and all of enjoyed the journey    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Wonderful "    
    Booked tickets for family of 4 (3 months earlier) for Amsterdam Paris  
  • "nice seat and hospitality :)"    
    I took Thalys from Paris Nord to Bruxelles Midi. The seat was big enough, and really nice,comfort! :) The meal (light meal) was nice....we could choose sweets or sandwich ...I choose sandwich,and beer.Both tasted nice. Oh,and crew was really friendly and nice! :D If I have opportunity,I really want to take Thalys again :)    Value for money  Convenience
  • "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
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