Book now for great train deals on European winter destinations with Thalys

Couple waiting on the platform outside Thalys train, ready to get to next winter destination

Winter is upon us and, consequently, this time of year lends the perfect opportunity to plan a getaway. We have some exciting winter destinations to explore by train as well as a great special offer: High-speed train company Thalys is offering up to 75% off if you book before 18 November 2019 and travel between 9 December 2019 and 5 March 2020. Whether you are planning travels to some great towns and cities in France, Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands for the holidays or seeking snow-filled Alpine adventures, the iconic Thalys high-speed train can take you where you want to go.

Often referred to as Europe’s “Red Train” since 1996 Thalys has been whisking more than 7.5 million travellers a year between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and more. Superior comfort and budget-friendly fares make travel on Thalys a great choice.

Winter destinations with Thalys

View of Eiffel Tower on a snowy winter evening (Paris, France). Reach Paris from Amsterdam or Brussels with Thalys

The beauty of travelling by train in Europe is that you don’t have to choose one city over another. With high-speed trains such as Thalys, you can easily incorporate a day trip to another city or country to your busy travel schedule. Here are some of our favourite winter suggestions for European train travel.

Christmas in Europe

Traditional christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany. Reach Frankfurt from Paris on Thalys train.

Discovering Europe at Christmas is like stepping into another world. Imagine, for example, starting your day strolling down brilliantly decorated boulevards in Paris and bringing it to a close with mulled wine and all the sparkly ambiance that comes with a Christmas Market in Cologne Germany.

Many cities in Europe offer much to do during the holiday season and Thalys can seamlessly get you from the centre of one to the next in little time.

Travel with Thalys for Christmas:

Ring in the New Year European style

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Begin the New Year on the right foot by awaiting its arrival in one of Europe’s many prominent capitals. For example, you can arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and head directly to Amsterdam Centraal via Thalys to begin celebrating.

You can also keep the celebrations going well into the New Year. Thalys has a direct connection from Amsterdam to Marne-la-Vallée Chessy. Here you can choose to see Mickey and friends at Disneyland® Paris in addition to a day of January sales shopping at the nearby shopping village.

Travel with Thalys this New Year:

Winter ski holiday with Thalys

Snowboarder at sunset in the French Alps — easily reached with Thalys

Europe is a perfect winter destination with cities that provide fun for all. For instance, with direct routes to the French Alps, Thalys provides an opportunity to enjoy some alpine skiing and other winter sports. Thalys’ seasonal snow trains take you directly to Chambéry, Albertville, Moutiers, Aime-la-Plagne, Landry or Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

Example of ski holiday journey with Thalys:

What to expect onboard Thalys

Gourmet meal delivered to couple at their seats in Premium class on Thalys train

Thalys has fares to accommodate nearly all travel types and budgets. Learn about the services and amenities available below.

Premium First Class

Premium First class on Thalys exceeds expectations and delivers a truly pleasurable journey. For instance, in Premium class treat yourself to:

  • Large reclining seats
  • Food and beverages served right at your seat
  • Fast complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Lounge access at the station
  • Option to reserve a taxi onboard prior to arrival at the station
  • Complimentary newspapers and magazines

Comfort First Class

Meanwhile, Comfort First Class is a fewer-frills First class experience. It offers:

  • Large reclining seats
  • Fast complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bar-buffet car to purchase a variety of tasty snacks and beverages
The bar/buffet car on a Thalys train

Standard Second Class

On the other hand, for those looking for a more economical option choose Standard Second class:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bar-buffet car to purchase a variety of tasty snacks and beverages

Ready to go?

Right now is the perfect time to get your winter travel plans finalised. Be sure to take advantage of the best fares to create a winter adventure that gets the new decade off to a great start.

Rail Europe is a trusted distributor for Thalys train tickets. With direct access to the train’s inventory, take comfort in knowing you’re booking the best fares available. Discover more about Thalys trains and where they can take you on our website. Above all remember that planning ahead can save you quite a bit.

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