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#1 Jul 28th, 2008, 17:39
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Whats the difference between 1AC - 2AC and 3AC

I've only travelled on Sleeper class before. But this time we don't mind spending the extra costs for having our own compartment. At least on the really long rides.
#2 Jul 28th, 2008, 18:29
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Originally Posted by My friend Goo View Post Whats the difference between 1AC - 2AC and 3AC

I've only travelled on Sleeper class before. But this time we don't mind spending the extra costs for having our own compartment. At least on the really long rides.
I'll try to explain as much as possible with what you are familiar.

1. sleeper class has 3+3 berths in the main coupe and 2 by the side , making a total of 8 , right ?. Imagine the whole set up is airconditioned . this is 3AC or otherwise called 3 tier AC.

2. Imagine only 2+2 berths in the main coupe and 2 side berths within the same space , then it is 2 AC or 2 tier AC. this means there is more space between berths and also for some privacy by way of cutains besides the berths .

3. first AC is a similar set up of 2+2 but with 40% , approx, more space within coupe , doors for privacy , no side berths . sometimes close to or equivalent to low cost airfares !
#3 Jul 28th, 2008, 18:45
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Not many trains has the first AC i've noticed.

There's not much difference from second AC to third AC, and even less fromthird AC to sleeper
#4 Jul 28th, 2008, 19:02
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Originally Posted by My friend Goo View Post Not many trains has the first AC i've noticed.

There's not much difference from second AC to third AC, and even less fromthird AC to sleeper
Yes. first AC is only on the popular or high density traffic sectors , usually overnight or long distance trains .

third AC gets filled up faster than other classes as the difference with sleeper is not much for the comfort of AC .
#5 Jul 28th, 2008, 19:03
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2AC is quieter than 3AC because there are less people there - you also have curtains to divide off each compartment, including the 2 berths (upper and lower) at the sides. In 2AC you are supplied with sheets, pillow, and blanket. I think the same for 3AC? (I'm not sure about this)
1AC has slightly wider berths - in my opinion more comfortable mattress. There is also a small washbasin in the coupe - a compartment with locking door as previously mentioned. It's the quietest of all, because even less people, and at night time most lock their doors.
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#6 Jul 28th, 2008, 22:43
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3-tier air con seems much cleaner and less crowded that Sleeper Class, and it is, and for reasons that aren't immedietly obvious.

In both Sleeper Class and 3-tier air con you have 6 'inside' berths and 2 side berths, this makes 1 section of 8, Sleeper Class has 9 sections, 3-tier air con only has 8 sections, that's why the side berths are longer in 3A.

Sleeper Class has at least 12 RAC seats (6 X side lower berths)

(a side lower berth is kept as 2 seats for 2 RAC ticket holders, if there's any last minute cancellations, or any quota allocations remain unsold, an RAC ticket holder is given the empty berth, the other RAC ticket holder can then convert the 2 seats into a berth.)

3-tier air con has only 8 RAC seats (2-tier air con has only 4).

Sleeper Class also gets more 'ticketless travellers' then air con.

2-tier air con seems even less crowded that 3-tier air con, but 3-tier air con is more likely to have families traveling together, and these families can be extremely friendly (especially if you're traveling alone) and very interesting, (bring some photos from home).

You really do get what you pay for as far as comfort and space is concerned, but the sealed windows, and the 'diferent' type of passengers (especially in 2A) are drawbacks.


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