From the article: Classes of Accommodations on Indian Railways Trains
Have you traveled on Indian railways? What was your journey like? What class of travel did you find to be the best or worst? About.com readers share their experiences on Indian railways here. Share Your Experience
- I hope A1 is for 2-tier A/C, B1 is for 3-tier A/C. What about 1A class? What would be the coach code for 1A?
- —Guest Urvesh Shah
- I have always taken first class a/c sleeper trains in India. Once inside the cabin, the door is locked from inside. Never had a problem on the trains. There is always a foreigner quota for these cabins. If you are a serniour, there is also a 40% ticket discount.
- —Guest mr martin
- Thankyou for explaning railway classis in detail. I also wanted to say that sc & sleeping class is notjust for poor people,its enjoyebal jurney.i enjoye it.
- —Guest bhavna
9 choices but only 5 explained - Lazy?
- The IRCTC lists 9 reserved classes; 1A,FC,2A,3A,3E,CC,SL,2S Plus there are unreserved seats. An incomplete explanation is a poor one....
- —Guest Dave
- whether i can sleep in my reserved sleeper berth after 6am in the morning...?? Becuase i got a experience where i got a middle berth ticket for my journey and other passengers who entering to sleeper coach with a open ticket which is not reservd telling , i cant use my reserved sleeper berth for sleeping after 6 am in the morning....can any one pls gave the repy for this doubt. Answer: Technically you can't. Middle berths need to be folded up so that passengers can sit on the lower berth during the day. However, people with unreserved tickets shouldn't be in the reserved compartments.
- —Guest bbn
First (FC) non a/c class
- Why this class was not listed? yes, it is rare, but it is a very good value.... privacy and spaciousness of 1AC, but for the price somewhere between 2AC and 3AC (welll, and cleanliness just a bit better than SL, but it's ok considering what you pay). When I'm in India, I prefer to use SL (unless it's April-May when 2,5x higher price for same-berth-configuration 3AC could be justified), but if there's FC car in the train I want to use, I'd choose it Also, the article did not mention premium seating classes - specifically, AC Chair Car and Executive Chair Car (never tried the latter, however, as well as 1AC) And yes, general (2nd) class is definitely not only for poor. After all, for a short commuter trip outside of rush hour, or for a few hours intercity day trip it's very useful. And yes, when all reserved tickets were already booked, it's the only choice left.
- —Guest Dmitry
- i usually travelled in SL, i din't find such issues.these issues arise only in festive season.only drawback is uncleaned washrooms. If you want to see real INDIA.. go in general class.. which lower class travell.
- —Guest ambresh
- THANKS FOR EXPLAINING IT AND I BETTER IF U EXPLAIN ABOUT TICKETS ALSO
- —Guest ANIL
- Thanks!! for the clear description! Thank you!!I can understood clearly about the all classes of train .It's very informative
- —Guest Bobby
- Thanks a lot to bring about a clarity in my knowledge about classes in train.
- —Guest Nitin
depends on circumstances
- As a single woman, if I'm traveling on an overnight train, I prefer to go first class, if possible. Since I'm over 60, train tickets (except Tatkal) are half price, making it easier to justify the luxury. 1A is more secure and more comfortable. It's also good for larger people as the berths are longer and wider. For longer day trips when I'm alone, I like to opt for a side berth in 2A for privacy, but these are suitable only for people under 5'6" as they are shorter than the other berths. 3A is OK in a pinch, but I dislike the lack of privacy or the cramped conditions. I don't recommend second class or sleeper for women alone on overnight trains, though for shorter daytime journeys when the weather is nice and the train isn't too crowded, it's a delight to ride with the windows open. As Tom mentioned, it's not only poorer people who go second class or sleeper—you can meet up with anyone there. But the lower the class, the more careful you have to be.
- Its a wrong notion that only poor people travel in second class. Well I am working as Marketing head in a company and many times i travel in that.
- —Guest Tom
- travelled many a times......got to knw da knitty gritty so late...thanks!
- —Guest sunil
- thanks for explaining the classes in train with picture. we understood easily.
- —Guest Giri
- It is a very wrong notion that only the poorest indian citizens travel by the second class.......
- —Guest Sumana Chatterjee Podder
- Anyone who values their privacy should travel in an upper side berth in 2AC. The curtains there are such a blessing, and you don't have to share a compartment with anyone.
- —Guest kismet