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1. Posted by ninny (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

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Hello there, at the end of February I am planning to travel to india. I'll be using trains (sleepers during the night) and low budget airlines (Airdeccan, Spice Jet, Jet Aiways) to travel around.
I am wondering now if I need to buy the tickets before or can be bought before the travel - one day before or if i travel during the night, is it ok to buy the tickets for AC2 in the morning or will thy be all booked and would be impossible to get them?
How's with plane tickets? I have seen the price is like better if you buy them before... so if I would try to buy a ticket one day before for the plane, would cost me much more?
Should I go to an India travel agency and they will arrange me everything? I will come to Mumbai and stay there 3 days/2 nights.. and maybe shall I buy all the tickets there when I come?
This is my major concern... I don't have much time to stay in india, so I want to use it the best possible way and travel during the night and see the sights during the day.

I have seen also you cannot pay with mastercards in some irliness if you want to book the flight over the net. Is there any comfirmation before the flight needed - somewhere i've read it's 72 hours before the flight - if so, what if you don't confirm... doesn't payment count?

Ok, I know, I have many questions, but hope you can help me anyway.
Thanks!!! :)

2. Posted by meetlalit (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

HI

In India, there are just two or three budget airlines, and their names have changed to. Sahara Airlines is now - Jet lite, Deccan airlines is now - Kingfisher. You can also check for Spice Jet, Indigo airlinesand Go air

The rates, are always economical when you book in advance. and If you intend to buy them just a day before it will turn out to be epensive. Secondly there is no need of confirmation with any of the airlines , just that you need to call to confirm the timings thats all.

Most of the airlines accpet all the cards, except that in few establishments, am ex card is issue.

For tran tickets, si you can book in advance is always better, though in Feb there would not be much of rush for the tickets.

After you plan for your internary, it would be nice to get it done throught travel agent, as getting train tickets, would be time consuming.

Hope this answers atleast few of your questions, in case you need more details do write to me

Regards

lalit

3. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 9y

Pl buy your air tickets as early as you can..the earlier the better
because then the tickets are more cheaper.Try Indigo
because they have excellent record of taking off and landing
on time compared to other airlines. Air Deccan often gets cancelled at the last moment.

If you have a credit card, pl try booking tickets online yourself.

There is no need to reconfirm with airlines again. If you have a air ticket
with OK status, then it means the trip is okay.

Swagatham to India!

4. Posted by kalpesh09 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Getting train tickets is always difficult in India. It is not possible to get reservation in any major route before even a week during any period. So if you wish to travel by train, please arrange for tickets well in advance. getting air tickets is not an issue. Its a money matter only, earlier you book cheaper you get. Its very much essential to plan your trip before you reach here.

Have a wonderful trip.

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Hi Ninny,

First let me take this opportunity to welcome you to India:)

Regarding the Air tickets its true that the earlier u book, the better fare u get. Recently most of the airlines have started accepting credit cards which have been issued outside India. U can try the websites of Air deccan, indigo, Goair, spicejet, which are low cost carriers.

Regarding travel by train, Feb-March would not be the peak season and since u intend to travel by AC-2T, i dont think tickets would be a problem as mostly tickets are available in this class and during Feb-March.

I am based in Mumbai itself, u can get in touch with me if u need any find of help

Do let me know if u need more info

Cheers and have a nice trip
Arif

6. Posted by ninny (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hi everyone and thank you sooo much for your help! I bet it will come very handy. For now I really do think it's better to book all tickets (train + flight) in advance - so that i won't be nervous there in india, as I should enjoy the travel :)

What do you think regarding the acommodation? Should that be also booked in advanced or is better to first check how it looks and then decide if you want to oversleep there?

One part of my trip (Diu - Ahmedabad) is by bus... I have read there's a private bus going every day from Diu to Ahmedabad. What do you think about booking that too? I'll be in Diu for 4 days... maybe it's enough that when i come, I book the ticket for it? Do you recomend sleeper bus or normal one? I guess if travel is during the night, sleepr bus is better...

Thanks again for all your help and enjoy, Nina

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

hi Nina,

there are daily buses between ahmedabad and Diu. normally for buses which depart at night even if u book in the morning we will get seats, so u dont need to worry about seats. I doubt if there are sleeper buses but certainly there are push-back overnight buses which are also comfortable

Arif

8. Posted by pateluday (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

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Try to make your booking online or through travel agents as early as possible. Advance booking in case of Air lines results in more economical air travel. On busy circuits advance rail bookings are a must and in case of destination packed to full advance booking of resorts and hotels is advised.

Keep sufficient cash in case electronic card do not work at places. But yes plan your iterinarary in advance including rail tickets if you wish for a hassle free travel.....bon voyage.

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9. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 9y

Hey Nina,

Answers follow the questions:

"I am wondering now if I need to buy the tickets before or can be bought before the travel - one day before or if i travel during the night, is it ok to buy the tickets for AC2 in the morning or will thy be all booked and would be impossible to get them?"

- Busy routes are the major concern for trains. So may I suggest booking tickets in advance if your itirenary is decided. Sleeper coaches are cheap but could be harassing on certain routes, so choose wisely. 3-tier AC coaches are reasonably priced and offer better comfort.

"How's with plane tickets? I have seen the price is like better if you buy them before... so if I would try to buy a ticket one day before for the plane, would cost me much more?"

- Plane tickets are going cheap these days, provided you book in advance. you might be travelling at a fare equal (or lower than) to 3-tier AC coaches in train. And they tend to cost more the more you delay.

"Should I go to an India travel agency and they will arrange me everything? I will come to Mumbai and stay there 3 days/2 nights.. and maybe shall I buy all the tickets there when I come? "

- That is an option that you can exercise at will. But if you have the tickets booked in advance, you will save the amount you'll have to pay to the travel agency and the hassle of finding a reliable agency. But that's really your call. And the only hitch in booking a ticket on arrival is the economic factor.

"This is my major concern... I don't have much time to stay in india, so I want to use it the best possible way and travel during the night and see the sights during the day."

- How many days are you planning to spend in India and what are the places that you are/want to cover?
Not all places might be located at overnight journey distances. So here again, having an itirenary would come handy.

"I have seen also you cannot pay with mastercards in some irliness if you want to book the flight over the net. Is there any comfirmation before the flight needed - somewhere i've read it's 72 hours before the flight - if so, what if you don't confirm... doesn't payment count?"

- Mastercards are accepted by all Indian airlines while booking a flight over the net. and the confirmation is more an international travel concept. for domestic travel, they do not bother whether you confirm or not as long as you have purchased the ticket.

"For now I really do think it's better to book all tickets (train + flight) in advance - so that i won't be nervous there in india, as I should enjoy the travel "

- Wise decision ;)

[i]"What do you think regarding the acommodation? Should that be also booked in advanced or is better to first check how it looks and then decide if you want to oversleep there?"

- Well, hassle free travel would mean booking the hotels in advance. However, for certain cities/towns, you should book on arrival. This also depends on what sort of accomodation are you looking at. If its a star hotel that you want, then booking in advance makes perfect sense. for budget hotels, don't bother much.

"One part of my trip (Diu - Ahmedabad) is by bus... I have read there's a private bus going every day from Diu to Ahmedabad. What do you think about booking that too? I'll be in Diu for 4 days... maybe it's enough that when i come, I book the ticket for it? Do you recomend sleeper bus or normal one? I guess if travel is during the night, sleepr bus is better..."

- Sleeper buses are anyday more convenient and less tiring but I'm not too sure if the route (Diu - Ahmedabad) will have sleeper buses. If its a weekend, then booking in advance would make sense. buses on weekdays are generally not very crowded.

I have tried to answer as precisely and as best I could.
Hope this helps!
Let me know if you need further help! :)
Have a good one!