CLASS OF TRAVEL
This is a constant area of confusion, largely, because of the terminology. For example, Ist class is the third highest category in Indian Railways. The highest category of Indian Railway travel is called AC Class. This is then followed by a class called Ist class which includes AC 2 Tier, Standard Ist class and AC chaircar. The bottom category of Indian Railways is referred to as 2nd class.
Choose from three different indrail pass plans.
(1) AC Class: Offers air conditioned accommodation for two berth (one up & one down)
or four berth (2 up & 2 down) locakable compartments for overnight journeys and air
conditioned executive class seating for short journeys such as the Shatabadi express
trains to Agra from Delhi ; linen/blankets; facility of shower/toilet at either end of the
carriage & attendant services. Listed below is a plan view of this type of accommodation.
A photo of the AC Class 4 berth compartment is shown below:-
AC Class 4 berth compartment
AC executive Class
If you travel by daytime short journeys such as Shatabdi expresses AC executive class is the
highest available class. This is similar to aircraft type seats. Diagram of AC executive class
is given below:
General Advise on AC Class.
This is the most comfortable method of travel on Indian Railways. There are 1 or 2 points to look out for before purchasing this type of ticket.
- Work out your railway itinerary (if you need help use the Train Times section or if this is not enough obtain a 'Trains at a Glance' timetable). Check whether the trains you intend to travel have the AC Class service. If you find that a large number of trains in your itinerary have AC class, then this would be the most suitable product for you as it would justify the extra expenditure. Otherwise, you may find that you have purchased the Top AC Class but are travelling by AC 2 Tier for your journeys.
- AC Class sectors exist in major routes. If you are travelling by Rajdhani expresses, then this is one of the most enjoyable experiences for AC Class travel. If you are purchasing this type of ticket it is well worth adding the sectors which have Shatabdi expresses and Rajdhani expresses. In such circumstances, it is well worth purchasing this type of ticket even if there is a lower percentage of AC class availability on your proposed routes.
(2) Ist Class permits travel in AC II Tier, Standard Ist Class or AC Chaircar. There
are basin/toilet facilities at either end of the carriage. Bedding is provided in AC 2 Tier but
not provided in Standard Ist class but can be ordered against payment in advance at certain stations.
AC II Tier: Air conditioned corridor carriage that sleeps 46 peole split up into 2 & 4 berth cubicles separated by curtains. A diagram of the layout is shown below:-
AC 2 Tier
A photo of AC 2 Tier is shown below:-
Standard Ist Class: Offers non air conditioned accommodation for two berth (one up & one down)
or four berth (2 up & 2 down). Note: The policy of the Indian Railways is to phase out Standard Ist Class).
This layout is similar to the plan view diagram of the Air Conditioned Class carriage but without air conditioning,
bedding and in many cases without attendant services. A photo of the same is shown below:-
Standard First Class
AC Chaircar: Air conditioned carriage with reclining seats. A photo of the same is shown below:-
(3) Second class: Seats/berths (in some cases wooden and in some cushioned) and toilets (Indian style). We do not
recommend second class travel for travellers.
The cost of the Indrail pass is dependent on the class and duration of travel. Details are given below:-
Prices of Indrail Passes in US Dollars (Effective from 01 apr 1999
|Duration (Days)||AC Class||Ist Cl/AC II Tier/AC Ch||2nd Class|
* : Half day, one day & two days passes are pre-dated and pre-timed.
For example if a person wishes to travel on the Mandore express (train 2462) from
Jodhpur - Delhi, then he can avail of a half day pass. Train departs Jodhpur at
1930 hrs and arrives in Delhi at 0630 hrs the following morning. As the journey
concludes within 12 hours of the journey (i.e. 0730 hrs the following morning),
this is valid. Similarly, a person travelling from Bombay - Bangalore on train
1013 can obtain a one day pass as the train starts at 2220 and arrives in Bangalore
at 2205 hrs on the following day. The dates and times are not changeable. Reservations
can be made on the trains from the UK.
Two days, One Day & half day passes get downgraded on Rajdhani expresses. If you
have an AC class pass you have to travel in AC 2 tier. If you have an AC 2 tier
pass, you have to travel in AC 3 tier. This is not the case for duration passes.
Note:With the exception of half day & one day passes, all Indrail passes start at one minute past midnight of Day 1 and conclude at one minute to midnight of the concluding day. For example if a person purchases a 15 Days Indrail pass starting from 15 Dec 2001, he or she is allowed to start using it on any train fom 0001 on 15 Dec 2001. All travel must then be completed by 2359 hrs on 29 Dec 2001.
Some popular itineraries EG: North India Sampler & South India Sampler