An IZY train in Paris Nord station
|Franchise(s)||Wholly owned subsidiary of Thalys|
|Main stations(s)||Brussels-South, Paris-Gare du Nord|
|Stations called at||2|
IZY (French pronunciation: [iˈzi]) is a low-cost train service between Brussels and Paris. It is a brand of Thalys, which is jointly owned by the French and Belgian national rail companies SNCF (60%) and SNCB/NMBS (40%). It was announced on 1 March 2016, and the first services started on 3 April 2016.
Based on the popular Ouigo train service by SNCF, Thalys began its own low-cost service to compete with increasingly popular international coach services such as Eurolines and Megabus, and car pooling services such as BlaBlaCar. IZY provides up to three services per day using two TGV high speed train sets leased from SNCF.
In order to offer significantly lower prices than on standard Thalys trains, IZY trains lack a buffet car and have a greater number of more tightly packed seats. Standard adult fares start from €19 single depending on the time of the journey and how far it is booked in advance. A premium service named Standard XL starts at €29 and offers a slightly larger seat and an individual power socket. There are also two lower costs options, a collapsible seat in the vestibule for as little as €15 and a non-guaranteed seat option for as little as €10. Thalys promises to charge no more than €59 for a ticket for Standard and €69 for Standard XL.
Supplementary fees are as follows:
In 2019, this trainset was be replaced by a former Eurostar Class 373/TGV TMST, formed with half-trainsets 373213 and 373224. The IZY livery on this new trainset uses white instead of silver paint and features more purple.
IZY uses the main train stations of Brussels-South and Paris-Gare du Nord, in comparison to Ouigo, which serves secondary stations such as Marne-la-Vallée for Paris, and Tourcoing for Lille. However, the IZY service does not use the same rail line as Thalys, but rather conventional older rail lines. For this reason it is more at risk of delays caused by other trains or factors on the rail system than the dedicated Thalys high speed line.