Train booking price difference

#1 Jan 25th, 2011, 23:02
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Hi there,

me and my girlfriend are going to be travelling to india at the begining of march. I was just wondering if it would be best to book our train tickets before we go or in the stations themselves, when we are there a few days before.

is there a price difference...like advanced booking discount or is it always going to be the same price.

and if you dont reccomend buying them at the stations, how long before i leave should i book them (im flying to india on 1st march to mumbai, and catching a train to goa a few days later)

thanks

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Originally Posted by PaulZoe View Post Hi there,

me and my girlfriend are going to be travelling to india at the begining of march. I was just wondering if it would be best to book our train tickets before we go or in the stations themselves, when we are there a few days before.

is there a price difference...like advanced booking discount or is it always going to be the same price.

and if you dont reccomend buying them at the stations, how long before i leave should i book them (im flying to india on 1st march to mumbai, and catching a train to goa a few days later)

thanks

Paul
There is no advance booking discount in Indian Railways. Tickets are sold online and also over counter. Tickets are available 90 days in advance.
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Please book your tickets online as soon as possible, because on busier routes they sell out fast, and you shouldn't even think of riding on the unreserved class.
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Exactly, in India the railway tickets are always on high demand.
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If you want to reach Goa in the later part of the day (after 16:00 hrs) you can delay booking your tickets by another couple of weeks. If you want yo reach Goa before 16:00 hrs you need to book your tickets soons as few seats are available

Check the trains from Mumbai to Goa http://erail.in?T=CSTM::MAO:

Book tickets by www.cleartrip.com or www.makemytrip.com
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Thanks everyone.

One more question now that i have had a look at the availability.

when it says there is a waiting list, what are the chances of actually getting on that train. and what happens if you dont, do you get your money back?

also what is the RAC...is that not the same sort of thing as a waiting list

thanks in advance
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Regarding waiting list, the chances will depend on your number. The highest class (1A) has less number of seats. So if you have a wait list number of 5 onwards, chances are less. Then comes (2A), (3A) ands SL. If you book an e-ticket and your wait list does not get confirmed you will get an automatic refund to the card which processes the transaction.

Regarding RAC (reservation against cancellation) it guarantees your travel in the train. Downside being 2 seats are alloted to 3 passengers where 1 gets berth to sleep and the other 2 share the other berth.
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Originally Posted by PaulZoe View Post I was just wondering if it would be best to book our train tickets before we go or in the stations themselves, when we are there a few days before.
Hi Paul

The short answer is yes. Book before you leave. Myself and my boyfriend are travelling to India at the end of February and have tried to book all of our long haul and overnight trains in advance. We did this because we want to be next to each other and I'm not sure that this is this case if you are waitlisted (although I think they are pretty flexible and you can move around).

For the shorter distance e.g. less than 5 hours we are planning to book them nearer the time as we are not too bothered about having to sit in 2nd class/sleeper.

If I were you I would get onto www.cleartrip.com and book the trains asap. The website is very good! Be warned that it often doesn't show availability in the evening (e.g. 7 - 10pm GST). Also make sure you select the Credit Card option when you are paying - even if using a debit card. I found this out after trying to put my first ticket through ten times!

Hope this helps!
Good luck

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Look below my post for a link to a detailed thread abour RAC & Waitlists.

But very basically, always do an availability search for same train/class/stations, but do the availability search for 85 days ahead, that will show you the availability details for 6 days, the highest number you find in your class is likely to be the number of berths used for that sector, so if there are only 4 berths used, a WL2 isn't good.
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The following are the basic refund rules for single ‘un-travelled RESERVED tickets’, there are many more rules, but I feel that these are the only rules a tourist will normally need to know.


You can get a refund a ticket as long as you pay a cancellation fee, but the fee varies.

More than one day in advance (excluding the date of the journey), the cancellation fees would be: -

1A = Rs 50
2A = Rs 30
3A = Rs 30
CC = Rs 30
FC = Rs 30
SL = Rs 20
II = Rs 10

One day in advance (excluding the date of the journey), and up to 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the trains, the cancellation fees would be 25% of the fare paid.

Less than 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the trains, the cancellation fees would be 50% of the fare paid.

You can also get a refund after the train has departed, if you were going to travel less than 200 Kms. You can get a refund up to 3 hours after the actual departure of the train, 201 – 500 Kms. = 6 hours after departure, and over 501 Kms. Would allow you to get a refund up to 12 hours after departure, the cancellation fees would be 50% of the fare paid

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thanks for all the information everyone has given me, helped a great deal

i found the above post in the refund section, but it was written in 2005, so just wanted to know if that is still the charges you have to pay

thanks

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