The high-speed Thalys trains connect Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and Cologne at speeds of up to 186mph (300kph).

Passengers onboard can enjoy spacious, air-conditioned carriages with comfortable seats, and hot and cold refreshments, as well as free wifi access.

Thalys offers two classes for train travellers in Europe : Comfort 1 and Comfort 2.

Comfort 1

Business travellers or those who want a little more luxury should opt for Comfort 1 as there is slightly more space in the Comfort 1 carriages, with three seats across each carriage, rather than the four ones in Comfort 2.

Comfort 1 passengers will also have a meal served in seat. Depending on the time of day Comfort 1 passengers will be offered a full balanced breakfast, or a balanced lunch or dinner comprising of a cold main course, cheese and a dessert.

For those travelling over the weekend, brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays and includes savoury or sweet items, a dairy product or a dessert, orange juice, a small dish of fruit and jam and pastries. Snacks are also offered during the journey and food is accompanied by a wide selection of hot or cold drinks.

For those who want to work or relax there is free wifi access available and electrical power points can be found in several carriages.

For those who prefer to read, Comfort 1 staff will also offer passengers a range of newspapers and magazines in a selection of languages.

Passengers travelling to Paris or Brussels with Thalys in Comfort 1 can also take advantage of the taxi booking service. And anyone travelling from Cologne, Rotterdam or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport can us the Thalys VIP lounge.

Comfort 2

Thalys tickets Comfort 2 holders will also have an enjoyable and relaxing inter-city trip.

For those passengers who wish to access the internet in Comfort 2, free wifi is available for all passengers who book SEMI-FLEX, B2B and Thalys ThePass fares.

For other fares in Comfort 2, wifi credits can be easily purchased onboard on ThalysNet or at the Thalys Bar in carriages 4 or 14.

The Thalys Bar in carriage 4 or 14 serves hot dishes, sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks, salads, and hot and cold drinks, including organic and Fair-trade products. Vegetarians are also well catered for.

Thalys staff is multilingual and the train managers will be able to answer any questions travellers may have during the journey.

or those travelling with luggage, Tripp offers a generous luggage allowance. All passengers are allowed two suitcases and one piece of hand luggage onboard, as well as prams and buggies for small children, folding bicycles (with the front wheel removed), skis in a protective cover and portable musical instruments.

Train passengers to Europe who are looking to travel on the high speed Thalys trains can find information and tickets online with Rail Europe and can book online to receive their print at home ticket, so they don’t have to queue at the station.ducts/thalys/article/overview-6416