The Thalys trains are a great connection for a day trip to Brussels, or a longer journey to Germany/Luxembourg. One tip: RESERVE! The earlier you reserve, the better your chances to get a seat...and a cheaper one at that.
The Thalys is not a cheap way to get from point A to point B, but it's fast. Unless you have a million bags, second class is fine enough. (No different than Amtrak.)
If you can reserve way in advance, get the Smilys or Mezzo Plus rates. A regular, last minute second-class (comfort) rate for a round-trip Paris-Brussels could reach 130 Euros apiece. For a day trip, it can be steep.
There are many ways to get to Paris, but the one we took from Belgium was by the fast train, Thalys. The Thalys leaves Brussels every half hour and takes about 1 hour 25 min. There are also trains leaving from Antwerp, Liege, Namur and Ostend. Check the website.
It's a comfortable way to travel and the earlier you make reservations, the cheaper the tickets are. The end station in Paris is Gare du Nord.
When I go to Paris I always take the train, because that is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way of getting there from Amsterdam. There is a direct train called the Thalys departing from Amsterdam that also stops at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, The Hague, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels, before it arrives in Paris.
Pic from: http://www.thalys.nl/
I took the Thalys train from Antwerp, Belgium. The trip took about 3 1/2 hours. I can't remember the cost now, but I will check =).
The metro system is fantastic. Just make sure to ask for a system map at the main train station when you arrive. Or, just be a tourist and ask alot of questions like I did, and they will eventually say 'Would you like a map??' =). Here is a picture of the inside of Gare du Nord (all the people dressed in red, blue and white are France fans heading to a Euro 2000 game!)
I can't say we went the best way, but we enjoyed it. We flew to Brussels and took the Thalys high speed train to Paris, after spending a couple of days in Brussels.
Everyone says the metro is the best mode of transportation. However, because I have knee problems, I have a hard time walking up and down the steps to the metro stations. Therefore, we took the bus and loved the experience. The best thing about the bus is that you can see everything.
The thalys is fast and easy, but expensive.
The car is a bit slower, but still fast, but annoying in trafficjams, which can be found every day.
By plane till Charles De Gaulle.
On foot so you don't miss out on anything, but also by metro, which is an important part of Paris.
We flew into Brussels with great airfare and took the Thalys train from there to Paris. It was lightning-quick, loads of fun, and quite inexpensive. It brought us right into Gare du' Nord Station, where we picked up the metro to our hotel. The combination of our cheap airfare into Brussels and the train ticket was still significantly cheaper than flying into Orly or Charles de' Gaulle. Highly recommended!
The metro...one of the best on earth!
The best way to get to Paris from the Netherlands is the Thalys, it's quick and easy and definetely beats the plane. At this picture you can see how much fun it can really be, or how dreadful if we'd be sharing your compartment, but hey it's only four hours!
We went by train this time and it is wonderful! From Holland you are in three hours in the center of Paris and then you just take the metro to go to your hotel.
I've said it before, take the metro or WALK! That's the best way to see a lot of Paris.
the Thalys, a great way to travel by train if you dont want to drive yourself.
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riding through dusky Belgium and France....
These trips are so lovely and easy and I do enjoy them.....
I know that Paris isn't far from Middelburg and there always is the THALYS......
If you live in Belgium,The Netherlands or Germany the easiest and fastest way to go to Paris is by Thalys.From Brussels its only 1 hour and 25 min.
We went from Rotterdam to Gare du Nord with the Thalys - the fast train. we left Rotterdam at 09.50 and were in paris at 13.00