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Fyra/Thalys

Johor Bahru...
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Fyra/Thalys

May I know what is the difference between the two?

How about their station in Amsterdam? Same location? How to go?And how much?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Fyra/Thalys

Hi there,

Route upto Brussels is totally the same, and seat quality etc. is also similar; with Thalys in both 2nd and 1st class having the slight upper hand.

So the main differentiator for a tourist (going to Antwerp or Brussels) is price and schedule. Simply pick a train with a departure/arrival schedule fitting for you as long as the price is okay - if you are flexible in timing it might be worth getting 1 train earlier or later and switching from Thalys to Fyra or v.v.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Fyra/Thalys

Thalys is about 10 minutes faster so nothing in it really. As Erik said same stations and use the same track as each other. Thalys has more airline style seating but the Fyra is still comfortable.

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3. Re: Fyra/Thalys

Thalys or Fyra depart from Central Station, you will have to book online http://www.nshispeed.nl/en the Fyra it's 25 euro one way to Brussels if you do it at least one week in advance.

Edited: 6:23 am, December 11, 2012
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4. Re: Fyra/Thalys

Fyra is run by the Dutch train company and Thalys by the French.

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5. Re: Fyra/Thalys

That's too simple. Both are complex joint ventures, and tickets are sold by all participating railway companies including the Belgian (b-rail.be). Bottom line as mentioned: if it's Amsterdam-Paris no choice, if it's Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Brussels it depends on right price for you and right time for you.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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6. Re: Fyra/Thalys

From what I read in the news I understand that the Fyra train is very cheaply built by an Italian company and this is partly the cause of all the current problems and delays.

It's already nicknamed the 'aldi-train' because it seems to be purchased at the Aldi discounter (cheap supermarket).

So if you have the choice you might want to go for the Thalys.

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7. Re: Fyra/Thalys

Thank you so much for all the contribution!

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Grrr.. Im'm angry for Fyra. I have a reservation for tomorrow, and:

"Fyra service temporarily suspended: travel advice for 19, 20 and 21 January

Due to adverse weather conditions and resulting damage to Fyra rolling stock, Fyra train services between Belgium and The Netherlands have been suspended until at least 21 January for safety reasons. "

Only Fyra is suspended, Thalys doesn't have problem. So that's difference in quality.

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9. Re: Fyra/Thalys

It goes a bit further. The Belgian authorities "have grounded" the Fyra, and NS cancelled the remaining order of the Fyra and demands compensation from the manufacturer. Both the Belgian and Dutch parliaments will have a joint session about this matter, demanding answers from everyone involved.

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10. Re: Fyra/Thalys

It's even worse than Italian cars!