Comfort 2 (2nd class)
Comfort 1 (1st class)
The on-board Thalys bar offers a wide array of snacks and drinks, as well as tickets for public transportation in Paris, the Netherlands, Aachen, Cologne and Brussels.
Le Salon, a separate and private meeting area for up to 4 people, includes all the services offered in Comfort 1: a meal served at your place, international newspapers, Wi-Fi, etc.
On account of specific check-in procedures and stricter customs controls, Eurostar passengers need to be at Eurostar check-in at least 30 minutes before departure (at all Eurostar stations).
Thalys passengers travelling from Paris Nord (Paris) and Lille Europe (Lille) need to be at the station 20 minutes before departure, due to stricter security measures at French Thalys stations.
Furthermore, non-systematic and non-permanent security checks will be introduced in the train stations of Brussels-Midi, Antwerp-Central and Liège-Guillemins for Thalys, TGV® and ICE passengers as from July 2017. Taking into account that you may be subject to these security checks, we ask you to foresee a safe time margin and make your way to the platform sufficiently on time.
At other stations, allow yourself enough time to find your way around the station (this varies greatly from one station to another) and to catch your train with complete peace of mind. Generally, we recommend being on the platform around 5 minutes before departure of the train.
For most high-speed trains (notably Thalys, Eurostar, TGV®, TGV Lyria and ICE), the cheapest fares are available in limited quantities. So to benefit from the best prices, we suggest you avoid peak times and book as far ahead as possible.
To help you find the lowest prices on the main Thalys and Eurostar services, we can offer you a clever fare calendar: at a glance, you can see all trains with seats at the lowest prices over a period of several months.
In some circumstances, it can be more cost-effective to travel as a group, as some rail companies offer fares which are exclusively available to small groups of 3-5 passengers. Examples include the Thalys "Mini Group" fare or the "Pack Tribu" fare from TGV®.
Finally, many railway operators regularly run temporary offers on fares, offering passengers good deals on rail travel. To ensure you don't miss out on these offers, we recommend you visit our website or Facebook page regularly, or sign up for our newsletter.
The booking period can vary from one type of train to another. The main international trains at a glance:
Exception: every year in mid-December, different European rail companies simultaneously amend their train services, with new timetables taking effect more or less throughout Europe.
On certain rail networks (particularly in Germany), the new timetables for mid-December are only confirmed and published at some point during October. When this occurs, bookings for rail travel from mid-December onwards can also only be made after a given date in October.
On board Thalys, you can take 1 item of hand luggage + max. 2 items of luggage (max. dimensions 75 x 53 x 30 cm) per passenger.
Weight may not exceed 32 kg per item of luggage and overall dimensions (length + width + height) may not be more than 158 cm per item of luggage. If you are travelling with a child, you can also take a buggy in addition to the amount of luggage specified above.
For safety reasons, any luggage carried on board Thalys must carry a label showing the passenger's name.
Some cumbersome items of luggage are allowed on board Thalys under certain conditions:
If you are carrying a cumbersome item of luggage, you can carry 1 item of hand luggage and 1 item of luggage (max. 75 x 53 x 30 cm) in addition to the cumbersome item.
Items forbidden on board Thalys: