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Thalys: About the company

The high-speed rail service Thalys was originally envisioned in 1987, with an agreement later signed by rail operators from Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands to form the company in 1993. This high-speed rail operator offers a unique service that crosses European boundaries and also passes into the UK via the Channel Tunnel. The number of passengers has grown steadily since the formation of Thalys, with 2013 seeing a record-breaking total of more than 6.5 million passengers travelling with the multinational rail operator.

Thalys: Most Popular Train Routes

Trains from Brussels to Paris
Trains from Amsterdam to Paris
Trains from Paris to Amsterdam
Trains from Paris to Brussels
Trains from Paris to Bruges
Trains from Cologne to Brussels
Trains from Cologne to Paris
Trains from Amsterdam to Antwerp



Thalys Ticket Types

From discount fares to flexible tickets, Thalys offers a wide selection of ticket types. Discounted tickets include; Child ticket (Under 12), Youth ticket (Under 26), Senior ticket (Over 60), Wheelchair travellers ticket and Ticket for a disabled person's companion. You can find out more about Thalys regular fares below.

Economy ticket

The lowest priced ticket is perfect for those looking to get the train without spending a lot of money. The economy ticket with Thalys includes free WiFi onboard, access to the Thalys Welcome Bar and your own electric sockets so you can stay charged while you're on the move. This ticket type is not flexible, so ensure you catch the correct train.

Semi-Flex ticket

The semi-flex ticket is divided into two categories depending on the price: Comfort 1 and Comfort 2. Both ticket types offer the same facilities as the Economy ticket type, except passengers can be flexible with their train departure time. Passengers wishing to change their departure should directly contact Thalys at least one day before departure.

Comfort 1does offer additional facilities such as a free warm meal, free international newspaper and a taxi-service, so passengers can be picked up directly at their departure point. Although this service is only available on the Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels connections.

Flexible ticket

Thalys flexible ticket allows for passengers to enjoy all the benefits of the Comfort 1 ticket, but with added flexibility. Ticket holders can choose any train on their day of travel up to one hour before departure. The ticket is also 100% refundable before the departure time and up to one hour after at the Thalys desk in the station.

Thalys Trains Stations

Because of the multinational nature of the Thalys brand, the company operates from four main stations across Europe which are in Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Amsterdam. However, in most of the major cities, there is more than one large train station. We've listed the main Thalys train stations in each of their hub cities below so you don't have to worry about where your train will depart from or arrive at.

  • Paris: All Thalys depart from and arrive at Paris Gare du Nord, located in the north of the French capital. The station is well connected with numerous metros and buses from all over the city. Inside the concourse area is filled with amenities, perfect for picking up food or reading material before your journey begins.
  • Brussels: The main hub for Thalys trains is Bruxelles-Midi, which is located south of the city but has great connections by both bus and subway. The station has the travelling necessities any passenger would need; shops, information desks, toliets, WiFi (paid) and baggage storage. Transfers from Brussels airport also arrive at Bruxelles-Midi.
  • Amsterdam: The sole train station offering Thalys train connection is the ornate Amsterdam-Centraal, the city's largest transport hub. The station is positioned conveniently close to Amsterdam's centre and has impeccable transport connections via. tram, boat, metro and bus. There are also connections run to and from Amsterdam Schipol Airport.
  • Cologne: Standing at the foot of the iconic Cathedral is the city's main train station, Cologne Hauptbahnof. All Thalys trains depart from and arrive at this station, which is filled to the brim will shops, cafes and bars. Passengers will also find travel conveniences such as baggage storage, car and bicycle parking.

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