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Any idea for Hague to Paris by Train?

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1. Posted by dailybow (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

This is my first time in Europe, I have meeting in Hague for 2 weeks in June and 2 days for free from 9-10 June. I plan to go to Paris by bus or train and stay overnight there. Can you suggest any route is good? and how much does it cost?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

There's an hourly train from Den Haag HS to Brussels, from where (20 minutes later) you can catch the Thalys to Paris. (While the train to Brussels allows boarding with just a regular train ticket, you need to reserve a seat in advance for the Thalys.) The total time for this journey is 4 hours.
A couple of times a day (07:36, 09:36, 13:36, 17:36) you can also directly take the Thalys from Den Haag HS to Paris (will save you half an hour travelling time; same note about needing to reserve a ticket).
The cost of a return ticket with the Thalys can vary a lot, from €69 to €181, depending on which rate you can get (there's many dates with the cheapest rates available in June toward Paris, and a few dates with the cheapest rates toward The Hague; though it looks like the cheapest rate is only available for the earliest train each day).

You can book tickets here, but for some stupid reason they don't seem to have an english version of their site for international train journeys. :/ The Thalys website might be more helpful, although trying it, it ended up redirecting me to a dutch-only site too. :/

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Easy.

There are direct trains every 2hours [though once a day there is sometimes a gap,meaning 4hours], from Den Haag HS to Paris Nord. It's a Thalys train with compulsary reservation/booking, and takes 3.5hours.

There is a cheaper (but longer) option of travelling via normal Benelux train [hourly] from Den Haag HS to Bruxelles Zuid-Midi, which is the last of 3 stations the train stops at. There you change onto a more frequent Thalys train. This is again compulsary reservation, but there are many more trains than from Den Haag, so if you can't get a seat on the through train, it is a possibility.

Note that neither of these goes from Centraal station in Den Haag, though that is only a few minutes away and there are frequent connections.

You can book on line at www.thalys.com or via agencies if you don't have a suitable delivery address, and normally buying tickets a day or two in advance is no problem, except at peak times.