AC First or AC Chair class?

#1 Jul 22nd, 2010, 07:26
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I am sorry to start yet another thread in this section but the railways section has just gotten so huge I can't find my answer in here.

I'll be taking the Dehradun Shatabdi train from Delhi to Haridwar in the morning (in a few months from now).

Its about a 4.5 hour train ride and my options are "AC First Class" and "AC Chair Class."

Is my understanding correct that the 'AC First' option is a private berth with either 2 or 4 beds and the 'chair class' is a train car with big seats?

What option should I choose for this trip? Money is not an issue for this quick journey.

I'd like to be comfortable - is a private berth more comfortable than a seat? The pictures I've seen online seem perfectly nice for both options.

Any preferences? Why?

I'm a woman and will be traveling alone if that's a factor...

Thanks

EDIT - after some more searching, now I see that on Shatabdi trains, there are no sleeping berths and that "AC First" really means "AC Executive Chair."

Is that correct?

Already the confusion of all-things-India begins!
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If money is no object - AC 1st. Rest of it is immaterial.
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Oh. Ok.

I didn't realize train travel in India was that cut and dry...

I had thought I'd prefer to be in a chair in a big area than on a bench in a small berth but it seems there are no berths anyway...
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EDIT - after some more searching, now I see that on Shatabdi trains, there are no sleeping berths and that "AC First" really means "AC Executive Chair."

Is that correct?
Yes.

Executive Class seats are bigger and there are fewer seats compared to Economy class. There was a time when Executive Class had beds, not anymore.
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Great. Thanks!
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Executive Class seats are bigger and there are fewer seats compared to Economy class. There was a time when Executive Class had beds, not anymore.
AC 1st. still has/had sleep bed in major trains.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post AC 1st. still has/had sleep bed in major trains.
True, but the OP is asking about Shatabdi Express.
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My friend and I am going from Bangalore to Chennai on the Shatabdi Exp. dep 5:27 am. Is 1AC better -- that is, more comfortable than the ECC on this train? I thought that since it is during the day a chair type seat might actually be more comfortable than a first class bench seat. I'd appreciate your viewpoints, as this is my first trip to India.

Also, I have to book through Cleartrip. If we decide to go ECC, the site asks for seat selection. I would want 1 window seat, plus the seat next to it. If I select "window" for one person, should I then select "no choice" for the other person? Note: "window" and "no choice" are the only choices the website permits.
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Originally Posted by deb123 View Post My friend and I am going from Bangalore to Chennai on the Shatabdi Exp. dep 5:27 am. Is 1AC better -- that is, more comfortable than the ECC on this train? I thought that since it is during the day a chair type seat might actually be more comfortable than a first class bench seat. I'd appreciate your viewpoints, as this is my first trip to India.

Also, I have to book through Cleartrip. If we decide to go ECC, the site asks for seat selection. I would want 1 window seat, plus the seat next to it. If I select "window" for one person, should I then select "no choice" for the other person? Note: "window" and "no choice" are the only choices the website permits.
If money is no object, I would suggest 1A anytime simply for the convenience of being able to lie down and take a quick nap if the mood strikes. The rocking motion of Indian trains tends to make you want to do that a lot ! :-)
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Originally Posted by deb123 View Post My friend and I am going from Bangalore to Chennai on the Shatabdi Exp. dep 5:27 am. Is 1AC better -- that is, more comfortable than the ECC on this train? I thought that since it is during the day a chair type seat might actually be more comfortable than a first class bench seat. I'd appreciate your viewpoints, as this is my first trip to India.

Also, I have to book through Cleartrip. If we decide to go ECC, the site asks for seat selection. I would want 1 window seat, plus the seat next to it. If I select "window" for one person, should I then select "no choice" for the other person? Note: "window" and "no choice" are the only choices the website permits.

Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi has only two classes of seats - AC Chair Car and Executive chair car. The ECC appears as 1 AC on websites. Difference will be in the leg space, number of seats to a row (2+3 in Chair car and 2+2 in ECC) and foldable armrests in ECC vs. Fixed in Chair car).

Oh, you will get cornflakes additionally for breakfast in ECC, and the carriage is usually right behind the engine.
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[QUOTE=n_siva;1070742]Bangalore-Chennai Shatabdi has only two classes of seats - AC Chair Car and Executive chair car. The ECC appears as 1 AC on websites. Difference will be in the leg space, number of seats to a row (2+3 in Chair car and 2+2 in ECC) and foldable armrests in ECC vs. Fixed in Chair car).

Thank you so much. I thought the 1 AC was for a berth on this train. You've clarified that.

So for seat selection, in order to get 2 people together, do I ask for one window/one aisle? or will they automatically put 2 people together?
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Originally Posted by deb123 View Post So for seat selection, in order to get 2 people together, do I ask for one window/one aisle? or will they automatically put 2 people together?
##You ask for One Window and One Aisle. Subject to availability, your 'option' might get accepted.

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