How to Use Trains for Travelling in India
Which Trains to Book?
Which Coach to Choose?
I prefer 3 Tier AC (3AC) Coaches for long distance journeys and AC Chair Car (AC CC) for short distance. You can go ahead and book 2 or 1 Tier AC coaches as well but then you can get flight tickets for that much amount if you plan in advance. Most foreign tourists book sleeper coaches, which I usually do not prefer as they are usually over-crowded and not as clean.
Inside the Trains
Food on Trains
At Train Stations
- Check if your hotel provides complimentary pickup or drop service
- Prepaid Taxi or Auto Rickshaw Service, usually available on all stations. There will be prepaid booths where you can get auto or taxi by telling the area you want to go to. Check for information on Tourist Information counters on almost all train stations
- Normal taxi or auto rickshaw – call your hostel/hotel in advance to check for fair price to pay – you might have to haggle in this situation
- Bus Service – ask your hostel/hotel in advance about availability and bus stops