Another website for train fare search

#1 Jan 16th, 2008, 15:22
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Hi IMers,

Rediff has launched train fare search in collaboration with Indian Railways. I am giving you the link here under, which i guess flexible to use. I typed "ban" (for bangalore) in the from field and it gave the list of all railway stations in India with the word "ban" and similarly for chennai "che". It also has two other fields date of travel and class of travel. After inputing the data, it will give the list of all trains in this case between bangalore and chennai. It displays the name of the train which is also a link (if click on the train name, it shows the number of stops in between), arrival time and departure time, links to check availablity and route. It displays the number of trains according to class of travel selected and fare for that class of travel. If class of travel is selected as "any", it displays all those trains plying between bangalore and chennai.


http://indian-railways.rediff.com/index.php


And the other railways info is passengers can get wait listed tickets through e-ticket system in the coming days. Plz see the link.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/2686305.cms

Delhi Metro registers 26% increase in ridership

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/2678867.cms

And Delhi Metro is the first in the world to get UN's Green List

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/2675292.cms
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Just done a quick dozen searches, searches on routes that I know cause problems for non-Indian Railway search websites*, this rediff website got 0/12 correct, it was so bad that I eventually done a Mumbai Central - New Delhi search to see if the website was working. (it was)

* I think the problems usually are down to the info the Indian Railway server gives out, other rail search engines use filters to overcome most of the problems, rediff will learn slowly, strangely, the info is always correct on the Indian Railway website.
#3 Jan 17th, 2008, 15:37
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Hi Steven,
You will have to be one of the most informed when it comes to Indian railways and Indian travel. Comes across from your previous posts as well. Could you let me know some of the sectors that you searched for. I know there are slip routes that cause problems across all "Non Indian railways" search engines.
Last edited by indranilgupta; Jan 17th, 2008 at 18:16.. Reason: The yawn was by mistake
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Originally Posted by indranilgupta View Post Hi Steven,
You will have to be one of the most informed when it comes to Indian railways and Indian travel. Comes across from your previous posts as well.
I've just done a lot of searches over the years and can view things from a tourist's point of view.

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Could you let me know some of the sectors that you searched for. I know there are slip routes that cause problems across all "Non Indian railways" search engines.
First things first, there are some very good train search websites around these days, so if Rediff haven’t got someone who totally understands Indian Railways (and most importantly, the routes), they really should forget the idea of having a train search option.

http://www.erail.in/ for example, is a first class website run by a man who understands the railways and knows what the users of his website want, and I know he will keep on improving the website.

Searches I tried: - (mostly Sleeper Class and All class)

Hospet - Kolkata (not Howrah) (no trains listed)
Hospet - Howrah (no trains listed)
Hyderabad - Bhadrachalam Rd (no trains listed)
Secunderabad Jn - Bhadrachalam Rd (no trains listed)
Tirupati - Narasapur (no trains listed)
New Delhi - Agra Fort (Agra Cant trains not listed)
Pathankot - Rishikesh (Chakki Bank train not listed)
Delhi - Bikaner (no trains listed)
Margherita - Guwahati (no trains listed)
Kacheguda - Madgaon (no trains listed)
Ahmadnagar - Hubli (train missing)
Chhindwara Jn - Hoshangabad (no trains listed)


All the above should have got results, I am aware of those trains that don't run daily and I checked different dates for those trains.

On the plus side, I got a result for Vishakhapatnam - Jagdalpur, even Indian Railways didn't give a result for this recently. (it does now)

The following is a insult to users, the same reason was given every time the website made a mistake, it is misleading and lazy and will have users thinking there are no trains on their selected route.

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Sorry!

No results found for your search query. Try changing "Class" above.
Train classes

Considering that many people will search using 'All' class, I just done an 'All' class search for Varanasi to Hoshangabad, I then checked the route and train details (same), then checked for availability, I was shown the availability for 3A and SL, (this suggests the default class is 3A), this would tell a user that these are the only classes available, there was no indication in any part of the search that this train has 2A. (it does).

An availability search will nearly always only show 2 classes, so the above issue needs to be looked at.
Last edited by steven_ber; Jan 18th, 2008 at 01:52.. Reason: Adding train classes comments
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Just come across this, hope useful to IMers.

http://www.makemytrip.co.in/makemytr...tours/home.jsp

Click on the links provided in the website for rail tours (discover india tour packages) offered by makemytrip.co.in

yatra.com also offers rail holiday packages.
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Originally Posted by Epicure View Post Click on the links provided in the website for rail tours (discover india tour packages)
Wow. Didn't know this existed. From a quick first glance, those look like very nice tours and incredibly affordable for all you get. Could be a very good option for first-timers who are not sure about their itineraries and pressed for time really. And for others, both Indian and foreign, for that matter.
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even yatra.com has got certain links for rail holiday packages whic i feel certainly meets the travel requirements

http://www.yatra.com/package_itinera...promotion.html

If anybody clicks on the above link, in the middle of the web page, they come across the line "No Results Found matchin to your criteria " as i copied only half the URL. Ignore this message and on top left of the screen, there is a section "SELECT ORIGIN CITY" and under that the city names viz., Ahmedabad,bangalore etc etc. Click on the city name to view the rail holiday package starting from that particular city.

If anyone finding it difficult in planning the itinerary through http://www.railtourismindia.com/ (which is another website of indian railways), the websites i mentioned (makemytrip.co.in and yatra.com) will be very useful, especially for foreigners.
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As far as I'm aware, makemytrip will very soon (or maybe already) allow direct booking of rail tours THROUGH the Indian Railway website, Yatra will not be able to do this as IR have only been negotiating with MMT.

The last I read about the MMT-IR tie up, is that everything had been agreed and they were just adjusting software to allow MMT customers direct booking, this was only a few days ago.
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Originally Posted by Epicure View Post Just come across this, hope useful to IMers.

http://www.makemytrip.co.in/makemytr...tours/home.jsp

Click on the links provided in the website for rail tours (discover india tour packages) offered by makemytrip.co.in

yatra.com also offers rail holiday packages.
Has anyone taken this tour from Indian Railways... How good are these tour..
#10 Jan 25th, 2008, 18:28
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post First things first, there are some very good train search websites around these days, so if Rediff haven’t got someone who totally understands Indian Railways (and most importantly, the routes), they really should forget the idea of having a train search option.
Steve is right, as usual.
The Rediff utility simply links to the official railways website, so one can go there directly instead of thru Rediff.

http://www.erail.in/ has a great user interface.
Seraching routes and travel time is convenient on www.indiagroove.com
Last edited by machadinha; Jan 25th, 2008 at 18:30.. Reason: fixed quote

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