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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Hi there!

Ok, so this is potentially a stupid question, and my defence is that it's 3:30 am and I'm also past potentially out of it and exhausted (grave shift), and can't find what I'm looking for.

What does "AC" mean in train language? They talk about 1st class, 2nd class, and 3rd class, and at first I assumed that's what it was, but then somewhere it said something implying they're something else...so I'm confused.

Anyone know? Any help would be great!!

Thanks guys,

Katarina

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

AC = Air Conditioning

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

3AC is the best value one for a tourist not wanting to slum it like a local does. They are Air conditioned and they are the cheapest of the AC classes and not much worse quality. Just be sure on long journeys to see if it is at all possible to get the top bunk.

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

3AC is indeed good enough in the air conditioning carriage. The difference with 2AC is that it has 6 beds instead of 4. I never travelled in 1AC but I suppose that has (logically) 2 beds. Most budgettravellers travel in the sleeperclass (SL) which is very cheap (but without AC).

Prices per 1.000 kilometers (source: LonelyPlanet);

1AC= Rs2628 (€48)
2AC= Rs1352 (€25)
3AC= Rs845 (€15)
SL= Rs301 (€6)

5. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 9y

Hi Katarina,

Indian Railways have folowing categories of travel:

1st Class air conditioned (1AC): This is most expensive. Budget airlines are much cheaper than fares of 1AC.
This class has 2 berths and sometimes you will find 4 births also.

1st Class(no AC): This is being phased out.But still some trains have this class. It has 4 berths in an enclosure(coupe).More spacious.

2tier Ac class: This has 4 berths and has AC. This is chepaer comparedto 1AC but costlier than 1ST CLASS.

3tier AC Class: This has 6 berths and is best recommended for first time travellersto India for safety and comfort. This cheaper than 2 tier AC.

Sleeper class: This has 6 berths but no AC. This is the class mostly people travel.This is cheaper than all above.If you are two or more and on budget travelling, then this is better.

All above classes need reservation as these trains are night trains.

There are Day trains too where sitting accommodation is only available both air conditioned and non air conditioned.

Hope it's clear now.

6. Posted by helloworld (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

http://www.seat61.com/India.htm
gives a lot of detailed info on indian railways and travelling in them
scroll down to where it says "The 8 classes on Indian trains..."
it has pictures of the different classes also.

7. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

That makes so much more sense now...thanks for all your help, guys!!

8. Posted by Prem (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

I am in India, I would suggest why dont you catch a cheap air ticket.

Airlines like Airdeccan, Spicejet offers tickets even cheaper then AC class of train.

Do check them out :)

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Prem

I am in India, I would suggest why dont you catch a cheap air ticket.

Airlines like Airdeccan, Spicejet offers tickets even cheaper then AC class of train.

Do check them out :)

Apparently you don't know. Foreigners pay more for these flights. These tickets are never cheaper then the train. Also not for Indians (incidently you could be lucky by a special offer, though).

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 5:38 AM by wouterrr ]

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

....;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 28, 2007, at 5:37 AM by wouterrr ]