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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Thalys : 1996 – 2016

Thalys is the high-speed red train linking Paris to Brussels in 1 hour 22 minutes, and to Cologne and Amsterdam in just 3h14 and 3h16. Since 2011, Thalys also serves the three German cities of Dusseldorf, Duisburg and Essen and since 21 March 2016, Dortmund. Thalys provides a Lille to Amsterdam service since April 2014.

Thalys is a member of Railteam, a collaborative venture between the main European high-speed rail operators, the CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies) and the UIC (International Union of Railways).

Since 1996, Thalys has been the only truly multicultural operator to achieve success in the international high-speed rail business in four countries. The Thalys success story is both commercial - 100 million rail passengers transported - and technical, with for example the successful introduction of on-board WiFi in 2008 and a new train management system, ERTMS, in 2009. For increased efficiency and fluidity, and even greater improvements in terms of customer service and satisfaction, Thalys will become a full-function train operating company by 2015.

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