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Thalys: How to select forward-facing seats at time of purchase

Old Mar 31, 18, 10:25 am
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Thalys: How to select forward-facing seats at time of purchase

My husband and I will be taking Thalys train #9413 from Paris Gare du Nord to Dortmund on a direct route.

We want to select seats that are together facing forward. I see the option on both Thalys & SNCF websites to request seats by selecting the carriage and seat #s yet there is no info about which direction the specific carriage goes. I don't want to sit backwards.

Where do I find that information? Thank you.
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Old Mar 31, 18, 11:11 pm
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https://www.seat61.com/Europe-train-...ans.htm#France

some links here to thayls that do show Rear and forward facing seats on the charts. no idea of the accuracy now, its been a year since I did it but it was right then for me. I prefer rear facing.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by yytleisure View Post
https://www.seat61.com/Europe-train-...ans.htm#France

some links here to thayls that do show Rear and forward facing seats on the charts. no idea of the accuracy now, its been a year since I did it but it was right then for me. I prefer rear facing.
Thanks for getting back to me.

Where in these charts did you see the direction of the train? The charts show the direction of the seat (facing left, facing right) but I can't find where it shows the direction of the train. So I can't figure out which seats are forward facing.

Where is that info for the Thalys train as I am unfortunately missing it. Thanks.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 12:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Analise View Post
Thanks for getting back to me.

Where in these charts did you see the direction of the train? The charts show the direction of the seat (facing left, facing right) but I can't find where it shows the direction of the train. So I can't figure out which seats are forward facing.

Where is that info for the Thalys train as I am unfortunately missing it. Thanks.
Ah I understand. I had just assumed left was front, and it worked out that way for me. However if they reverse, it would change of course. I don't think I can help you on that.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 6:55 pm
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I would think or even hope that there has to be a way to find out the direction of the Thalys train in order to select seats.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 10:13 am
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Anyone in Paris to have a look on the platform for you? That's my only other idea haha somewhat tongue in cheek. Good luck!
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Perhaps Thalys itself doesn't know which orientation the train will be.

This is the case with CrossCountry Trains in the UK, as their routes involve frequent direction reversals, and trains can go either way into depots, so they really don't know until the train actually starts its journey.
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Old Apr 14, 18, 4:32 pm
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Perhaps Thalys itself doesn't know which orientation the train will be.

This is the case with CrossCountry Trains in the UK, as their routes involve frequent direction reversals, and trains can go either way into depots, so they really don't know until the train actually starts its journey.
Indeed, I experienced that on CrossCountry last Saturday! My reserved seat was facing backwards; luckily, there were PLENTY of unreserved seats facing forward. Also, the train ride was short. The Thalys journey, however, will be 4 3/4 hours.
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How do you select a Thalys seat at time of booking on the Thalys english web site?
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Old May 25, 18, 5:56 am
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How do you select a Thalys seat at time of booking on the Thalys english web site?
Is this the website to which you are referring?

If so, after you select the train, you will see "Seat Preference". Click on it. You will then see a drop down menu with options including "no preference", "seats next to each other", and "seats around a table". No other specifics.

For me, the last option should guarantee one seat facing forward, assuming Thalys honors the seat selection request.

I'll actually be taking another Thalys train from AMS to Gare du Nord but I will be on my own. From what I see, there is no way I can reserve a seat facing forward. I'll have to move around to avoid motion sickness from seating in backward facing seats.
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Is this the website to which you are referring?

If so, after you select the train, you will see "Seat Preference". Click on it. You will then see a drop down menu with options including "no preference", "seats next to each other", and "seats around a table". No other specifics.

For me, the last option should guarantee one seat facing forward, assuming Thalys honors the seat selection request.

I'll actually be taking another Thalys train from AMS to Gare du Nord but I will be on my own. From what I see, there is no way I can reserve a seat facing forward. I'll have to move around to avoid motion sickness from seating in backward facing seats.
  • The web site I was using was
    https://www.thalys.com/de/en/

    However I am quite disappointed with that website compared to something like the UK web sites (Virgin etal.)
    I like to save trip favorite requests without paying a fee that I can go back to with a click a month later to book (at the going rate). I can't do that with Thayls
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Old Jun 17, 18, 7:19 am
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Do the websites Trainline or Loco2 offer direction preference? If not, you might dig into the info on the Man in Sear 61 website.
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