Note: Indian Railways have recently discontinued the sale of Indrail
passes. The information below is as a guideline for prices & a description
of the classes.
The Indrail pass is an unlimited 'travel as you like' ticket valid for
a specific period on the entire railway network in India. It can be used
in a flexible manner to fit into an open schedule or for a planned itinerary
where railway reservations for specific sectors are pre-booked from the
UK in advance.
- No reservation fee for berths or seats.
- Rail reservations can be arranged from UK, if the Indrail pass is
purchased well in advance. Rail reservations are arranged FREE of
cost. Thus saving time by avoiding lengthy queues at railway stations
for rail bookings. On arrival at each station re-confirmation of the
reservations is advisable.
- No sleeper berth surcharge for night journeys for any class of accommodation
(indirect saving of hotel cost).
- No extra charge for travelling by faster trains.
- Free meals on the Rajdhani & Shatabdi expresses.
- Railway retiring rooms at nominal rates (subject to availability).
- Access to waiting halls at stations.
- Usage of left luggage offices for storage of luggage at nominal
- Free luggage allowance on trains. AC Class: 70 kg; IST Cl/AC II
Tier: 50 kg; 2nd Cl: 35 kg. (Chidren between 5 and 11: half allowance).
- The Indrail pass is non-transferable. It should always be carried
along with your passport.
- The ticket is a travel authority. It is subject to rules of reservation.
Transportation is governed by the provision of the Indian Railways
Act & related procedures.
- Seat/berths should be booked well in advance. Short day time journeys
may be possible in unreserved compartments.
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
(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 complete
an enquiry form. You can also look up the times on the
Indian Railways website). 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, AC III Tier, Standard
Ist Class or AC Chaircar.
There are basin/toilet facilities at either end of the carriage. Bedding
is provided in AC II Tier and AC III 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 people split up into
2 & 4 berth cubicles facing each other separated by curtains. A diagram
of the layout is shown below:-
AC II Tier
A photo of AC II Tier is shown below:-
AC III Tier
AC III Tier is exactly the same as AC II Tier in layout except that it
is based on 6 berth cubicles instead of 4 berth cubicles. Hence, it is
split up into 2 & 6 berth cubicles facing each other separated by curtains.
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; in many cases attendant services. A photo of the
same is shown below:-
Standard First Class
Air conditioned carriage with reclining seats. A photo of the same is
(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
||Ist Cl/AC II Tier/AC Ch
* : 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 1950 hrs and arrives in Delhi at 0630 hrs the following
morning. As the journey concludes within 12 hours of the journey (i.e.
0750 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 and Duronto
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 (4 days right up to 90 days).
Note: With the exception of half day, one day & two days 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 2002, he or she
is allowed to start using it on any train fom 0001 on 15 Dec 2002. All
travel must then be completed by 2359 hrs on 29 Dec 2002.