Você está na página 1de 9

Indian Railways fare classes explained

1 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

Home
Flights
Hotels
Trains
Small World:

About
Support

Indian Railways fare classes explained


Hrush Oct 1, 2008
25 responses
With the launch of Cleartrips online railway bookings, one of our regular blog readers, Dhruv Chopra,
suggested that we provide an overview and explanation of the various classes of travel available from the
Indian Railways. We think it can get quite confusing for people not familiar with our railway system, so well
try to make it clear.
We drew up the table below for an at-a-glance comparison of the Indian Railways classes.

Code Class Name

Description

Berth/Seat
Arrangements Tatkal Bedding

1A

AC First Class Most expensive class, with fares that can be at 2-berth
par with airline fares in some cases. It has
4-berth
spacious, carpeted and lockable compartments
with a washbasin. Showers and toilets are
available at either end of the carriage. Sheets,
pillows, blankets, and towels are provided.
Berth and coach number are allocated only at
the time of chart preparation. You cannot
specify if you want accomodation in a 2 berth
or 4 berth compartment when booking.
Couples are usually given preference for
2-berth compartments, while families and
passengers travelling alone are usually
allocated berths in one of the 4-berth
compartments but this cannot be guaranteed.

2A

AC 2-Tier

AC 2-tier is found on almost all long-distance 2-berth


trains and is slightly cheaper than AC First
4-berth
Class and around 25% more expensive than

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

2 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

non-AC First Class (FC). Coaches are


airconditioned with sleeping berths, curtains
and individual reading lamps. Berths are
arranged in cubicles of four (two upper, two
lower) on one side of the aisle, and two above
and below the windows on the other side of
the aisle. Toilet facilities are available at
either end of the carriage. Sheets, pillows and
blankets are provided in the evenings.
3A

AC 3-Tier

Slightly cheaper than First Class, AC 3-tier is 2-berth


similar to AC 2-tier, but it is more crowded
6-berth
than AC 2-tier, and it lacks the privacy
curtains and individual reading lamps found
in AC 2-tier. It has three tiers of
bunksupper, middle and
lowerarranged in bays of six on one
side of the aisle, and bays of two (side-upper
and side-lower) on the other side of the aisle.
During the day, the middle beds must be
folded down flat against the compartment
walls to allow passengers to sit on the lower
beds. Toilet facilities are available at either
end of the carriage. Pillows, sheets and
blankets are provided in the evening.

FC

First Class

This is the way the Raj traveled, First Class 2-berth


has mostly been phased out in favor of Air
4-berth
Conditioned carriages. The fare is generally
three times the Sleeper (SL) fare. It offers
non-AC coaches with lockable 4-berth (two
up & two down) and 2-berth (one up & one
down) compartments. Bedding is not included
in the fare, but may be available for a small
extra charge if booked in advance. Showers
and toilets are available at either end of the
carriage.

Extra

CC

AC Chair Car

Generally three times more expensive than


2-seat
Second Sitting (2S), the AC Chair Class is
3-seat
normally found on daytime shuttle or
intercity trains (for example Mumbai-Pune,
Delhi-Agra). There are a total of five seats in
a row, three on one side and two on the other
side of aisle. Only sitting room is provided,
with no standees allowed.

SL

Sleeper

Arguably the most popular class of travel,


2-berth
Sleeper has three tiers of bunksupper, 6-berth
middle and lowerarranged in bays of six

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

3 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

on one side of the aisle, and bays of two


(side-upper and side-lower) on the other side
of the aisle. During the day, the middle beds
must be folded down flat against the
compartment walls to allow passengers to sit
on the lower beds. Toilet facilities are
available at either end of the carriage.
Bedding is not provided.
2S

Second Sitting The cheapest class of travel on the Indian


Railways, Second Sitting has ordinary
coaches which have seating arrangement on
cushioned seats in two rows of 3 seats each.

Enjoyed this post?


Tweet
Like

Send

25 Responses Last reply was 431 days ago


All (25)
Comments (25)
Tweets (0)
Facebook (0)
Pingbacks (0)

1.
Sujoy
Oct 1, 2008
Thanks a ton for this. Its really useful. I dont think anyone has covered these details so well.I dont
know if it`s possible but it would absolutely great if you could get some large bright good quality
images of all the classes.

2.
Sushil
Oct 1, 2008
Lot of thanks to provide such useful information.
It may be more representative if some images are included with each type of class.
\

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

4 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

3.
abey
Oct 1, 2008
While not relevant to bookings online or offline there is also the UR (Unreserved) class. If you want to
get somewhere in a hurry and even the buses are full up just buy the ticket and cramp up in the UR
box. Depending on your luck you may end up squatting in the corridor!

4.
K.Satish
Oct 1, 2008
by far the most valuable info and facilities available on cleartrip in comparison to the official rail web
site.
thanks

5.
ratan
Oct 1, 2008
Good info, quite useful.. pls include the pictures and also about some details on RAC and those rules
on reservation..HAve a great day..

6.
Sriram
Oct 1, 2008
Nowadays the side berths are 3 (which used to be 2 before) this makes the 3 AC , Sleeper Class
coaches have 8 additional berths.

7.
Anoop
Oct 1, 2008
Iam a regular traveller , and is almost on the verge of snapping ties with Indian Railways, First and
foremost is the phasing out of First Class coach and trust me this is the only class worth travelling on a
train for long distances, Second is the BLACK-MARKETING of tickets by railways called TATKAL
scheme, This is nothing but extortion of citizens by blocking about 30% of seats in trains to be sold at
higher prices, and of course air-travel is much cheaper if you compare with the TATKAL costs in
higher classes and considering the fact that Railway essentially is running bullock cart speed trains,
calling them super-fast and extorting money, To me the railways nowadays appear to be a big extortion
racket

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

5 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

8.
Swatee
Oct 1, 2008
I had booked railway ticket from Shegaon to Mumbai on 17.01.09 against PNR NO.6323066947 which
wad wait list for the last minute.
Can I get money back for the same.

9.
Hrush
Oct 1, 2008
SwateeWe cannot handle service requests on our blog, could you please post your details to the
Cleartrip Forum:
http://www.cleartrip.com/forums
The forum is constantly monitored by our customer service team.

10.
nirmal
Oct 1, 2008
thanx for such useful info. Fare info required on ordinary train and General Compartment. No website,
No call centre (139) coveres this info. people cannot plan their cheapest day-journey in the absence of
this info.

11.
suryabhan
Oct 1, 2008
thanx for the information, its useful to me thanx alot

12.
K.D.Udayan
Oct 1, 2008
It is very much helpfull to the passengers and the appreciable things done. Need to enter fare status for
childrance, physically handicaped,senior sitizens and other elegible personnals.Thanks a lot

13.
yaaru

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

6 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

Oct 1, 2008
is one eligible to forward journey on first class of mumbai suburban trains if one holds a valid three tier
A/C ticket?

14.
john
Oct 1, 2008
goog job

15.
Sun Java
Oct 1, 2008
The information was very useful 2 me ..
I would like to know whether in Rajdhani Express First A.C has Couple Compartment System
Available

16.
Umesha C R
Oct 1, 2008
its really very good information , but you have not added the Executive chair car in the list.
that will have 2 x 2 seat arrangement. above the AC cc class.

17.
Sridhar
Oct 1, 2008
whats the validity of 2S ticket & its rules, please clarify, please send any link to my mail id

18.
dudeGuy
Oct 1, 2008
http://www.seat61.com/India.htm
The information was copied from this site. copycats..

19.
Praveen Kumar Mohapatra
Oct 1, 2008

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

7 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

GreatThanks 4 d infoliked it very much!!

20.
Praveen Kumar Mohapatra
Oct 1, 2008
Grat Post very useful info!!

21.
neil
Oct 1, 2008
very useful, thank you

22.
Arvind
Oct 1, 2008
thanks for the info.its good.

23.
krbhnp
Oct 1, 2008
Hi I am new to this sitehope someday would help me.i am travelling for the first time on Indian
railways and have booked the ticket from Jhansi to Gorakhpur on AC 2 tier. My ticket is confirmed but
I have no idea about the platform system in the stationHow can i know on which platform is a train
arriving on a station? How are the coaches arranged? are the AC compartments just next to the engine
and are followed by the sleeper class coaches? Please help me

24.
arya
Oct 1, 2008
thanks for all the specific information about everything,was really great help in understanding better
about indian railway

25.
Naveen
Oct 1, 2008
Grat Post. Its really very good information

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

8 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

Comments are closed.

303,474 fans Become a fan


6076 followers Follow us

Recent Posts

[Behind the scenes] Designing Cleartrip for iPhone (Part 2)


[Behind the scenes] Designing Cleartrip for iPhone (Part 1)
The wait is over Cleartrip comes to iOS
The wait ends soon
On farming and product

Cleartrip on Twitter

We're humbled. RT @Satyajeet: My conversation with Dad ! http://t.co/LlTE8y4K


22 hours ago

RT @natgeotraveler: And the 2012 Traveler Photo Contest winners are... http://t.co/4FghLxeC
1 day ago

@pritesh1357 We are sorry for the delay. We have replied to your email. Please check.
1 day ago

@pankilS We are sorry for that. We shall check and reply you soon on this.
1 day ago

Follow @Cleartrip

6,076 followers

About Cleartrip

Cleartrip is dedicated to making travel simple. But it's hard to make things easy, so we've put together an
experienced team with oodles of global experience in travel and ecommerce. Cleartrippers come in all shapes
and sizes; and we're all passionate about just one thing Making travel simple. more...
Our products

Flights
Search & Book domestic & International Flights
Check Flight Status
Print E-Tickets
Hotels

8/18/2012 11:13 AM

Indian Railways fare classes explained

9 of 9

http://blog.cleartrip.com/2008/10/01/indian-railways-fare-classes-explained/

Find hotels in worldwide destinations


Hotel directory
India hotels
Trains
Search Indian Railways & IRCTC trains
Trains Calendar
Trains PNR Status
Airfare Calendar
View cheapest Airfares for a whole month
Airfare Graphs
Compare fares between airlines
Cleartrip Mobile
Book tickets on the go. and more...

Cleartrip Home
About Cleartrip
Support
Terms of use
Security
Privacy Policy

Other tools:
Cheap air tickets
Flight tickets
Flight Status
India Hotels
IRCTC Railway Reservation
Indian Railways PNR Status
Cheap Domestic Air Tickets
Domestic Flights
Domestic Airlines in India
International Air Tickets
International Flights
International Airlines
Travel guide
2006-2012 Cleartrip Travel Services Private Limited

8/18/2012 11:13 AM