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 Patna to Kolkata - New Delhi Howrah Rajdhani Express ( Via Patna ) (12306).
Patna to Kolkata New Delhi Howrah Rajdhani Express ( Via Patna ) (12306) departs from Patna Jn station (PNBE) at and arrives Howrah Jn station (HWH) at . Patna to Kolkata rajdhani fare is Rs.2490 in First AC, Rs.1555 in Third AC and Rs.2160 in Second AC for this train which includes meal charges also. 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 Patna to Kolkata - Patna Shalimar Duronto Express (22214) and New Delhi Howrah Duronto Express (12274).
Patna to Kolkata Patna Shalimar Duronto Express (22214) departs from Patna Jn station (PNBE) at and arrives Kolkata Shalimar station (SHM) at . Patna to Kolkata 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.
Patna to Kolkata New Delhi Howrah Duronto Express (12274) departs from Patna Jn station (PNBE) at and arrives Howrah Jn station (HWH) at . Patna to Kolkata duronto fare is Rs.2465 in First AC, Rs.1540 in Third AC, Rs.2135 in Second AC and Rs.575 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.
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 Patna to Kolkata - Patna Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express (12024).
Patna to Kolkata Patna Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express (12024) departs from Patna Jn station (PNBE) at and arrives Howrah Jn station (HWH) at . Patna to Kolkata jan-shatabdi fare is Rs.770 in Chair Car and Rs.210 in Second Seater for this train. In Patna Howrah Jan Shatabdi Express (12024), seat availability status is GNWL28/WL19 in Chair Car (CC) with 91% chance of confirmation and seat availability status is GNWL37/WL34 in Second Seater (2S) with 93% chance of confirmation for tomorrow.
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 Patna to Kolkata - Patna Kolkata Garib Rath Express (12360).
Patna to Kolkata Patna Kolkata Garib Rath Express (12360) departs from Patna Jn station (PNBE) at and arrives Kolkata Chitpur station (KOAA) at . Patna to Kolkata garib-rath fare is Rs.620 in Third AC for this train. In Patna Kolkata Garib Rath Express (12360), seat availability status is GNWL143/WL92 in Third AC (3A) with 23% chance of confirmation for tomorrow.
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