The Thalys was brought up in the year of 1993 when SNCF, NMBS/SNCB, nederlandse spoorwegen and Deutsche Bahn made up an agreement to ply high speed railways between Paris, Amsterdam and neighboring places. In the year of 1997, the services of Thalys were launched from Paris to Brussels which reduced the travelling time to I hour and 25minutes. The service was extended in the year of 2000 to the summer resort Valence and then it was further extended to Marseille and Avignon in the year of 2002. This Thalys train has the major stations at Paris Nod, Bruxelles Midi/ Brussels Zuid, Cologne Central Station and the Amsterdam Central. With the other substations at Antwerprn- central, Mons, Albertville etc. the franchises that own this company are SNCF, NMBS/SNCB, and Deutsche Bahn which have 10% of the shares of the company.
The high speed train lines that are used by this high speed train are the HSL 1 which is between the Paris and Brussels and the other track which is used is the HSL 4 which operates between Antwerp and Amsterdam. The other high speed routes that are used by this high speed train are HSL 2 and HSL 3 between the Brussels and Aachen. The Thalys train takes the duration of 1 hour and 22 minutes to cover the distance between Brussels and Paris. Some of the varieties of the tickets available in the services by this high speed train are Hi-Life which has a price of 88 Euros and another tariff name which is called as Optiway which is priced at 71 Euros. For a young person below 25 years of age, the cost of the ticket is 45 Euros but there is limited number of seats in this category. There is also a different provision for the old people with a different tariff who are in the age group of 60 or above with their tickets priced at 62 Euros. A kid and a kid companion have their own tariffs with their tickets priced at 29 Euros and 43 Euros respectively.
Thalys is the highest speed train and an ultimate choice for travelling comfortably between the Netherlands and France. It provides direct services by direct connections between the Netherlands, France and Belgium. The speed of the train is around 300 km/hr and the duration between Amsterdam to Paris is only 3 hours and 16minutes. Starting from Schiphol and reaching Paris takes 3 hours and 1 minute and is almost a dream and from Rotterdam to Paris is only 2 hours and 37 minutes; this has become the choice of all the people as these services provide comfort along with time saving. These services provides 24 trains a day to Paris and 10 trains per day to the Netherlands, Thalys Snow which is a variety of the group takes the passengers to the French Alps during the winter season in the months of November, December and January, and another variety Thalys Sun to the Provence in the months of June, July and August.