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4 reasons to travel in first class

Travelling in first class can cost a lot less than you think. Sometimes, the price difference with second class is fairly minimal, depending on the timing of your booking and the train’s occupancy rate.

More legroom, reclining seats, individual electrical sockets and international newspapers and magazines are just a few of the benefits you'll enjoy in first class, but there’s more. Experience the comforts of first-class rail travel and you may never want to go back to second class :-)

1. Lounge access

If you have to wait, then you might as well do it in a pleasant environment. Travelling in first class* will give you access to a range of lounges in dozens of European train stations: the Thalys Lounge&More, the Eurostar Business Premier Lounges, the DB Lounges and the NS International Lounges.

These comfy lounges offer free Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments and international newspapers and magazines. Most of them also come with meeting rooms so you can get some work done while you wait.

* Premium class on board Thalys and Business Premier on Eurostar trains

1. On-board meals

A meal or breakfast is included in the price of your ticket if you travel in Standard Premier or Business Premier on board Eurostar or in Premium class on Thalys. A bonus: the meal’s brought to you so you can dig in straight away ;-)

First-class travellers on ICE trains can request food to be served at their seat for an additional charge.

Meal on board Thalys
Eurostar Business Premier Lounge Paris

3. Travel in comfort

It may seem trivial to some, but a little more comfort goes a long way. First-class carriages feature seats with plenty of legroom, so you don’t even have to get up to be able to stretch your legs. You’ll thank yourself later, when you arrive refreshed and ready to roll.

In general, you’ll also notice that it’s a lot quieter to travel in first (or business) class. Whether you need to prepare for a business meeting or you just appreciate the calmness, a ticket upgrade will give you all the peace you need.

4. Save precious time

Time is money! Therefore, both Eurostar and Thalys trains are configured in a certain way so that passengers in the first-class carriages arrive first at their destination (e.g. closest to the exit). And if you travel in Business Premier on board Eurostar, you can get the full experience at the lounge and use the dedicated express check-in up to 10 minutes before the train’s departure.

Premium travellers on Thalys and Business Premier travellers on Eurostar can also benefit from on-board taxi reservation request, so your driver will be waiting for you on arrival.