Is Thalys first class worth it?

Thalys greatly exceeded my expectations. The train is comfortable, and for the usually 20Euro premium between First and Second class on the Cologne route, it is a good value. I appreciate that every seat had a power outlet, and that we got a meal. I would certainly travel with them again.

How early should you arrive to Thalys train?

For stress-free boarding, we recommend that you arrive in the station 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your train so that any security checks can be carried out calmly and efficiently.

What is CLUB 2 Thalys seating?

“Club-4” and “Club-2” are the names for table seating in Comfort 1 (first-class) cars. Normal seat pairs are called “Duo” seats. These women share a table in Comfort 2, or second class. The Gare du Nord in Paris has a Thalys information booth right next to the platforms.

How do I contact Thalys?


  1. For a purchase or request for information about our timetables and fares, our agents are available per phone +32 70 66 77 88 (0,30 €/min) from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  2. You can contact us via Social Media on Twitter and Messenger.

What is the difference between first and second class on Thalys?

The one major difference between first and second class is meal service at your seat. Not all first class reservations offer a meal service, yet it can be expected on premier operators such as Eurostar, Thalys, and Lyria.

Do I need passport for Thalys?

The Netherlands, Belgium, France and United Kingdom reached an agreement on implementing passport controls on large international trains. Extra security measures were implemented around Thalys trains late in 2015. …

Do you get food in Thalys?

Thalys offer a complimentary at-seat food and drink service on their international routes, meaning you can arrive at your destination full of energy and ready to go. At-seat dining is offered during breakfast, lunch, and dinner on any international journey over 50 minutes.

What is the difference between Eurostar and Thalys?

Eurostar is a majority (55%)-French owned firm (SNCF, the state rail operator) but headquartered in London, while Thalys is a Franco-Belgian high-speed train operator which is 60% owned by SNCF and 40% by SNCB (Belgium). In combination they run 112 trains daily and carry more than 18.5 million passengers per year.

Why is Thalys so expensive?

The reason it is only an hour from Amsterdam to Antwerpen is precisely that huge sums of money have gone into building a technically-advanced new railway line on which trains can run at high speeds, and new rolling stock capable of sustained running at those very high speeds. This doesn’t come cheap.

How do I cancel my Thalys ticket?

Your ticket can be cancelled online, by phone or at the station. For any purchase made outside the website, the refund must be processed through the initial purchase channel.

What if I miss my Thalys train?

If you miss your train, you will need to buy a new ticket.

Do you have to pay for Thalys first class?

Thalys trains have 1st & 2nd class seating and a café-bar. Thalys call 2nd class Standard and it’s perfectly fine for most people, there’s absolutely no need to pay for 1st class if you don’t want to. But if you don’t mind the extra cost, Thalys has two types of 1st class, Comfort & Premium .

When did Thalys switch to 3 class train?

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 .

Who are the partners of the Thalys railway?

Thalys 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.

Are there forward facing seats on Thalys trains?

Thalys trains are double-ended, with a power car & driving cab at both ends. The train could enter service either way round, so it’s not possible to specify forward-facing seats on Thalys as the reservation system doesn’t know which seats will face which way. But this is not a big deal on a smooth-riding train.