Delta launches a new Air+Rail program on Wednesday (Aug 11) in partnership with Thalys high-speed trains to provide fast rail connections between Amsterdam and the Belgian cities of Brussels and Antwerp.
The new agreement enables customers to seamlessly transfer between plane and train at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with one ticket booking. From the train station, located in Schiphol’s Central Plaza, there is convenient access and frequent service to the heart of Brussels and Antwerp with journey times of just over an hour. Thalys high-speed trains offer a comfortable travel experience with power outlets at each seat as well as wi-fi on every train.
“This Air+Rail program with Thalys is just the beginning, as we look to offer our customers complete peace of mind with fast and convenient train service to a number of destinations throughout Europe. For our European customers, this also provides a great way to travel to Amsterdam to catch flights to destinations throughout the United States,” said Alain Bellemare, Delta’s President – International. “We have learned from our partner airlines, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines who offer similar programs, and with the rail infrastructure already in place in Europe we are able to provide our customers with increased choice as well as convenient travel options.”
The booking process through Delta’s self-service channels could not be easier. The train segments are clearly identified throughout when selecting Brussels Midi/Zuid or Antwerp Central as the destination or origin, in the same way, you book a flight. The travel process is also convenient: Customers who have booked the Air+Rail package can check-in for their flight as normal. The only difference is that for the rail segment:
A) Customers can either check-in on Accesrail.com to get their boarding pass, using the Delta ticket confirmation or can obtain the train ticket at the train station ticket window. The train ticket will clearly show the seat and carriage of travel.
B) On the day of travel, customers arriving in Amsterdam from a flight will go through customs as normal and collect their bags before connecting on the train.
C) For those travelling on the train to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the same check-in process applies. Customers will collect their bags from the train before checking for their flight as normal.
If You Go: Testing and Vaccination Requirements
The Netherlands and Belgium are open to all U.S. travellers. Entry to the U.S. from the Schengen area remains restricted except for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Customers are advised to check entry requirements prior to travel.