Inauguration of the first IZY train

Launch of the first low-cost train between Brussels and Paris

Agnès Ogier, CEO of Thalys, inaugurated today at the train station Brussels-South the first IZY heading to Paris. The new low-cost train will allow passengers to travel between Paris and Brussels in 2h15 starting from 19 euros. 

 Agnès Ogier, Thalys’ CEO, said: “Today more than ever, we all stand with Brussels and Paris. Our two capitals have a strong historical link, made out of a shared love for culture, arts, as well as out of solidarity. With IZY, we want to convince even more travellers to take the train and discover these two cities. Thalys is fully committed to getting our two countries closer, and IZY will contribute to this goal.”

Jacqueline Galant, Belgian Minister of Mobility, also expressed her support for this new train: “The low-cost train IZY responds to the expectations of travellers who wants to travel on a different way. It is a new experience of a train journey in favour of a sustainable mobility combined with low fares.”

IZY is a new service from Thalys, specially designed for the leisure travellers, and which meets the demand for fast, sustainable and low-cost travelling. With two to three daily round trips, the new green and purple trains will connect the two cities in an average traveling time of 2h15 at very competitive prices. Tickets will be sold two months in advance, starting from 19 euros. They offer a great alternative until the last moment as their prices will not go over 59 euros (options excluded).

For more informations and for reservations: / @Izy_eng /

Photographes: © Thalys 2016, photo Patrick Lazik.

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About Thalys
  • 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.

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