* exception: early bird sale for travel in summer (July and August) and winter period (Christmas and ski season). For these periods, the date of the early bird sale is to be specified each year.
The TGV INOUI bar carriage is open to all passengers. Here you can purchase a wide selection of refreshments including drinks, warm meals, sandwiches and salads, as well as magazines, children's games, USB sticks, Paris Metro maps, etc.
The on-board work areas are specially designed for working or simply making phone calls and are located in carriages 6 and 7. You’ll find a table and electrical sockets there.
Book the family compartment to enjoy a relaxing journey with your children, who’ll have the freedom to move around and play as they please. Each train has 8 family areas with 4 seats in carriages 6 and 7.
To reserve a family compartment (subject to availability), simply request one when booking. You can do this at any SNCB International station, via the SNCB International Contact Centre or at your travel agency.
For most high-speed trains (notably Thalys, Eurostar, TGV, TGV Lyria and ICE), the cheapest fares are available in limited quantities. So to benefit from the best prices, we suggest you avoid peak times and book your journey as far ahead as possible.
To help you find the lowest prices on the main Thalys services, we can offer you a clever fare calendar: at a glance, you can see all trains with seats at the lowest prices over a period of several months.
In some circumstances, it can be more cost-effective to travel as a group, as some rail companies offer fares which are exclusively available to small groups of 3-5 passengers. Examples include the Thalys "Mini Group" fare or the "Pack Tribu" fare from TGV.
Finally, many railway operators regularly run temporary offers on fares, offering passengers good deals on rail travel. To ensure you don't miss out on these offers, we recommend you visit our website or Facebook page regularly, or sign up for our newsletter.
The booking period can vary from one type of train to another. The main international trains at a glance: