Indian Railways

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About Indian Railways

Company information

Indian Railway is the government-owned national railway system. Together with its subsidiary, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, or IRCTC, which handles the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations, the Indian Ministry of Railways operates the world's fourth largest railway network.

Experiencing the bustle of Indian railway stations is a quintessentially Indian experience and your trip across the country will not be complete without taking an Indian train.

Currently there are no high-speed trains in the country but by 2022 about 100 Indian Railway new trains will be added to the rolling stock to increase the speed of services.

Indian Railway Network

18 zones and 73 divisions of Indian Railways cover every corner of the country except its northernmost tip with about 6,800 stations served. The total length of the rail routes reaches almost 70,000 km.

Some of the most popular railway routes include…
From Delhi to:

To Delhi from:

Elsewhere:

Indian Railway luxury trains

Besides usual passenger transportation, special tourist trains of the Indian Railway service popular tourist circuits across the country. Offered by IRCTC, there are combo packages for such routes that include rail travel and local transportation plus accommodation, food and guided tours.

These luxury tourist trains offer a 5-star hotel comfort with a variety of top-notch facilities available on-board.

India’s most celebrated luxury train is The Palace on Wheels that makes an 8 day-7 night circular trip around Rajasthan starting and terminating it in New Delhi.

Other luxury trains of India include:

  • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels covers destinations in Rajasthan.
  • Maharajas Express is a seasonal train, which runs on 5 different routes.
  • Deccan Odyssey brings visitors to Maharashtra and Goa.
  • Golden Chariot offers two routes in Indian South.
  • Fairy Queen hauled by the world’s oldest operating steam engine, connects Delhi to Alwar.
  • Buddhist Circuit Train, or Mahaparinirvan Express caters for Buddhist pilgrims.

Indian Railway Schedule

The complete Indian Railway timetable can be found on the official IR website.
For destination-specific information and availability of rail service please do revert to our website.
There is also a very handy tool for checking IR train cancellations and rescheduling. Called ‘National Train Enquiry System’ (NTES), it features a train tracker and allows to check seat availability, too.

IR trains – what to expect

There are three classes of AC sleeper carriages, or Indian Railway berth carriages.

  • The first class (AC1 or A1) is obviously the best choice with its two- or four-berth compartments.

  • Second class AC sleeper carriages are also ok with an open planning and four berths in each bay.

  • Third class AC features 6 berths per bay and is also open-plan.

  • SL, or Sleeper Class does not have AC and often becomes overcrowded. It is also open-plan with 6 bunks per bay. It is cheap and provides better opportunities for photos as windows can be opened here. Bedding is not provided even on longer routes.

  • There are 3 Chair Classes with Executive Chair Class (EC) with soft reclining seats and AC being the top choice though you will not find this class on every train.

  • CC, or standard AC Chair Class is a good choice for daytime journeys.

  • 2S, or Second Class Seats are not recommended for long or overnight routes.

Indian Railway Fares and Tickets

Rail travel in India is wonderfully affordable and often more time-effective on longer routes than taking a plane.

Indian Railway reservation opens 120 days prior to the departure date for longer routes and 15–30 days in advance – for shorter routes.

Similarly, these are the time limits for Indian Railways online ticket booking.

Indian trains often do become fully booked weeks before departure date so it is highly recommended to reserve your berth or seat as early as possible.

Tatkal tickets

If you fail to book your ticket in advance there is still a chance to get a last-moment deal.

The system that allows passengers to grab tickets on trains which are fully booked long before the departure date is called ‘tatkal’.

Meaning ‘immediate’ in Hindu, Tatkal booking system opens at 10 am the day before travel. It basically means that Tatkal ticket booking time and period vary depending on the departure time of your train and can be from 14 hours to almost 38 hours before the actual departure.

There is a small amount of seats and berths reserved for Tatkal tickets on many popular trains. Tatkal ticket price is slightly higher than a standard fare.

Train tickets booking in India

Indian railway tickets can be booked online or if you are already in India bought at the stations.

For online ticket booking, your options include both the official Indian Railways booking website, or IRCTC, and private agencies.

The first option gives you full access to all the trains, Tourist Quotas, Reservations Against Cancellations, Wait lists and Tatkal booking. On the negative side is the necessity to go through a rather complicated registration process.

The second option costs slightly more but considering that Indian train tickets do not cost much, it is a minor issue. Also, such ticketing agencies, including us, neither sell RAC tickets nor put you on waitlists – all tickets booked are booked and confirmed. With this option, Indian Railway online booking is an easy and fast process.

Pros

  1. Indian Railways connect all major and many of the minor destinations across the country. Basically, you can travel between almost any two destinations in India by train.

  2. Indian railway tickets are very affordable.

  3. Indian train booking system is unique and may seem too complex with its Tourist quota, Reservations Against Cancellations, Wait lists and Tatkal but nevertheless efficient.

  4. Travelling by train in India is the best way to get glimpses of the real local life and mingle with the locals.

Cons

  1. In many cases, if you want to travel in an AC sleeper carriage, you need to reserve much in advance.

  2. Carriages of cheaper classes even with reserved berths or seats (SL and second class seats) may become overcrowded.

  3. Cleanliness of toilets is often an issue in cheaper classes.

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Indian Railways Stations

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Indian Railways Company Reviews

V N
Great trip
Train #02904 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, May 24, 2022
S
exellent
Train #12050 EC - Extended AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, May 10, 2022
J R
Perfect!!!
Train #14309 2S - Second Sitting Class, Indian Railways, Apr 30, 2022
C C
6 hours late
Train #01293 3A - AC 3-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Jan 10, 2022
R D
Train on time, but a bit noisy
Train #12302 3A - AC 3-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Dec 21, 2021
B B
total change of scenery, very friendly locals, comfortable trains with bunks
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Train #12267 3A - AC 3-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Mar 27, 2020
M M
Le train est arrivé en gare avec 40 minutes de retard ce qui est standard pour l'Inde 2 couchettes ont été occupées par 4 personnes. une famille avec 2 enfants. Ils ont chuchoté tard dans la nuit Qualité prix il n'y a rien à dire c'est vraiment pas cher les billets sont explicites
Train #16591 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Mar 26, 2020
A L
Egentligen har jag ingenting att klaga över förutom att damen undertill insisterade att hålla gardinerna till den nedre bedden fördragna hela dagen så att jag inte kunde se några landskap alls. Maten var god och billig. Kaffe och te serverades frekvent och nästan gratis.
Train #16381 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Mar 24, 2020
R A
Поезд задержался на пол часа,в остальном все отлично
Train #12618 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Mar 16, 2020
I K
В целом поездка прошла лучше, чем я ожидала. Поезд тронулся вовремя, приехал в Агру с точностью до минуты. В поезде предложили перекус, воду, сок и даже подарили крем Nivea с влажными салфетками. Это, наверное, один из самых быстрых поездов в Агру из Дели. Поездка заняла чуть больше двух часов.
Train #12434 3A - AC 3-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Mar 14, 2020
A R
ausgezeichnet, umfangreiches Catering, sehr hilfsbereit mit schwerem Gepäck - natürlich für ein kleines Tip.
Train #12050 EC - Extended AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Mar 12, 2020
J L
Train à l’heure Compartiment très propre
Train #12626 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Mar 12, 2020
H H
Nice trip, good view and nesrly ion time!
Train #18048 SL - Sleeper Class, Indian Railways, Mar 10, 2020
A R
Мы не первый раз заказываем билеты через 12go на поезда в Индии. Как всегда, билеты были в порядке, места рядом. Очень рекомендуем этого оператора. Поезд немного задержался в дороге и прибыл в Матхуру на 20 минут позже расписания.
Train #12280 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Mar 6, 2020
H C
Very good experience
Train #12050 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Mar 4, 2020
C K
Hat alles reibungslos geklappt! Danke
Train #12609 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Mar 4, 2020
S G
Places très serrées, beaucoup de bruit dans le train.
Train #12992 2S - Second Sitting Class, Indian Railways, Mar 2, 2020
R
Very pleasant trip in this local color train
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Train #22623 SL - Sleeper Class, Indian Railways, Mar 1, 2020
S G
Le train a été dérouté, n’est pas passé par Jaipur, nous avons dû en prendre un autre, sans places réservées.
Train #12015 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 29, 2020
N T
Very easy to buy tickets for train in india with go asia The train at trivandrum central is on time and the réservation in class 3 its Ok Friendly service in board A good expérience
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Train #12512 3A - AC 3-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 27, 2020
A C
No trash can but good services.
Train #12448 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 26, 2020
C J
Trajet de 2:30 entre Delhi et Agra agréable, de l’espace pour s’assoir et mettre ses affaires puisque les couchettes sont relevées. Les toilettes étaient trop sales pour être utilisées à notre goût. Une expérience à vivre, et l’avantage pour pour ceux qui n’aiment pas de ne pas subir la clim (nous avons voyagé en hiver il faisait 20 degrés)
Train #12191 SL - Sleeper Class, Indian Railways, Feb 24, 2020
L J
Des conditions optimales pour voyager en train !
Train #16128 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 24, 2020
A B
Very confortable and punctual
Train #22988 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 22, 2020
A Z
Great journey but Tuktuk drivers are very annoying and already waiting for you at the train
Train #22988 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 22, 2020
R D
Réservations rapides et sans problèmes
Train #22988 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 21, 2020
K R
Alles hat geklappt und wir sind indisch entsprechend gut gereist. Die 1. Klasse wird so runtergekühlt, dass man fast einfriert! Sevice von 12go Asia war super
Train #12224 1A - AC First Class Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 21, 2020
M R
Booking worked, charge relatively high
Train #12050 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 19, 2020
A Z
Very fast trip and good service.Breakfast was very good and typically Indian
Train #12050 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 19, 2020
D Z
Отличный сервис, в последний момент купил онлайн билет из Дели в Агру. Распечатывать или подтверждать в кассе не нужно.
Train #12280 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 18, 2020
M D
Alles hat wunderbar geklappt!
Train #10103 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 14, 2020
L C
AC1 的車廂十分的舒適,兩人的小包廂空間也足夠, 但車上的冷氣稍冷,搭了12小時的火車也不會感到疲累.整體而言,很舒服的一趟旅程!
Train #12462 1A - AC First Class Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 13, 2020
M K
席が最高
Train #12365 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 11, 2020
M C
Very good travel, kind People and good service!
Train #12050 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 10, 2020
P S
Поезд прибыл вовремя, но в Madgaon опоздал с прибытием на 1,5 часа. Грязновато в поезде, в остальном все хорошо.
Train #17021 3A - AC 3-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 8, 2020
M Z
Comfortable trip with food! Train was on time. Recommend!
Train #12050 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 7, 2020
C O
Top!!
Train #13006 1A - AC First Class Sleeper, Indian Railways, Feb 6, 2020
P D
Finestrini, come sempre, che non chiudono bene quindi ore di gelo. Gente che viaggia con bambini e che occupano tutto lo spazio possibile senza alcun rispetto per i posti altrui. Fa parte dell'esperienza, ok, ma aver pagato multipli del costo reale del biglietto per un viaggio così è inaccettabile. Vi approfittate del fatto che gli stranieri, volendo prenotare in anticipo, non abbiano alternative. Pentita di averlo fatto perché, in realtà, una volta in India, le alternative, molto economiche, ci sono.
Train #09621 SL - Sleeper Class, Indian Railways, Feb 5, 2020
C O
Top¡!
Train #22436 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 4, 2020
E S
Tout est ok je recommande
Train #12081 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 3, 2020
D C
Le voyage s'est très bien passé: départ à l'heure et arrivée avec un peu de retard. Voiture classe EC très confortable même si un peu vieillotte. Service à bord (collation) aussi surprenant qu’appréciable.
Train #12005 EC - Extended AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 3, 2020
H S
ワンストップで列車やバスの時間、価格が比較できて、チケットも予約できるから、本当に便利。列車はオンタイムで出発、到着で快適でした。
Train #14802 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Feb 2, 2020
P R
Train à l'heure et places correctes.
Train #09721 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Jan 25, 2020
J C
Timing parfait
Train #22625 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Jan 21, 2020
S M
Very full, toilet very wet. No overhead light. Typical Indian railway. Just what we came here for. The EXPERIENCE! If you're looking for 5 star "American" comforts, this is not for you !!
Train #17031 SL - Sleeper Class, Indian Railways, Jan 20, 2020
A C
Parfait ! Réception des billets de train quasi immédiate, mail d’information et de rappel très clair! Je recommande !
Train #22627 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Jan 20, 2020
F V
Excellent trip!
Train #12050 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Jan 17, 2020
A B
Servizi superiori a quanto atteso
Train #12002 CC - AC Chair Class, Indian Railways, Jan 16, 2020
R R
Just good, easy to book!
Train #16724 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Jan 10, 2020
L S
Amazing Night Train in AC2 Class
Train #12458 2A - AC 2-Tier Sleeper, Indian Railways, Dec 20, 2019
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99.2% of 51,932 travelers were presumably happy with Indian Railways as they left good or no review