Rail Europe Offers Thalys Special: 50% Discount on One-Way Thalys Tickets for Travel Between France-Belgium-Netherlands

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 24 /CNW/ -- Rail Europe is currently offering
50% off the normal price for one-way full-fare tickets on all routes of the
high-speed Thalys train connecting Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam. Tickets must be
booked by March 2, 2008 for travel through March 20, 2008.
    This special offer is for 1st or 2nd class full-fare tickets between all
French, Belgian, and Dutch cities Thalys serves. The normal one-way full-fare
ticket between Paris and Brussels costs from $234 US/CAD (1st class) or $140
US/CAD (2nd), compared to the promotional fare from $109 US/CAD (1st) or $70
US/CAD (2nd). Between Paris and Amsterdam the normal full-fare ticket costs
from $291 US/CAD (1st) or $179 US/CAD (2nd); with this special promotion, that
drops to $149 US/CAD (1st) or $90 US/CAD (2nd). While full-fare tickets are
fully exchangeable and refundable, the special promotional fares are
non-exchangeable and non-refundable. [Note: this promotion is not valid for
travel to/from Germany.]
    Thalys to get faster in 2008
    Thalys takes just 1 hour 22 minutes to go from downtown Paris to
Brussels, most of the journey made at 186 mph. In 2008, all Thalys tracks will
be high-speed and travel times Paris-Amsterdam (currently 4 hrs 11 min.) and
Paris-Cologne (presently 3 hrs 50 min) will be cut to 3 hrs 9 min and 2 hrs 50
min, respectively. Up to 27 trains travel between Paris and Brussels in each
direction daily, making the service convenient as well as fast.
    The number of North Americans buying tickets on Thalys in 2007 increased
7% compared to 2006, reports Rail Europe, largest North American distributor
of European rail products.
    For more information or to book any of Rail Europe's wide range of
economical railpasses and point-to-point tickets on trains throughout Europe
and the U.K., consult a travel agent or log on to Rail Europe's web site,
www.raileurope.com or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245 (U.S.) or
1-800-361-7245 (Canada).

For further information:

For further information: Beth DeMarte, Director of Marketing of Rail 
Europe, +1-914-681-3266, pr@raileurope.com

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