Bangalore-Chennai which is best station to travel from,which train?

#1 Jul 13th, 2012, 13:54
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Dear All,
looking at tickets from Bangalore to Chennai and bit confused..
Which are the best,safest trains( Friday morning, early afternoon-return Sunday afternoon/evening).
Also which of the stations in Bangalore is the best to travel from-best organized?
City Junction?
#2 Jul 16th, 2012, 00:23
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Best is Shatabadi Express. Runs twice everyday from Bangalore to Chennai.

From Bangalore city station (SBC) to Chennai Central (MAS).

Morning: 6:00 am
Evening: 4:30 or 5:30 pm (Don't remember)

It's a chair car. You got two classes of seats there. Both are pretty reasonable fare wise.

You are served food (charges included in fare)in it too.

P.S: Getting ticket in it is a big fight. Book in advance or try and get tatkal. Look in the forum for new Tatkal rles.
#3 Jul 16th, 2012, 19:49
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The city station is the best as you will get plenty of time to board the train. The evening train comes in at 4.25 PM. It stops at Platform 7, with the easiest access via the rear side of the station (&not the bus stand facing one).

The 4.25 PM train doesnt stop at Bangalore Cant. Most of the other trains stop at Bangalore Cant after leaving City station enroute to chennai. Cant. is very convenient if you stay close to the city, and you also avoid the sometime insane traffic near the City station (aka Majestic station). It however can be a problem if you have heavy luggage as trains dont stop for more than 2-3 minutes and you dont always get sufficient luggage space as space is taken up in the City station.
#4 Jul 23rd, 2012, 23:26
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To reiterate what the others have said, if you have not traveled much on the Indian train, stick to getting in and out at Terminus stations. In your case that would be Bangalore City (SBC) and Chennai Central (MAS). For a Friday morning departure, you have these trains to choose from:

Train# Name Type From Dep Time To Arr Time Duration
12028 Bangalore Chennai Sh... Shtb SBC* 06:00 MAS* 11:00 5h 0m 2
12608 Lalbagh Express SF SBC* 06:30 MAS* 12:15 5h 45m 11
12610 Bangalore-Chennai In... SF SBC* 08:00 MAS* 14:30 6h 30m 17
12295 SanghaMitra Express SF SBC* 09:00 MAS 15:05 6h 5m 6
12640 Brindavan Express SF SBC* 15:10 MAS* 21:15 6h 5m 11
12008 Mysore Chennai Shata... Shtb SBC 16:25 MAS* 21:25 5h 0m 0

For a Sunday return, (you were not clear if you want to arrive in B'lore in the evening, or leave Chennai in the evening, so I have included ALL trains) you have these trains to choose from:

Train# Name Type From Dep Time To Arr Time Duration
12007 Chennai-Mysore Shata... Shtb MAS* 06:00 SBC 10:50 4h 50m 0
12639 Brindavan Express SF MAS* 07:50 SBC* 14:00 6h 10m 10
12007 Chennai-Mysore Shata... Shtb MAS* 06:00 SBC 10:50 4h 50m 0
12639 Brindavan Express SF MAS* 07:50 SBC* 14:00 6h 10m 10
12609 Chennai-Bangalore In... SF MAS* 13:35 SBC* 20:05 6h 30m 17
12607 Lalbagh Express SF SWR MAS* 15:35 SBC* 21:35 6h 0m 11
12027 Chennai-Bangalore Sh... Shtb MAS* 17:30 SBC* 22:30 5h 0m 2
16222 Kaveri Express Exp SR MAS* 21:30 SBC 04:10 6h 40m 14
12657 Chennai - Bangalore ... SF MAS* 23:15 SBC* 05:10 5h 55m 6
12296 Sangha Mitra Express SF MAS 13:55 SBC* 20:40 6h 45m 7

Trains in India are usually safe. But, if you want to exercise caution, then go for the highest fare you can afford and pick a train that has the least number of stops.

Just my 2 paise.
#5 Aug 15th, 2012, 21:58
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Stick with the Shatabdi. You will need patience to get through Tatkal, but it is worth it. If you dont mind spending just a little bit more, you can get flight tickets for as much as Rs.2000 with indigo and spicejet. If neither works, you could also try Olivea and their luxury bus service.

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