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Indian Railway cuts Train 18 aka Vande Bharat Express ticket prices

Feb 13, 2019, 11:02 AM IST
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Good News for those who want to travel in state-of-the-art Train 18. To the joy of passengers, Indian Railway has cut Train 18 ticket prices ahead of its launch. Rationalising the fares of Vande Bharat Express or Train 18, the Indian Railways Tuesday said an air-conditioned chair car ticket for a Delhi-Varanasi trip would cost Rs 1,760, instead of Rs 1,850, and the executive class fare will be Rs 3,310, instead of RS 3,520. 

 

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Train 18 Ticket Cost

Train 18 Ticket Cost

On the return journey, Train 18 chair car ticket would cost Rs 1,700 and the executive car ticket will be priced at Rs 3,260, a railway order said. Both the fares are inclusive of the catering charges.

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Train 18 vs Shatabdi Fare

Train 18 vs Shatabdi Fare

Now, the Train 18 chair car fares are 1.4 times the base price of Shatabdi trains running the same distance and the executive class fares are 1.3 times of first class air-conditioned seating in the premium train, it said.

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Train 18 launch

Train 18 launch

The semi-high speed Train 18 is scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15. The train has two classes of tickets -- executive class and chair car -- and will have differently priced meals. 

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Train 18 route

Train 18 route

Earlier, the Train 18 tickets were priced in this manner by Indian Railways. A journey from Delhi to Varanasi in air conditioned chair car of the Vande Bharat Express would cost passengers Rs 1,850 - this is 1.5 times that of Shatabdi Express tickets over the same distance. 

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Train 18 catering charges

Train 18 catering charges

Train 18 executive class fare for the same journey would be Rs 3,520. Both the tickets will also include catering service charges. On its return journey, the chair car ticket will cost Rs 1,795 and the executive car ticket will be priced at Rs 3,470. The executive class fares are 1.4 times of first class air conditioned seating in the premium train. 

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Train 18 IRCTC

Train 18 IRCTC

It has already been announced that Train 18 passengers will not be able to 'opt out' of meals, unlike other premium trains such as Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express where travellers can choose not to take catering services. However, the passengers travelling the last leg on the route of the semi-high speed train - Allahabad to Varanasi - will have the choice of opting out of the meals provided by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), in advance while booking their tickets. 

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