I am buying a train ticket from Paris to Amsterdam (Thalys), can I hop off in Antwerp to spend sometime with a friend and then hop on again in the same day (within an hour or two)? or do I have to buy a separate tickets?

  • Here is an analysis on doing the Paris–Bruxelles part by non-reserved trains. It isn't necessarily cheaper, and as user3470 notes it's slow. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 8 '13 at 19:08

Thalys is an all reserved train service, and your ticket is only valid for the train booked.

If you want to spend some time in Antwerpen just buy a Thalys ticket from Paris to Antwerpen, and buy another ticket for Antwerpen to Amsterdam.

Between Antwerpen and Amsterdam you have the choice between two services.

  • Thalys (which again you need to reserve, and commit to a train).

  • Intercity. This is a non reserved, turn up and go service. Buy tickets at the station for this.

  • Do you know if the Thalys is faster and/or more expensive between Antwerpen and Amsterdam? – Vince Nov 8 '13 at 14:43
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    Thalys is faster between Antwerpen and Amsterdam, but also more expensive, unless booked in advance. For the Intercity train the price is the same on the spot as in advance. – Krist van Besien Nov 26 '13 at 8:39

If it's open seating, yes; if you're assigned a specific car/seat, no.

  • do I have the choice to take an open seating ticket? – Nean Der Thal Nov 8 '13 at 12:44
  • Unsure if that option is available on Thalys trains - my first instinct is to say "no" as the high-speed trains (TGV, Eurostar, Thalys, etc.) have assigned seating. Slower trains have open seating. Are you purchasing your ticket online or in-person at the train station? – Kathryn Hill Nov 8 '13 at 12:53
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    Tell the ticket agent of your plans and see what the options are. I've a strong feeling you'll either have to take a non-Thalys train, or buy two Thalys tickets. – Kathryn Hill Nov 8 '13 at 13:09
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    Thanks a lot, this makes sense. I think you should include it in your answer as well – Nean Der Thal Nov 8 '13 at 13:14
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    @HaLaBi No, Thalys trains require a reservation, and have market-based pricing so are only valid for a particular journey in a particular train (like all high-speed trains in France). – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Nov 8 '13 at 19:10

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