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High-speed trains in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany
T is a high-speed train network that connects the cities of Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Cologne, with stops in cities such as Antwerp, Bruges, the Hague, Rotterdam, and Aachen. Trains on the Paris-Amsterdam route also call at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. (A southern branch of the network connects Amsterdam, Brussels, and Northern France to the French Alps on weekends during the ski season.)
Train speeds reach 300 km/h (186 mph) on some segments, and travel times are short:
Thalys trains are operated by Thalys International, a cooperative venture of the French, Belgian, Dutch, and German national railways. The electric locomotives run on multiple voltages, making it possible for trains to cross borders without switching engines.
In this article, we'll tell you how to buy tickets or use rail passes on Thalys and where to find both travel information and railfan resources on the Web. You'll also find a page of captioned photographs.
To plan your trip with Thalys, click on the link below:
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