SOURCE: Rail Europe

December 01, 2006 17:19 ET

Thalys High-Speed Train Sales Grow, Travel Times Due to Shrink; Kids Ride Free on Thalys Thru March 2007

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 1, 2006 -- Thalys, the high-speed crimson train that dominates the Paris-Brussels transportation route, celebrates its 10th year in service and more than 6 million passengers -- with good news, according to an announcement by Rail Europe, leading North American distributor of European train travel:

Sales growing -- Rail Europe's 2006 sales of Thalys tickets in North America are up 12% over 2005 sales for the same period (January-October). Thalys sales worldwide grew at a rate of 5.5% per year in 2004 and 2005. Recent surveys show 88% of Thalys customers rate the service satisfactory overall, and 95% feel the service is reliable.

Travel times will shrink -- In 2008, new portions of high-speed lines in Belgium and in The Netherlands will allow Thalys to operate at a speed of 186 mph (300 km/hr) on all segments, saving one hour on the popular Paris-Amsterdam, Paris-Cologne journeys over the current 4hr 10min (Paris-Amsterdam), 3hr 50min (Paris-Cologne) travel times. At present, the train operates at 186 mph only between Paris and Brussels, taking just 1 hour 25 min to go between central Paris and central Brussels.

Kids Ride Free On Thalys -- Up to four children, aged 4-11 can ride free in 1st or 2nd class on Thalys routes to/from Marne La Vallée (Disneyland Resort Paris) if accompanied by a paying adult traveling Jan 7 - March 29th (certain blackout dates apply) when the ticket is purchased from Rail Europe in North America before March 29, 2007.

For more information or to book Thalys and trains operating in more than 30 countries, consult a travel agent or log on to (U.S.) or (Canada) or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or 1-800-361-7245 (Canada).

Photos: high-resolution photos of Thalys and other European trains may be downloaded by journalists at

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