Travelling on a Thalys train
For high-speed rail travel from Paris to Amsterdam, Brussels and Cologne, Thalys is the obvious choice. Thalys is fast and reliable. The company’s bold red styling creates strong brand presence on a tight network of business routes. But Thalys is good for leisure travel too, with competitive pricing and excellent connections with Eurostar at its Brussels hub.
Thalys runs year-round direct trains from Paris to Brussels and a dozen other stations in Belgium, the Netherlands and the Rhine-Ruhr area of Germany. Additional services speed from Amsterdam and Brussels to Lille and seasonally to the French Alps and Provence.
Using single-deck TGV-style trains with assertive branding, Thalys appeals to the international business and leisure markets. Thalys trains are sleek and spacious and currently offer two classes of seating. These are called Comfort 2 and Comfort 1. For journeys from 10 December 2017, there will be a choice of three classes: Standard, Comfort and Premium. Tickets for the new three-tier class trains will go on sale in mid-September 2017.
Advance seat reservation is mandatory for all journeys – it is included in the price of your ticket.
Seating and sleeping on Thalys
Standard Class on Thalys offers comfortable seats with stylish modern décor, arranged in pairs across a cenral aisle. There are power sockets and free access to Wi-Fi. There is ample luggage space, both at the end of each carriage and in the racks above your seat. There’s no at-seat service, but you can of course walk along to the Thalys Bar to buy drinks and snacks. Note that, for journeys up to and including 9 December 2017, Thalys’ Standard Class is called Comfort 2.
Food and drink on Thalys
For journeys taking more than 50 minutes, a meal or snack with free drinks is included in the First Class fare. According to the time of day, select from sweet or savoury breakfast options, tasty snacks or a three-course evening meal. Thalys always includes vegetarian options. Choose from a selection of French wines, Belgian beers and other beverages.