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1. Posted by musharoom (Budding Member 33 posts) 7y

Can ANYONE please explain to me the difference in the train classes? I would like to have a comfortable journey but dont really get the difference! theres just too many options!

Also if anyone has good websites for booking can they please send them to me! :-)

Thanks alot!

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

You have sleeper class (bed without aircon, 6 beds in one cabin), 3A class (slighty bigger bed then sleeper with aircon, 6 beds in a cabin), 2A (bed with aircon, 4 beds in one cabin), 1A (big bed with aircon, 2 beds in one cabin). I always took sleeper class because its filthy cheap. But if you want to have slightly more comfort (for example aircon, sheets, pillow, food included in ticketprice) then you should have 3A which is still very cheap. Cheers;)

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[ Edit: Edited on 17-Feb-2009, at 01:38 by wouterrr ]

3. Posted by foxysardar (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

Hey ,

You can book you railway tickets at and also i will recommend you to go for AC sleeper Class as entry to those boggies are restricted however that is not the case with 2 Class .So that means less safety.Let me know if this helps



4. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 7y


Like you said there are way too many classes in trains in India. here's a brief description:
- General : There is no reservation needed. This is for the people who, generally, can't afford to pay for a reserved seat.

for all of the following classes, you need a prior reservation:

- Sleeper : 6 + 2 planks-cum-beds 6 in the main compartment and 2 in the sides. Non-air conditioned coaches and, generally, for the masses.
- Chair Car : A/C as well as Non-A/C (limited trains). 4/6/8 seats. good for a journey under 8 hrs or more if you are ok sitting
- A/C 3-tier : Same as Sleeper but air conditioned and the railways provide you sheet/blanket/pillow (to be left behind, of course)
- A/C 2-tier : 4 + 2 planks-cum-beds - air-conditioned. Same amenities as 3-tier.
- First A/C : 2 planks-cum-beds - air-conditioned and you have the compartment shared between 2 people. it has a gate to keep people away, if you want.

All the classes mentioned are in increasing order of cost and security.

The official railways website as foxysardar mentioned is you'll have to register for it.

Have a good one and let us know if you need more assistance!

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Quoting kidintown


6. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

google seat61

trains in India are great and a great way to get about

1st or 2nd class A/C Sleeper will do you fine

Joey ;)

7. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 7y

I travelled all around India by train in 1984 and 1988 and had a great time, when I could travelling overnight and sight-seeing by day. The nearest we had to AC was opening a window a bit though that meant we could get some coal dust from the engine come in to the compartment.

There was a train time table and schedule called : "Trains at a glance" which was handy.
I used 30 and 60 day passes (1st class), available at main stations. I did travel second class a few times.

8. Posted by musharoom (Budding Member 33 posts) 7y

Thanks so much for all the replies!

You have made it so much easier for me to get my head round!



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