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Train segments are handled differently to airline segments, and the implications for skipped segments are slightly different. Unlike air segments, the airline has no real way of knowing if you actually boarded the train, only that you picked up the tickets. So as long as you pickup your train tickets (not just your boarding passes!) at Schiphol then your ...


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Yes, you can travel with regional trains. It takes a little over 4 hours plus the connection times, and there are no good connections, so count on 5 to 6 hours for the journey. The bus takes 4–5 hours and is cheaper than regional trains. It isn't easy to find the train times or prices because online planners tend to go for the fastest journey only. There's ...


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I have now made the trip and can therefore answer my own question. Yes, they do let you take the earlier Thalys train, but you will not have a seat reservation, so the trip may be less comfortable. Taking the earlier train may be seen as a trade-off between time and comfort. Getting to the earlier train in time was easy as I suspected. It took me less than ...


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You can skip the train ride after the flights, but not the other way around. For example, KLM sells flight tickets starting from a train station in Belgium, where you have to check-in in Belgium already, therefore you cannot just show up in Amsterdam and try to board on the plane. It may still be possible somehow, but it's not guaranteed, hence not ...


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I'm in the lounge now, so I can confirm that the Qype review is largely correct. The lounge is at the other side of the station from the main cross-concourse, so you either need to take the lift down from the south end of the Thalys platform, or walk down the westerly corridor and round the corner. If you take the southerly exit from the Eurostar platforms (...


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A quick google turned up http://www.kelbillet.com/. Searching for Brussels-Paris gives a price comparison including train, bus, air, and car sharing. The train option includes tickets being privately resold by other site users ("billets d'occasion"), sometimes at quite attractive prices.


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Just back from my trip to Amsterdam / Brussels and I can share my experience. My Thalys ticket was not checked until the train had left Rotterdam. As a result, the earliest opportunity I had to disembark was Antwerp. Doubling back to Amsterdam from Antwerp took substantially more time, and was much more expensive. However, YMMV. It was not clear whether ...


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Printing the e-ticket is enough, it should already mention your seat number like any train ticket with a seat reservation. One difference with most other high-speed trains is that there will be a train attendant at each door, who will scan your ticket before you board the train. You probably need to show some photo ID as well, although they usually didn't ...


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I can only quote another travellers review from Qype, but I think the most imporant information is there: The Thalys lounge is open to 1st class passengers and to Cybelis members as well as to members of the German bahn.comfort program. If you have such a bahn.comfort card, you can bring a collegue, that neither needs a train ticket himself or be a ...


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There is a special stamp to prove you're entitled to hop on the next available train: The text in the upper bubble roughly means, 'The HOTNAT stamp indicates approval for using THA'. The image is taken from page 9 of this document: https://www.cit-rail.org/media/files/public/Passenger/AJC_AppxII_Delay%20confirmation_Stamps_EN_2017-07-01.pdf. Ideally, if ...


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This blog post on the Capitaine Train site explains that to get the cheapest fares on Thalys and many other European carriers, you need to book well in advance. In the case of Thalys, their booking window opens 90 days before the date of travel, so most of the cheapest fares will be snapped up early in that window. If you only find a need to travel, say, a ...


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Besides the Thalys website, other options for buying Thalys tickets include: NS (Netherlands): http://www.nsinternational.nl/ NMBS (Belgium): http://www.b-europe.com/ SNCF (France): http://www.voyages-sncf.com/ Those sites sell tickets for all Thalys journeys (so you can, for example, buy a Paris to Brussels ticket from NS in the Netherlands) and you can ...


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A word of warning: while regular train tickets in France are not nominative, some may have a name on them (and require an ID to be presented on board), or only be valid for specific groups of people (students, elderly, holders of specific discount cards etc). You'll be in trouble if you travel with such a ticket. Online ticket markets are relatively safe (...


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Trocdetrains is the best website for secondhand Thalys tickets. It's only in French, though. Tickets can't be sold for more than the original price paid by the seller. Thalys officially requires an ID with the same name as on the ticket but, practically, they never check. Upon boarding the train, they check the date and time on your ticket; inside the train,...


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Currently there is no direct Eurostar from Rotterdam to London. You need to get off the train and go through security at Brussels, so I suspect that's what the 30 minutes is referring to. Boarding at Rotterdam shouldn't cost any significant amount of time. There is no luggage screening or anything like that, you just need to scan you ticket's bar code at one ...


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I can confirm that despite the misleading wording on the ticket, there is no "gate" at Rotterdam, and the only notable step required was to scan in the ticket before boarding. So, as of February 2019, there no need to present oneself 30 minutes in advance. Should plans come to fruition, Eurostar boarding may in the future be possible at Rotterdam. Until ...


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Yes, the text appears to be boilerplate added to each part of the ticket. In Rotterdam, Thalys works like a regular train, there is no special check of any kind, whether luggage inspection or check-in procedure and no gate blocking access to the train. Unlike some other stations, you won't even find an attendant at each door of the train.


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Thalys homepage says that: You have access to the Thalys Lounges for a pleasant experience before or after your journey. As I understand this, you cannot use your DB ticket to access the lounge. You only have access to it if you arrive in Brussels on a premium ticket.


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About your question on whether it is “possible to search for dates when the cheapest fares apply”: SNCF offers a “best price calendar”. After you select stations and an approximate date of travel, you get a calendar with a price for each date, which is the price of the cheapest ticket still available on that date. Selecting a date shows you the train details ...


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As far as I can tell, security has only been introduced at the two primary stations it operates from in France: Paris Gare du Nord and Lille Europe; this doesn't seem to have any affect on the seasonal services to Marseille and Bourg-Saint-Maurice, unlike the Eurostar's seasonal services. This SNCF press release covers the detail (in English!). In short, ...


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There are indeed a handful of those websites where people can sell their non-refundable tickets: TrocDesTrains, KelBillet, ZePass, PasseTonBillet and LeGuichet. If you are adventurous you can try to contact people on LeBonCoin (the French version of CraigsList) or maybe even eBay. When I needed a cheap ticket urgently I used to spend my days reloading pages ...


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As far as I remember you just need to pick up the train ticket in the station. They don't know if you took the train or not, they just know you picked up the ticket on the station and that's all that's needed. So if you pick up the train ticket you should be safe I think.


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neat. Thalys tweeted this question and pointed to www.raileurope.com. which even has better prices then their own website or ticket counters. Do they own that site and upsell on other channels? Or recognize their own site is awful? Either way, thank you, thalys for helping out even if in this convoluted way. (would be much more help if you instead fixed the ...


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