For over 20 years, Thalys has been bringing the cultures and economies of four European countries closer together. In 2018, Thalys reached the milestone of 7.5 million passengers a year.
The journey time of the red high-speed trains from Brussels to Paris is only 1h20, to Cologne 1h47 and to Amsterdam 1h50.
Thalys took the digital lead with Wi-Fi on board Thalys trains from 2008 and the company has distinguished itself from the outset with an exceptional service: multilingual welcome, ergonomic comfort and quality catering.
Since December 2017, Thalys passengers have been able to choose between three journey categories. A "Standard" trip starts at €29 (Paris) and €19 (Germany and the Netherlands). "Comfort" offers a first-class coach and "Premium" provides the passenger with a full service package with a meal served at the seat.
In 2016, Thalys also launched its low-cost alternative IZY between Brussels and Paris, which offers a mean journey time of 2h30 and 30% cheaper tickets.
Thalys was transformed into a fully-fledged railway company in 2015, with SNCB and SNCF as shareholders.