Rajdhani express are premium category trains by the Indian Railways that redefines luxury travelling in India. It is a fully air-conditioned train which connects country capital (Delhi) with state capitals. That is why they are called 'Rajdhani' which translates to 'Capital' in English. These train runs at very high speed and therefore it usually takes least time to reach destination compared to other trains on the same route. Mumbai rajdhani is the fastest rajdhani train which attains a maximum speed of 140 kmph on some stretch. Rajdhani Express offers catering facilities inside the train the fare of which is included in ticket fare. Rajdhani trains have 3 classes - First AC (1A), AC II-tier (2A) and AC III-tier (3A) only and they are coupled with LHB coaches that have higher safety features. The ticket fare for Rajdhani is maximum amongst all trains on the same route and has dynamic fare (Flexi Fare) system. Waitlisted passengers are strictly not allowed inside this train. Rajdhani train coaches are usually painted in red with a grey colored strip outside. 1 rajdhani train runs from Kolkata to Patna - Howrah New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Patna) (12305).
Kolkata to Patna Howrah New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Patna) (12305) departs from Howrah Jn station (HWH) at and arrives Patna Jn station (PNBE) at . Kolkata to Patna rajdhani fare is Rs.2580 in First AC, Rs.1650 in Third AC and Rs.2255 in Second AC for this train which includes meal charges also. In Howrah New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Patna) (12305), seat availability status is RSWL4/WL4 in First AC (1A) with 77% chance of confirmation, seat availability status is RSWL11/WL2 in Second AC (2A) with 85% chance of confirmation and seat availability status is RSWL20/WL5 in Third AC (3A) with 79% chance of confirmation for tomorrow. Kolkata Rajdhani is the first Rajdhani express to be introduced in India. It started its operation on March 3, 1969. In its initial stage the train had just 10 coaches in total and used to run non stop between New Delhi and Howrah with technical stoppages at Kanpur, Mughalsarai and Gomoh. Do you know, there used to be lounge cars and chair cars in Rajdhani trains initially. Howrah Rajdhani had only 2 classes that time-AC First Class and AC Chair Car the fares of which were Rs 280 and Rs 90 respectively. Howrah Rajdhani is the only wi-fi enabled Rajdhani train till date. Over the years, the train has seen tremendous changes in its number of coaches (now 18), type of cars (Chair cars are totally replaced by First AC, AC II tier and AC III tier) and is replaced by most modern facilities inside the train now.
Duronto express is a newer premium class of train which runs as fast as Rajdhanis. Duronto word comes from restless in Bengali as these trains had no intermediate commercial stops when they started. But since Indian Railways incurred losses for these trains, some technical stops were converted to commercial stops. On some routes (such as Delhi-Kolkata) they take lesser time than corresponding Rajdhani express. Unlike rajdhani some durontos also have non-air conditioned sleeper class. Thus, Duronto trains have classes First AC (1A), AC II-tier, AC III-tier and Sleeper. Bed-rolls in sleeper class of Mixed Duronto Express trains will be supplied to passengers on demand, on payment of stipulated charges. Duronto trains are distinguished by vibrant and colorful vinyl coating on the outer surface of the coaches. 2 duronto trains run from Kolkata to Patna - Howrah New Delhi Duronto Express (12273) and Shalimar Patna Duronto Express (22213).
Kolkata to Patna Howrah New Delhi Duronto Express (12273) departs from Howrah Jn station (HWH) at and arrives Patna Jn station (PNBE) at . Kolkata to Patna duronto fare is Rs.2385 in First AC, Rs.1475 in Third AC, Rs.2080 in Second AC and Rs.535 in Sleeper for this train which includes meal charges also. There are 2 Duronto trains between Kolkata and New Delhi. One connects Howrah Station of Kolkata to New Delhi station of Delhi while the other Duronto 12259/60 connects Sealdah station of Kolkata to New Delhi. Howrah Duronto is slow in speed compared to the Sealdah duronto. It is also a mixed duronto which means it has sleeper class as well as opposed to Sealdah Duronto which only has air conditioned classes. There are other faster trains of the likes of Rajdhani and Express trains too connecting New Delhi and Kolkata hence this is not the best fit but is definitely the best economical option.
Kolkata to Patna Shalimar Patna Duronto Express (22213) departs from Kolkata Shalimar station (SHM) at and arrives Patna Jn station (PNBE) at . Kolkata to Patna duronto fare is Rs.2385 in First AC, Rs.1475 in Third AC, Rs.2080 in Second AC and Rs.535 in Sleeper for this train which includes meal charges also. Kolkata Patna Duronto 22213/14 is a short overnight duronto train that halts at Asansol Jn for 5 mins. There are other options available to travel between Kolkata and Patna and this Duronto is not the fastest one. Also, since Shalimar station is somewhat isolated from the main city of Kolkata people tend to prefer other trains. But the convenient timings and an overnight train journey through Shalimar, this duronto makes it a good choice.
Jan Shatabdi express as the name indicates is the shatabdi express for Jan (common mass). Basically these trains are an affordable version of Shatabdi trains in India. Therefore Jan Shatabdi trains have either seating arrangements as air-conditioned Chair Car (CC) or non air-conditioned Second Seating (2S) coaches. These are very pocket friendly compared to other trains on same route. These trains are for short distances and does not run overnight just like Shatabdi trains. It does not have onboard catering services which is there in Shatabdi trains. In general these trains are painted in white and blue combination with window panes painted either white or blue. 1 jan-shatabdi train runs from Kolkata to Patna - Howrah Patna Jan Shatabdi Express (12023).
Kolkata to Patna Howrah Patna Jan Shatabdi Express (12023) departs from Howrah Jn station (HWH) at and arrives Patna Jn station (PNBE) at . Kolkata to Patna jan-shatabdi fare is Rs.770 in Chair Car and Rs.210 in Second Seater for this train.
The concept of Garib Rath started with the vision to provide air conditioned berths at a comparatively low price for the people who could not afford to travel in AC coaches. Garib-rath phrase translates to poor man's chariot in English. The fare in this train is almost two-thirds of regular third ac fare. Usually Garib Rath have Third AC (3A) class only excepting some 1-2 trains which also have Chair Car (CC) class. The compartments of these train coaches have 9 berths making an extra space for side middle berth which is not there in any other train in India. In case passengers want to have bedrolls they need to pay separately for it. Some garib-raths run as fast as rajdhani, but they have lesser priority for track clearance compared to them. These trains are painted green with a yellow colored strip along the window panes. 1 garib-rath train runs from Kolkata to Patna - Kolkata Patna Garib Rath Express (12359).
Kolkata to Patna Kolkata Patna Garib Rath Express (12359) departs from Kolkata Chitpur station (KOAA) at and arrives Patna Jn station (PNBE) at . Kolkata to Patna garib-rath fare is Rs.620 in Third AC for this train.
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