The Indian Railways is one of the largest train networks in the world, helping lakhs of travellers to reach their destination every day. Also, it is one of the most affordable and convenient modes of transportation, especially when air ticket prices are soaring. If you are planning a trip via train and want to save more on ticket price, there are a couple of ways to do so. Having said that, let’s talk about some of the tips on train fare.
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1. Book circular journey tickets
A new facility introduced by IRCTC, it offers travellers the facility of booking a standard circular journey ticket that will cover popular destinations. In the circular journey, a ticket is charged as two individual journeys where the length of every journey is considered as half the total distance. There’s a separate form for a circular ticket. Also, you need to get in touch with the Reservation Office to book accommodation as per the stay tenure of your journey. This is a great money saver feature for those planning a long trip that includes halting at many destinations.
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2. Look for dynamic pricing trains
If you are one of those who plans a trip in advance, it is recommended to book tickets in dynamic pricing trains as these have a cheaper fare. Avoid travelling in Suvidha, Rajdhani or Shatabdi, unless it’s a last minute plan.
3. Book ticket in humsafar or garib rath
Indian Railways has introduced different types of trains depending upon the need and pocket size of the traveller. If you want to save more on train journey, but can’t compromise with the comfort of travelling in an air-conditioned coach, book ticket in humsafar or garib rath. They have cheaper AC tariff than regular express trains. Also, the operational frequency of some of these trains could be high on specific routes.
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4. Use apps
Tatkal tickets are expensive, and at times their fare could be equal to what you would have paid for travelling via air. Therefore, try planning your trip in advance. If that’s not possible, you can also turn to applications. These tell you the probability of a waiting ticket getting confirmed. Even if it’s a last minute plan, check the confirmation probability of ticket on apps like TrainMan app before opting for tatkal. This might save you a lot of money. Also, these apps also provide train running status live and other information to make your travel hassle free.
5. Avail senior citizen and student discount
If you are a senior citizen or student, don’t forget to check the option while booking the ticket. Railway has special quota for senior citizen and students, which can save you more. Don’t forget to carry your id proof on the day of travel because you will have to show it to the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE)
With many special trains, discount deals, and applications available, one can save more on train tickets with advance planning. Just keep yourself updated about the latest schemes introduced by the Indian Railways and check out apps to make train travel more economical.
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