Train from Delhi to Agra

#1 Jun 21st, 2016, 11:25
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I am travelling with my family in July from Delhi to Agra. Can anyone recommend a particular train, type of seat. We would like to travel overnight. can we book in advance on line?
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It is a journey of maximum 4 hours. Does not make sense to do an overnight travel.

Check www.irctc.co.in for booking tickets.
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as per this list there are at least 129 trains between Delhi and Agra Cantt.

You may select anyone as per your convenience.
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Is there a significant difference in comfort level between 2A and 1A/EC on the Delhi-Agra trains? This will be my first experience with trains in India, so I want to kind of ease into it. The Gatimaan Express leaves a little early, but if it's a much nicer ride than some of the slower trains, I might go for it.
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Of course 1AC is more luxurious and you can close the door of your 2 or 4 person compartment.
But 2AC is fine, we always use that for overnight travel.
See this article for some details A Guide to the India Railway System and the Indian Train
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Originally Posted by Zinsu View Post Is there a significant difference in comfort level between 2A and 1A/EC on the Delhi-Agra trains? This will be my first experience with trains in India, so I want to kind of ease into it. The Gatimaan Express leaves a little early, but if it's a much nicer ride than some of the slower trains, I might go for it.
The Gatimaan Express is a Shatabdi (superfast train). It does not have either the 2A or 1A classes you are asking about. It has chair card and executive (which is like economy and first class on planes, both are chairs).

It you are tall, the chair cars are quite cramped, go for Ex if you can afford it.

While you can book 2A or 1A sleeper classes for daytime trips if offered, there is no particular reason to do so. Faster and more elite trains such as the Shatabdis & Rajdhanis are generally more modern, sometimes cleaner, generally more punctual, etc. 1 hr 40 min (Gatimaan) is very nice. For later departures you could take the Hazrat-Chennai Rajdhani, which only has sleeper accomodation but is a superfast train (doesn't run daily though).
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post The Gatimaan Express is a Shatabdi (superfast train). It does not have either the 2A or 1A classes you are asking about. It has chair card and executive (which is like economy and first class on planes, both are chairs).

It you are tall, the chair cars are quite cramped, go for Ex if you can afford it.

While you can book 2A or 1A sleeper classes for daytime trips if offered, there is no particular reason to do so. Faster and more elite trains such as the Shatabdis & Rajdhanis are generally more modern, sometimes cleaner, generally more punctual, etc. 1 hr 40 min (Gatimaan) is very nice. For later departures you could take the Hazrat-Chennai Rajdhani, which only has sleeper accomodation but is a superfast train (doesn't run daily though).
Thanks very much. There are loads of trains so it's a bit overwhelming. Does the 2A vary from train to train (i.e., is the Kerala Express any nicer than, say, the Goa Express)? Honestly, I'm just going to be staring out the window and/or reading anyway, but cleanliness is a bit of a factor for me.
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Originally Posted by Zinsu View Post Thanks very much. There are loads of trains so it's a bit overwhelming. Does the 2A vary from train to train (i.e., is the Kerala Express any nicer than, say, the Goa Express)? Honestly, I'm just going to be staring out the window and/or reading anyway, but cleanliness is a bit of a factor for me.
Given how short the trip is... Think of a Amtrak ride from New York to Baltimore... It does not really matter, as long as you pick up one of the faster trains. The 2 AC car is clean for the most part, esp on trains starting from Delhi... No worse than Amtrak, and perhaps faster. Btw, I found the Delhi metro far better than the NYC subway..
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Originally Posted by Boston123 View Post Given how short the trip is... Think of a Amtrak ride from New York to Baltimore... It does not really matter, as long as you pick up one of the faster trains. The 2 AC car is clean for the most part, esp on trains starting from Delhi... No worse than Amtrak, and perhaps faster. Btw, I found the Delhi metro far better than the NYC subway..
Thank you, the Amtrak analogy is very helpful.
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Originally Posted by Zinsu View Post Does the 2A vary from train to train (i.e., is the Kerala Express any nicer than, say, the Goa Express)? Honestly, I'm just going to be staring out the window and/or reading anyway, but cleanliness is a bit of a factor for me.
I don't know about these specific trains, but in general slower trains use older rolling stock and so the interiors will be worn and show an accumulation of fossilized dirt. The Gatimaan, on the other hand, will be shiny new, although still imperfectly cleaned.

But if you are so concerned about cleanliness, you might want to cancel your trip to India. You will encounter a lot of dirt in India.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post I don't know about these specific trains, but in general slower trains use older rolling stock and so the interiors will be worn and show an accumulation of fossilized dirt. The Gatimaan, on the other hand, will be shiny new, although still imperfectly cleaned.

But if you are so concerned about cleanliness, you might want to cancel your trip to India. You will encounter a lot of dirt in India.
Ha, I've been there before, so I know. Thanks!

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