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THALYS train to Brussels
Unfortunately I had the bright idea to go to Brussels on a daytrip from Paris well after I planned the rest of the trip and by the time I booked all of the lower fares were gone. THALYS tickets are sold in a similar manner to Eurostar tickets, there are different tiers of fares and once a tier is gone seats on that train bump up to the next fare. Tickets seem to start at 22€ one way if you book well in advance, by the time I figured out I wanted to go there, there were some extremely inconvenient 29€ fares, some still too early 39€ fares and 49€ fares that were manageable and several trains that didn't have the non flexible rate anymore.
Some people report problems using US credit cards on the THALYS site, I used http://www.b-europe.com/ which is still affiliated with THALYS and had the same trains with the same prices. Rail Europe is more expensive but another option if your credit card doesn't work.
The train was a comfortable fast train, it takes you from Gare du Nord in Paris to Brussels Midi, from there you can use your Thalys ticket to get to and from the Central station as there's nothing of interest near the Midi station and some sources said it was a little seedy.
TGV (Thalys from Holland)
It is great traveling from Holland to Paris by train (Thalys). Remember one thing, your tickets are reserved for a specific train. We took one train earlier without knowing this, so half way we were check and apperently we were in the wrong train. "Mais je ne sais pas, hein?"
The Thalys train offers promotions from 25 EUR each way from Cologneif you book a couple of weeks ahead. Normal prices are 90 EUR each way. Duration is 3h45Min - arrival straight at Gare Du Nord from where you have a convenient Metro connection to everywhere in Paris.
One-way Belgium->Paris rail: alternative to Thalys
The Thalys train has a monopoly on the trains between Belgium->Paris. You can get some pretty good discounts if you buy a round [return] trip ticket, but [at least last September] there were no discounts for one-way tickets.
After doing some research, instead of taking the Thalys Antwerp->Paris Gare du Nord train, we did this:
Antwerp->Brussels Midi->Charles De Gaulle Airport via TGV, then RER into Paris Chatelet.
It requires train changes, but taking this instead of the Thalys saved us $50 each. It took about 35-40 minutes longer to get to central Paris,
However as you can see below, that was trimmed to about 20 minutes because the RER goes deeper into the center.
From Paris Nord [terminus of the Thalys], it takes about 22 minutes by metro/bus to get to the Marais neighborhood of our hotel.
The RER does stop at Gare du Nord, but by getting off at the next stop (Chatelet), getting to the Marais was just a 7 minute ride on the 69 bus. So, you actually get about 15 minutes back.
The savings paid for our 2-day Paris Museum passes, so we thought it was well worth it.
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Train between Paris and Brussels
My husband and i travelled from Brussels to Paris just last month by the thalys....it hardly takes an hour and a half.I think its the best n fastest way to travel between these cities.If flying is your other option,the time you take to check in and check out will leave you with little or no advantage over the train!but you have to reserve the tickets in advance.you even get a meal if you are travelling first class:)
From Brussels to Paris, an ideal way of transport, relativaly cheap and fast - it will take about 90 minutes to reach the city of lights
Negative : the welcoming "BF" bar at wagon 4 is unprofessional organised, problems to get a free space, making a long queu, the tenders have no money change or even the official menu list is limited. Better take yr own food on board - the trip is short
Most of the times I visited Paris, I came by train from the Netherlands. Since 1996 by Thalys, an international high speed service between Amsterdam and Paris, serving also Schiphol Airport, The Hague, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels. For schedules and fares, have a look at the website fo Thalys.
In Paris the trains from the Netherlands and Belgium, including the Thalys, arrive in Gare du Nord. For travelling to other parts of France you have not only to change trains, but also stations in Paris. For the Thalys you need a special ticket and reservations.
from belgium, lux, germany to paris
thalys has a good offer on at the moment. i went to paris and back from cologne (koln) for 80 euros. discounts for those under 26. it took just over 3 hours and was a comfortable journey. no smoking however! stops koln, aachen, liege, brussels central and paris.
Thalys service from Paris to Amsterdam
There are 2 classes of service on the Thalys. Just like on an airplane, there’s first and second class. Comfort 1 has wider, more comfortable seats and the fare includes a meal.
You must validate your ticket BEFORE boarding the train, or you can be fined by the conductor. At the start of your trip, go to a ticket window and have the agent stamp your ticket and add their initials. At Paris Gare Du Nord, The ticket windows are on the left hand side, right after you walk in. After the agent stamps your ticket, you’re job is not done. If you have a *railpass*, you need to write in the first date of travel in the box provided. Only write in that day....you will fill in the rest of the days on those specific days of travel, not before. If the ticket does not have the travel date written in, the conductor can charge you a supplement. I have no idea how much that is. (Too much for me, when I can avoid it by following the instructions.) Our conductor was very nice in explaining this to us, as our ticket did not have the first day written in.
Our trip to Amsterdam took almost 4 hours. We were served both breakfast and lunch. Much like on a plane, she came down the aisle with a cart with croissants, small sandwiches, pastries and drinks for breakfast and then a small tray with lunchmeats, goat cheese, carrots and bread with butter was given to us for lunch. We also indulged in a small bottle of wine.
There is also a bar/snack car on all Premier trains if you crave something sweet or salty.
It was a really nice, smooth ride. The seats were very comfortable and the whole seat, nut just the back, reclined.
Train travel in Europe is a great way to see the country and relax a little. I recommend the Thalys or any other train for any destination. It’s usually much cheaper than flying and much more exciting.
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2nd class TGV
I think the 2nd class on the Thalys is really a bummer. Far to few shortage of leg space, really! I think you pay enough so why not a 20 cm more to be able to sit comfortable?
I was not satisfied.
Besides the seats were all worn out, I had to guess what colour they were originaly.
- Road Trip
Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris Gare du Nord
I took this train roundtrip from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Paris Gare du Nord. The trip takes about 4 hours and makes stops Schipol, The Hague, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and on to Paris.
Through most of the Low Countries it travels at the same speed as any of the regoinal trains. But once you cross the French boarder and reaches the specially built and maintained high speed tracks, the train hits high speeds. It is distinguishable by it's red color.
The Thalys serves from Paris to the Low Countries and to Cologne, Germany. The trains were comfortable and very modern.
An easy way to travel in central Europ is to travel by train. Especially now with the highspeed trains. It's cheaper then by airplane. We took a regullar train from my hometown Hasselt to Brussels. Then took the Thalys to Paris. The hole trip lasted 3 hours and costed us 26 euro. In Brussels there is a good connection to other trains like the eurostar which goes to Londen, or other highspeed trains. You can check the website for more information on timetables and rates. Here you can also buy tickets.
READY TO BOATD THE THALYS TO PARIS (IN WINTER)
A pleasure to travel by train but especially when that train is the THALYS......so fast!!
Fantastic!! It rides from Amsterdam to several destinations in France and still further on....
It is the TGV (Train Grande Vitesse) and you have to book seats in advance, you can't just board the train!
ABOUT THE THALYS......
This Thalys is the high speed train to and from Paris.
You have to make reservations because no one is allowed to be standing upright during the ride.
On board is a MOVING BAR where you can get all you need when hungry or thirsty!
You can buy things and take to with you to your seat or enjoy it in the Bar.
All major credit cards for payments in euros are accepted. Minimum amount 10 euros (VAT included)
EXTRA SERVICE ITEMS:
On board you can also buy A TICKET RATP for PARIS, a BRUSSEL/BRUXELLES MIVB/STIB TICKET and a AMSTERDAM STRIPPENKAART for the public transportation in those Cities.....
On board the THALYS you can get Breakfast, Salads, Snacks, Sandwiches, and Hot Dishes.......
It is a real pleasure to board this Thalys, it only is a pity that it is only 4 hrs. from my house to Paris, although...............
From Belgium the easiest and fastest way to get to Paris is by Thalys train.
From Brussels Midi station to Paris Gare du Nord it takes about 1 hr 15 min. From Antwerp-Berchem it takes a little over 2 hrs.
If you book well in advance you may be lucky enough to get some really cheaps tickets, the so-called Smilys tickets. From Antwerp-Berchem the return fare is only 56 euro! (March 2004).
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