GUIDE TO INDIAN RAILWAYS TRAINS AND CLASSES

 

AREAS of Railways
 


Within the graph here are all Indian Railways areas, including the dimension of the area as a whole train duration, rules, headquarter stop, and also their titles.

Note: The areas you travel through through your journey don't affect your pnr status.

ZONE CODE CENTRAL ST. KMS
1 Southern SR Chennai 5098
2 Central CR Mumbai 3905
3 Western WR Mumbai 6182
4 Eastern ER Kolkata 2414
5 Northern NR Delhi 6968
6 North Eastern NER Gorakhpur 3667
7 South Eastern SER Kolkata 2631
8 Northeast Frontier NFR Maligaon 3907
9 South Central SCR Secunderabad 5951
10 East Central ECR Hajipur 3628
11 North Western NWR Jaipur 5459
12 East Coast ECoR Bhubaneswar 2677
13 North Central NCR Allahabad 3151
14 South East Central SECR Bilaspur 2447
15 South Western SWR Hubli 3177
16 West Central WCR Jabalpur 2965

Types of Indian Railways trains

When booking your journey, you may choose from the following Indian Railways train types. Trains are classified by the average speed during their journey. In the chart below, the trains are sorted from the fastest to the slowest.

Note: The type of your train is not stated on your pnr status.

# TYPE NOTES
1 Duronto Express The fastest non-stop trains connecting major state capitals of India. Classes available: first AC, two-tier AC and three-tier AC. Some Duronto Trains also provide a Sleeper Class
2 Rajdhani Express AC trains between major cities and New Delhi. One of the fastest trains with limited stops.
3 AC SF Express AC trains between major Indian cities. One of the fastest trains with limited stops.
4 AC Express AC trains between major Indian cities. One of the fastest trains with limited stops.
5 Double Decker Express AC double-decker trains between major Indian cities. One of the fastest trains with limited stops.
6 Shatabdi Express The fastest Indian trains. Traveling only during the daytime and providing only AC class seats.
7 Yuva Express Similar to Duronto. In service only between Delhi to Howrah and Delhi to Mumbai.
8 Garib Rath Fully AC trains with a maximum speed of 130 km/h.
9 Jan Shatabdi Express Has AC and non-AC classes and is an economy alternative to Shatabdi trains.
10 Sampark Kranti Express Extra-fast trains linking major cities with New Delhi. Have higher priority than Mail trains.
11 Intercity Superfast Express/Mail Trains with higher average speed.
12 Kavi Guru Express Express trains named after Ravindra Nath Tagore.
13 Vivek Express The longest route trains in India
14 Rajya Rani Express Connecting capital cities with bigger cities in their corresponding state.
15 Express Faster trains with fewer stops (only in larger stations).
16 Passenger and Fast Passenger Slow trains that stop at all stations (Passenger Trains) or almost all stations (Fast Passenger Trains). Most of them provide only unreserved seats.
17 Suburban trains Trains in service in urban areas of the following cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Hyderabad.
18 Metro Train for city passenger service.
18 Tourist Trains Special Luxurious tourist trains linking major tourist spots in India.

Accommodation Classes

Kinds of Indian Railways trains

When reserving your journey, you may select from these Indian Railways train kinds. Trains are classified by the typical rate during their journey. In the graph below, the trains are sorted in the fastest to the slowest.

Note: The kind of your train isn't said on your pnr status.

Accommodation Classes description

Class Code Description Rs,- approx
100 km 500 km 1500 km
AC First (1A) The top class on Indian Railways trains. There is a choice of 2 cabins with lockable doors: 2-berth and 4-berth. Bed sheets with blankets are included. This is the most expensive class. Rs 550 Rs 1610 Rs 4200
AC 2 Tier (2A) Mostly the same as AC First (1A), only the cabins are separated from the aisle by a curtain. Rs 320 Rs 785 Rs 1610
AC 3 Tier (3A) Just like AC 2 Tier (2A), but with an additional middle berth, so there are 6 beds in a cabins. Rs 230 Rs 585 Rs 1165
AC 3 Tier Economy (3E) This class is only provided on Garib Rath Expresses and some Duronto Expresses. It is similar to AC 3 Tier (3A), but with 3 beds along the aisle, hence being called AC3 Economy.
First Class (FC) This could be described as the traditional top class of Indian Railways. The beds and cabins are arranged in the same way as in AC First (1A) but there is a significant difference: no air-conditioning, no sheets, and no blankets.
Sleeper Class (SL) The most common class on Indian Railways trains. It is very affordable and provides reasonable comfort. Most passengers use this class on long-distance trains every day. There are 8 berths in one compartment section, arranged with 3-tier compartments and 2 berths along the aisle. Rs 120 Rs 215 Rs 425
AC Executive Chair Car (XC) Only provided on daytime Shatabdi trains. Includes very comfortable extra-wide seats.
AC Chair Car (CC) Similar to X, seats have a standard width. Rs 180 Rs 325 Rs 640
Second Class Chair Car (2S) Common class for daytime intercity routes. These coaches tend to get very crowded, so whether or not you have a reservation, you will likely be sharing your space with many fellow passengers.
General compartments (GS) Unreserved, this is the hardcore travel class furnished only with simple wooden benches. It´s always packed with lots of people. For longer distances, you should consider this only as a last resort and book at least 2S or SL.

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When can I reserve a Tatkal ticket?


As all of US understand, Tatkal booking is becoming incredibly hard these days particularly after new upgrade to Tatkal scheme states.
Allowing Indian Railways IRCTC: “Tatkal E ticket can be reserved for chosen trains one day beforehand excluding the date of journey from the train originating station. It can be reserved on the launch day from 10:00 AM onwards. e .g. if train is to depart from originating station on 2nd August, Tatkal Booking will Commence at 10:00 AM on 1st August.”

The trouble is that at 10:00 AM all the IRCTC servers get jammed with a number of customers attempting to reserve a ticket. Even to login to the IRCTC reservation system is a challenge currently. If you manage to login, than being successful in making a booking is a question of rapid filling of the passenger detail form.

Well that is when Autofill tool comes easy.
To use it you must see an IRCTC site in advance – anytime, say in the evening beyond rush hours. Simply make a test booking with one goal of getting to the passenger details page. Once you get there, you fill your entire detail you mean to use afterwards for the Tatkal ticket. Use the Autofill tool and after (at 10:00 am) use it again for superb speedy conclusion of booking. The tool will go on to automatically fill all the details needed in only one click, so you don't squander your precious time by typing in those areas.

Here is a simple detailed guide on the best way to use Autofill.

1. Fill all of your details
2. Click the “I´m feeling blessed button”
3. New blue button “Magic Autofill” appears
4. Drag this “Magic Autofill” button in your bookmarks
5. Delay until 8:00am for TATKAL ticket booking
6. Do your wanted train search, when on PASSENGER detail display simply click your “Magic Autofill” bookmark to immediately fill all fields in the form
7. Go to payment at the IRCTC payment gate
8. Good luck

The IRCTC reservation web site encounters traffic jam daily at 10:00 am and can get quite slow during Tatkal booking, so be patient and don´t double click or click the backspace because this would log you away. Just in case you get a“Service Unavailable” message, simply refresh the page. Hopefully IRCTC reservation system will update its hardware so it can manage peak hours traffic.
Autofill tool will surely allow you to make a Tatkal booking because when on the booking page it's a matter of seconds to finalize a booking.