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(Business) trip to Paris? Thalys is considerably cheaper than flying, and is much preferred by business passengers and travel managers when it comes to working during the journey. This is the finding of a survey carried out by international research agency EPSA for Thalys. Travelling with Thalys on the Amsterdam-Paris route is almost a third (32%) cheaper than flying. And most business passengers can only spend a quarter of their journey actually working when travelling by plane, compared to over half their journey time when travelling with Thalys.
The cost of the trip is the most important criterion when choosing how to travel on a business trip, and Thalys scores best on all routes here too. With regard to total journey time, Thalys still comes a close second to flying, but the deficit has been reduced since switching to the higher speed line. Research also shows, however, that travel managers and passengers think productivity en route is more important than total travel time. This is why 90% of travel managers prefer the train, because it’s the most suitable means of transport for working during the journey. And this is proven to be the case in practice: no less than 97% of business passengers say they work while travelling with Thalys.
Passengers who want to work while travelling say that important facilities are: having a power socket near the seat, having access to an internet connection, the point of departure and/or arrival (station or airport) not being too far away, and being able to use a mobile phone. Thalys offers the best option in most cases.
Please contact your Carlson Wagonlit Travel counselor for more information.