Starting October, two additional high-speed Thalys trains will connect Brussels to Amsterdam. These high-speed trains should partially offset the failure of Fyra, the train from Italian manufacturer AnsaldoBreda which has been cancelled for recurring technical problems.
Several months ago, SNCB and society NS Dutch Railways had asked the company to increase the number of Thalys trains on the Brussels-Amsterdam line to compensate for the collapse of Fyra. Initially expected in mid-December, these trains will be put into operation from October 7.
Monday to Thursday will offer 10 trains per day with 12 on Fridays. This line is also the connections for Schiphol airport and Rotterdam.
These two additional high-speed trains represent a capacity increase of 17%, or about 8,000 more seats per week.
The journey between Brussels and Amsterdam takes 1:49 hrs and tickets for these new routes will go on sale from Thursday. In 2012, the sale of tickets Thalys to Brussels-Amsterdam line increased by 5.5%.