Train Travel in India

Information on getting around the country by train using the Indian rail network...

Thirty million passengers travel every day on Indian Railways’ 114,500 Km of track. There are different types of trains that vary in speed and comfort.

The Duronto, Rajdhani and Shatabdi Expresses are fast trains that link major cities.

  • Duronto express trains link the following cities: Pune and Kolkata, Pune and New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore, Kolkata and New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, Kolkata and Puri, Kolkata and Digha, New Delhi and Jammu, New Delhi and Lucknow, New Delhi and Chennai, New Delhi and Allahabad, New Delhi and Bhubaneswar, New Delhi and Kochi, New Delhi and Secunderabad, Mumbai and Nagpur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad
  • Rajdhani express trains link New Delhi with the following cities: Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Jammu, Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Secunderabad Ranchi, Bilaspur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad
  • Shatabdi express trains link Chennai and Mysore, Chennai and Bangalore, Bombay and Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Ranchi, and New Delhi with the following cities: Bhopal, Lucknow, Kalka, Amritsar, Ajmer, Dehradun and Kanpur

Train journeys in India can easily take a day or even two, with the longest train journey from Kanyakumari at India’s southernmost tip to Dibrugarh in north-eastern Assam taking 82 hours. All long-distance trains have food for sale and sleeping berths in several classes. 1A, 2A and 3A classes are air-conditioned and comfortable with bedding provided.

  • 1A is the most expensive class. There are only two berths and the door to the compartment can be locked. The comfort level is not necessarily superior to the other classes, but there is more privacy
  • 2A costs almost half the price of 1A. There are 4 berths (2 on each side) with 2 more berths in the side aisle. The compartment is open and not lockable
  • 3A costs about 1/3 less than 2A. Here there are 6 berths (3 on each side) with 2 more berths in the side aisle. Like 2A, the compartment is open
  • Sleeper Class is less than half the price of 3A. This class is not air-conditioned but still reasonably comfortable though not at the same standard as the air-conditioned classes. Like 3A, there are 6 berths (3 on each side) with 2 more berths in the side aisle

Reservations are required for all of the above. The unreserved class is almost always crowded.

Trains can easily be booked online, at Railway Reservation Counters at major stations and offices, or through the services of a travel agent. It is necessary to reserve as far in advance as possible as seats fill up quickly.

Indrail passes are available to foreigners on production of a valid passport and valid visa. They enable travel over the entire Indian Railways network within the period of validity, and can be bought in US Dollars for periods ranging from half a day to 90 days. Reservations must be made separately.

  • To make a reservation, visit the official Indian Railways reservation website: Click here
  • For full information on routes, fares and schedules, Indrail passes, and to enquire by SMS: Click here