The Indian Railways has a huge network of trains and every train is composed of various facilities for the travellers. You can know about schedule of a train, what amenities it has to offer, seat availability, and other concerns through online media. But having information about the classes of Indian trains is not that easy. Many classes can be found on a train. And, selecting an apt option is important to shape your travelling experience. So you don’t get confused and have a comfortable plus convenient journey in an Indian Railways train, here are some details regarding different classes in trains:
Unreserved General Class (UR)
This class doesn’t require reservations and therefore, you can see a lot of crowd in this single class, unlike other classes. Seats here are made of wooden mostly intended for sitting and not for sleeping.
This is a reservation compartment which is a cheap option for people commuting a shorter distance. Usually, trains with 2S class run during the daytime. You will see cushioned seats for three seats on both sides. Some new trains also have single comfortable seats for the passengers.
Sleeper Class (SL)
This one has been the most popular choice for a middle-class person in India. But most of them now moved to AC compartments. Therefore, you can see more General class people here. This compartment has seats divided into 3 tiers allowing 6 passengers to sleep. Attached are both Indian and Western-style toilets.
Three Tier Air Conditioned Class (3A)
A step above sleeper class is 3AC offering much comfort and quiet surrounding to the travellers. Carriages are same as of the sleeper class coach, but the windows are made of a tinted glass that cannot be opened. Of course, it offers cooling with air-conditioners along with bedding services for the passengers.
Two Tier Air Conditioned Class (2A)
Experience a comfortable and hassle-free journey on the 2AC class. This is perfect for upper-class people of India and offers four beds in a compartment. The services of towels and bedding are also there for the travellers.
First Class Air Conditioned (1A)
1AC carriages are amazing! You can compare them with airplane travelling as they offer AC cooling, lockable doors in compartments, and vertically positioned two/four beds. Unlike other classes, these beds are wide, and passengers are offered sheets, pillows, a room freshener, and more. You will find this class in the most popular trains.
Executive Air Conditioned Chair Car (EC)
Running super-fast between big cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Shatabdi Express trains is the only train which has executive class. Both sides of the aisle contain two seats, so passengers can sit comfortably with more space for legs and luggage. Also, it has the least crowd onboard.
Air Conditioned Chair Car (CC)
Indian Railways trains that commute comparatively shorter distances has CC carriages. These trains run between major cities and therefore offer a good option of CC class for people who take frequent business trips. One side of the aisle has three seats while other has two seats.
One should experience each class to get a true essence of travelling in Indian trains. While you must be travelling in a class always but would also be missing many experiences of not travelling in other classes. So, do try all the class and make your train journey even more memorable.