Train Travel with children Delhi-Bangalore

#1 Jun 26th, 2010, 00:42
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I will be travelling from Delhi to Bangalore with my husband and 3 children in August. We have booked 4 seats in AC 1, as that is the maximum per compartment and we want to travel together. Our youngest child can then share a seat/berth with one of us.
However, I believe that only children up to the age of 5 are allowed to travel without a valid ticket, and my youngest has just turned 6.
Does anybody know whether this might be a problem? Will age be checked on board the train? Will we need an extra ticket even though we don't need an extra seat?
#2 Jun 28th, 2010, 13:00
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Have a logical think about this.

Trains on the main routes almost always end up with waitlists in all classes, too many people for the train, now lets say that just you and your husband book 2 tickets in First AC, and you're given 2 berths in a 4 berth compartment, the 2 men opposite you in the compartment also have a friend traveling, but he only holds a waitlisted ticket, so would you be OK if the 3rd man shared the compartment for 2 full nights and a full day? I know I wouldn't be happy with this situation.

The above is an example of the logic used when writing rules, always think of a worst case scenario.

Applying rules is a different matter though, and there is a way you can do this, but you MUST buy a ticket for the 5th person (child), but I can see a complication already, will Indian Railways sell a ticket to a 6 year old traveling alone? OK, we know that the 6 year old isn't traveling alone, but there's no way to indicate this when booking online, though the staff at IRCTC are normally helpful when you send an email, so if the booking doesn't go through, do contact them and explain.

As long as you hold 4 confirmed tickets, and 1 confirmed (or waitlisted) ticket, then if you can get the 4 confirmed ticket holders into a single 4-berth cabin, then you'll be allowed the 5th person in with you.

When you buy this extra ticket, don't worry if it's a waitlisted ticket (WL02 for example), it doesn't matter, still buy that ticket.

A major problem you have is, Indian Railways don't always use logic when allocating cabins/coupes, there is a member of Indiamike who booked 1AC with his children, he was the first to book, so was astonished to find that his group of 4 were separated into a coupe and a cabin.

The way to avoid this, and to get all your group into the same cabin, is to go to your boarding station at least a day before the train departs, go to the reservation office and find the reservation supervisor, explain your situation, and tell him you want a 4 berth cabin for your group, if he says "no problem", then explain that you really do want a 4 berth cabin and that you wish to make an official request, you may have to go to another office, and you will have to complete an official request form, and give your reasons, this sounds complicated, but it isn't, even if it is a little time consuming, but it wall be worth it, it's a long journey.

"No problem" can often be an easy way to get you out of the office, then you turn up for the train and find that it wasn't a problem for him as he didn't actually do anything, and it's then too late.
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#3 Jun 28th, 2010, 13:58
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Firstly Delhi to Bangalore would be a long long journey. I am not sure why you have chosen such a long journey. The fare of 1st AC in trains are almost similar to the air fares for such long routes. Anyway children below 12 pay half the price for a ticket on routes over 200km. I am not sure if you have booked your tickets through IRCTC website because if you have done so you are supposed to show some kind of identification. Anyway considering this its always worth booking that extra ticket at 50% rather that face the hassle of travelling in such a long route. The problem that I can forsee is that since its a long route, your ticket would be checked multiple times by multiple travelling ticket examiners (TTE) across different legs of your journey. It would be hard to explain the same reasons to everyone who checks your ticket. Why dont you try the flight instead?

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#4 Jun 28th, 2010, 14:48
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Thanks guys.
This is more or less what I was afraid would be the answer. And of course, by now all the tickets have sold out so we're going to have to get on the waiting list.
Great advice, I more or less know what to do now.

# Indro: we prefer the experience of a monstrously long train ride over the smooth flight. But maybe we are being a bit naieve...?
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No worries about the wait list. Anyhow you have made up your mind about your little one sharing the seat. So even with the wait list I see no reason the TTE would have any problems whatsoever. Wish you all the best with your travel in India.
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We too like train rides because you get a see a lot of scenery (and also because in the US it makes no sense to travel by train outside really short distances). If you buy an e-ticket online it will automatically get cancelled if there is no confirmed seat so you would be essentially ticketless. You thus have to either buy a paper ticket or buy a ticket just before the journey commences. Children under 12 are half price so although 1AC train may be more expensive for adults it should be cheaper for kids. (Bangalore Delhi is actually cheaper by air than 1st AC)

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Originally Posted by roosvb View Post Thanks guys.
This is more or less what I was afraid would be the answer. And of course, by now all the tickets have sold out so we're going to have to get on the waiting list.
Great advice, I more or less know what to do now.

# Indro: we prefer the experience of a monstrously long train ride over the smooth flight. But maybe we are being a bit naieve...?

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