Are you an Ice Hockey Fan?
From Belgium, Thalys will take you in only 2 hours to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in May 2017!
In order to travel to your favourite team’s games at the best prices, don’t forget to book your train tickets now. The earlier you book, the cheaper it is!
- Belgium-Paris: from €29 in Comfort 2*
- Belgium-Cologne: from €19 in Comfort 2*
Choose Thalys – the most direct way to the games.
Did you know? Thalys takes you right to the city centre. To get to the sites from Paris or Cologne train stations, it couldn't be easier: Find out more
*Ticket available on single tickets, in Comfort 2 only. No exchanges or refunds available. Subject to availability. Offer valid on certain trains only.
Thalys, Official Partner of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
Each day, Thalys carries its passengers at high speed between Cologne and Paris. Crossing borders is in our DNA and we are delighted to be able to contribute in our own way to the motto of the competition: "Together for 2017". Whether you are a hockey player, a fan, or an occasional spectator, Thalys will take you closest to the games!
A popular sport in Germany and France, ice hockey combines performance and speed, just like our red trains. From 5 to 21 May 2017, Paris and Cologne will host the 81st IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, during which 16 national teams will be competing. An ideal opportunity to discover this awesome and crazy sport that will thrill you for 60 intense minutes.
Outside the arenas, this event is also an opportunity to (re)discover two Thalys destinations with very different atmospheres which are always full of surprises. Make the most of your trip to Cologne or Paris!
You haven't got your ticket for the game yet? Still looking for a hotel?
For a totally successful sporting stay, you can count on the Official Partners for the championship:
To enjoy the live atmosphere in the arenas, book your seats via the official IIHF ticket desk.
Getting to the sites:
From Paris Gare du Nord, take the RER D heading South, and get off at Gare de Lyon. From there, you can walk to the AccorHotels Arena in 8 minutes.
From Köln Hauptbahnhof, simply take a regional train (S 6, S 11, S 12, S 13 / S 19) to the next station (Köln Messe/Deutz), then walk 10 minutes to arrive at the LANXESS Arena.
Exploring the host cities:
It would be a shame to only go to the arenas – Paris and Cologne have so much to offer!
Make the most of your trip thanks to your Thalys ticket and its benefits: Take advantage of a 10% discount on the price of the Paris Passlib’, the card offering free public transport and discounts at museums and attractions...
In Cologne, you can enjoy a 10% discount at the KölnShop for the duration of the championship. A great opportunity to find the perfect souvenir for your trip!