India by Train

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A Travel Guide For Train Travel In India.

Here you will find information for India about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 1.339 billion

Currency: Indian Rupee

Language: Hindi, English

Capital: New Delhi

Country Code: +91

Time Zone: Indian Standard Time (IST)

Train Companies

Most of the trains in India are operated by the Indian Railways. However, there is a bunch of private rail companies and rail corporations like The Eastern India Rail Company, Highspeed Rail Corporation, Konkan Railway Corporation, and more.

Train Tickets

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Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for India.

TrAIN tYPES

There are several Express Trains serving the rail network in India, all of which should be reserved ahead of time.

  • Shatabdi Express Train
  • Rajdhani Express Train
  • Duronto Express Train

Classes offered: Not all classes are available on all trains.

  • 2nd Class
  • AC Chair (CC)
  • AC Executive Chair (ECC)
  • Air-Conditioned 3-Tier (3AC)
  • Air-Conditioned 2-Tier (2AC)
  • Air-Conditioned 1st Class (1AC)
  • Sleeper Class (SL)

Tips:

  • Make reservations for your seat or berth for any long-distance journey, these fill up quickly.
  • There is a Foreign Tourist Quota which is extra seats available to foreigners; however, in order to access these potential openings on a fully booked train, it is recommended to visit the Tourist Bureau in the city of your departure. 

The Bandhan Express links Calcutta, India, and Khulna to Bangladesh. It runs every week. 

There are several sleeper trains operating in India, and as several routes throughout the country are long journeys, these often provide sleeper wagons.

Deccan Odyssey
Golden Chariot
Maharajas Express
Palace on Wheels
Kalka-Shimla-Railway

Routes

Frequently Travelled Routes In India

National

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Delhi to Calcutta 17:40 Direct Train
Dehli to Agra 2:15 Direct Train
Dehli to Udaipur 13:17 1 Train
Dehli to Varanasi 9:50 2 Train
Dehli to Mumbai 16:50 Direct Train
Mumbai to Calcutta 30:06 1 Train
Mumbai to Bangalore 23:45 Direct Train
Mumbai to Kochi 26:16 1 Train
Varanasi to Calcutta 10:18 2 Train

International

 
From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Calcutta to Dhaka, Bangladesh 10:30 Direct Train
Varanasi to Kathmandu, Nepal 12:51 2 Train, Car & Bus

India travel routes

North India By Train

North India By Train

Main Train Stations

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Calcutta
  • Jaipur
  • Agra
  • Bangalore
  • Varanasi
  • Chennai
  • Nagpur

Train Tours in India

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To India

India is quite a large country therefore having quite the array of climates. The monsoon season is to be avoided as it is uncertain how much the rainfall will affect your trip, trains can be canceled, events can be rescheduled and towns may close down, however, the monsoon season does not affect the mountainous northern region of India.

A visit to the south is best from October to February as the temperatures are not yet scorching and not too humid. October and November are great months to enjoy Diwali, the Festival of Lights, or in March the extremely fun and colorful Holi Festival.

Whilst in India there is plenty to do and you will never be bored or under-stimulated, we can promise you that. You can make a visit to the world-renowned Taj Mahal, take a yoga class, visit a spice plantation, stop by a 500-year-old Tikse Monastery in Ladakh, or even spot a tiger. You can learn about the pilgrimage of Hindus to the holy city of Varanasi, sleep in the desert in Rajasthan, enjoy a beach holiday in Goa or hike in Kerala’s Western Ghats. India is truly a place you won’t forget.

  • High Season: November – March (for most of the country), April – September (for the mountainous regions)
  • Low Season: May – September
  • Monsoon Season: July – September
  • Dry Season: October – April

 

Accommodations In India

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