Thalys

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... Europe has a number of famous high speed trains but I would guess that one of the less well known is the Thalys. The train runs from Amsterdam in the north, through Brussels and on to Paris. Side lines can get you to the French Alps and to Cologne but the main route is back and forth between ... Read review

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Amsterdam to Paris in style

AdvantagesBooked in advance, the prices can be really good

DisadvantagesI don't 100% trust them to run to time.

"...growing on me== I've taken the Thalys five times now and I signed up for a 'Thalys Card' and an online account so that I can book my own tickets. I travel this route for business and I'm not really supposed to do direct bookings but our UK-based travel agent can't book the Thalys and if I use the agency in Belgium or the Netherlands, I get stung with a lot of additional charges. I made a case to the procurement person in charge of travel and she agreed ..." Read review
25.06.2013

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Community Level 3Silverblue85

Silverblue85

Thalys between Brussels and Cologne

Advantagesquick, comfortable, punctual, clear price system

Disadvantageslimited network

"...to now, I've used the Thalys ten times, with another journey coming next week. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thalys in general ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thalys is a European high speed train, connecting Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. From Cologne, there is a direct train to Paris, with stops in Aachen, Ličge and Brussels Midi. Furthermore, ..." Read review
16.11.2006

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Community Level 1jvdp

jvdp

Thalys

Advantageson time

Disadvantageslittle space, not very fast, worn out impression

"We used the Thalys to get us from Brussels to Cologne and back. We also used the ICE to get us from Cologne to Freiburg. Compared to the ICE the Thalys didn't live up to our expectations. You don't have nearly as much leg space as in the ICE (it's comparable to an airplane); it can get quite hot; there isn't enough space to put your luggage in (and as a result of this exits are sometimes blocked); the train was so cramped with people, it gives you ..." Read review
31.08.2008

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Community Level 1AntonEgo

AntonEgo

Severe delays almost guaranteed

AdvantagesComfortable seats: nice when I had to spend a night in the train due to delays.

DisadvantagesFrequent delays (more than 1h)

"...I have frequently used the Thalys line between Amsterdam and Paris. Out of the 12 lasts trips, 11 were delayed more than 20 minutes. About a third of the trains are delayed on hour or more. During the delays, information is nonexistent or false. Unfortunately there are few alternatives, although the car or even the bike will take you from Amsterdam to Paris more efficiently. The trip normally takes 3 hours, most of the time it's between 20 and 30 ..." Read review
19.02.2011

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