Dorms & Rooms for Railway Passengers

#1 Feb 8th, 2012, 22:05
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  • Rosewood is offline
Dear friends,
I would like to invite to share valuable informations and experiences from getting a room facility available in important train stations.

Here, i would appreciate if anyone can offer me the information on dormitory/room facility available in Chennai Egmore junction. Thanks in advance.
#2 Feb 11th, 2012, 23:09
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  • indracal is offline



Though I've never been to Chennai or Egmore Jn for that matter, but a bit of google showed the websites given below. Both are Indian Railways' website, but it is possible that the information is outdated (at least in The information shows 6 Dorm beds - while the SR website shows 28 beds!

Also, as a general rule, it is hard to find retiring room accomodation in big railway stations like Egmore, New Delhi, CST or Howrah etc. owing to sheer volume of passengers.

Southern Railway (SR) Website showing the accomodation:

Hope this helps!
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#3 Feb 12th, 2012, 00:43
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  • machadinha is offline
To agree with Indracal, whenever I've asked about it, at not-so significant stations, too, I've invariably found these retiring rooms full. But, one can always ask... My impression is they usually get booked up by VIP's and the likes.

As far as I know, they can't normally be booked in advance, either (or at least not for us mortal folks). Reports on them vary, from pretty nice to pretty dumpy, sometimes a dorm only. Being at the station, you can expect them to be crazy noisy, of course.

(To the unsuspecting reader, you get waiting rooms alright at stations. What is meant by these retiring rooms are actual hotel-like facilities provided at stations.

A railway or bus station being a station, you'll normally find accommodation right outside of course. Then again in India as elsewhere, never say never, so there may as well be nothing there. But as a rule of thumb, there will be. Staying in the vicinity and with a view to the noise again, it pays to ask about a back room. These may indeed then fetch the higher rate, because of the lesser noise. Airco may likewise drown out outside noise, and of course itself fetches the higher rate.)
#4 Feb 12th, 2012, 01:18
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I have got dormitory accomodation in New Delhi railway station a few times. You should always make an attempt at the counter outside where they allocate rooms. You need to carry your ID, and a xerox of that ID which they will collect.

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