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GoaCentral > Travel to Goa > Train travel to Goa > Indian Railways information

Indian Railways information

The following topics relating to Indian Railways are briefly discussed on this page, click on for more...

 

Passenger Facilities 

Indrail Pass

GSA for Indrail Pass

International Tourist BureauI

Links Train travel to Goa

 

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Indian Railways Passenger Facilities 

Personal Baggage

Free personal baggage allowances are 70kg in AC First Class, 50kg in First Class and AC 2-tier Sleepers, 40kg in AC 3-tier sleepers, AC Chair Car, Sleeper class and 35kg in Second Class. Children aged between 5-12 are allowed half of the free allowance. If the baggage exceeds this limit, it has to be weighed in advance at the station and booked into the luggage van  attached to the train. This ensures that the personal baggage reaches the correct destination along with the passengers. Please also note that scooters and cycles etc cannot be considered in the category of free baggage.

In case the luggage is stolen , please contact the train conductor/coach attendant or guards. They will give you the form for filling out the FIR (first information report) and the matter will be investigated by the Railway Police.

Bed Rolls

Indian Railways supplies bed rolls at all important stations free to to AC first class and AC Tier and AC 3-Tier. First Class passengers are charged Rs. 20  per bed roll per night. Please contact the Station Manager and submit a requisition for it before commencing the journey. 

Cloak Rooms 

Indian Railways provides cloak rooms facilities at major stations for any period up to one month on payment of prescribed charges. Cloak rooms charges vary. Only luggage that has been locked will be accepted in the cloak rooms.

Waiting Rooms 

Waiting rooms are available at major stations for use by genuine passengers. These can be used free of charge on production of your train ticket.

Retiring Rooms 

Indian Railways provides AC and Non-AC  retiring rooms and Dormitory facilities at most important stations. Rooms are normally allotted to passengers holding valid tickets on payment of prescribed charges. The allotment is done by the station manager or Matron of the station concerned and they need to be contacted to find out about availability and charges. There are other Railway owned and operated properties catering to passengers-Rail Yatri Niwas in New Delhi and Railway Hotels at Ranchi, Bihar and Puri, Orissa.

Catering 

Indian Railways provides pantry car facilities on long-distance trains and on selected important short-distance trains. The details of trains offering Pantry car service is indicated in the railway timetables with the letter P. Dinner and lunches, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian are arranged against orders and supplied in containers. Even if there is no pantry car on a train, arrangements are made to serve food from station en route. A railway employee will usually come to your seat at some point during your journey and ask if you want to place an order. You are expected to pay in cash immediately. Your seat number will be recorded and the food brought to you when it is food distribution time. The food usually is Indian cuisine.

If you are concerned about hygiene and the kind of food you eat, look for Indian Railways endorsed sellers at major stations, the food is always hygienic. Sandwiches etc will come packaged in a white packet with the regional railway name and logo. You can then check out the various eateries in the station  and judge for yourself. Mineral water is sold in bottles everywhere. On major trains (Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express and some others) you even get a free complementary bottle. 

Medical Aid 

In the unlikely event that medical aid is required on account of sudden injury or illness, the guard coach attendant, or station master at a major station may be contacted and t hey will make the necessary arrangements for treatment. The Guards, Conductors or Coach attendants are equipped with First Aid boxes and are trained to provide first aid to passengers. Medical treatment will be provided by the doctor on payment of reasonable charges. Details of medical practitioners and hospitals along with their addresses are displayed at major stations. Medicines for common ailments are available at all major stations for a small charge. 

Other passenger amenities

Self help trolleys are available at major stations for the convenience of passengers with heavy baggage. There are also wheelchairs and stretchers available , please contact the station manager for it.

Public Grievances

There are Public Grievance Redressal Booths at major stations for addressing public complaints.

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 Indrail Pass

Indrail Passes can be purchased by foreign nationals and non-resident Indians. Payment is accepted in US dollars, pound sterling and other convertible foreign currency in cash, travelers cheques and credit cards.

 An Indrail Pass enables the holder to travel as he likes, from any point of origin, in any train,  in the class it is issued for, within the period of validity. Passes are available from half-day to 90 days duration and can be used within one year of issue.

 The validity period starts from the date of the first train journey and last journey should be commenced before  the midnight of the last day.


Request for reservation can be made through the nearest General Sales Agents abroad. No reservation fee,  super-fast charge or surcharge for the journey need be paid.

 
  Indrail Pass Fare in US Dollars per pass  

With effect from 01.04.1999
 
Period of Validity  AC Class  First Class / AC 2 / 3 Tier  AC Chair-Car Sleeper Class 

Second Class 

(Non-AC)

  Adult  Child  Adult  Child  Adult  Child 
1/2 days*  57  29  26  13  11 
1 day*  95  47  43  22  19  10
2 days*  160  80  70  35  30  15 
4 days*  220  110  110  55  50  25 
7 days  270  135  135  68  80  40 
15 days  370  185  185  95  90  45 
21 days  396  198  198  99  100  50 
30 days  495  248  248  126  125  65 
60 days  800  400  400  200  185  95 
90 days  1060  530  530  265  235  120 
 

* For sale only by General Sales Agents overseas

For the sale of Indrail Passes, the Indian Railways have GSAs in Australia, Canada, France, Thailand, the USA, Mauritius, Malaysia, Japan, England, Germany, Finland, the UAE,  Oman and Bangladesh.

Indrail passes are also available for sale at the Railway Reservation Offices at :
Agra Cantt., Agra City, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore City, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Chennai, Gorakhpur, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, New Delhi, Puttaparti Town Booking Agency, Rameshwaram, Secunderabad, Trivandrum Central and Vadodara.

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List of General  Sales Agents  for INDRAIL PASS

National Travel & Tourism, 
P.O. Box 962,  Muttrah 
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. 
Phone : 00968-561377 
Fax No. 00968-566125
M/s Adventure World, 
P.O. Box. 480 
North Sydney, NSW – 2059, 
Australia.
Phone: 0061-2-9567766 
Fax 0061-2-99567707
M/s Hari World Travel INC. 
1-Financial Place, 
2-Adelaide Street East, 
Concou Level, Canada. M-5C 2VB 
Phone : 001416-3662000 
Fax 001416-3666020
M/s City East West Travels 
23, Jalan Yap Ah Shak 
50300 Kuala Lumpur 
Malaysia .
Phone: 00603-2930569 
Fax No. 00603-2989214
M/s Japan Travel Bureau 
Overseas Travel Division, 
1-6-4 Marunuchi Chiyoda Ku , Tokyo 100 Japan .
Phone: 0081-3-2847391 
Fax 0081-3-38208014
M/s S.S. Travels Service

10-12-13 S.S. Building 
Convent Road, Bangkok – 10500 Thailand. 
Phone:0066-2-2367188, 
Fax No. 0066-2-2367186

M/s S.D. Enterprises Ltd., 
103, Wembley Park Drive, 
Wembley HA 9 B HG, 
Middlesex  U. K .
Phone No. 0044-181-9033411 
Fax 0044-181-9030392
M/s Hari World Travels INC. 
25 W 45 Street, 
Suite 1004 
New York, 
U. S.A 10036 .
Phone 004969-253098 
Fax No. 004969-232045
M/s Asra Orient, 
Kaiserstrasse 50 
D-60329 Frankfurt / M .I. 
Germany .
Phone 004969-253098 
Fax No. 004969-232045
M/s Intia Keskus Ltd. 
Yrjonkatu 8.10 
00120, Helsinki, 
Finland.
Phone 003580-90-651066 
Fax No. 003580-100946
M/s Sharjah National Travel & Tourist Agency (Pvt.) Ltd. 
P.O.Box 17, 
Sharjah 
UAE. 
Phone No. 009716-4367966
M/s Omitranse International Ltd. 
Chartered Accountant Bhaban
3rd Floor, 70/1,  Inner Circular Road, Kakral,  Dhaka, 
Bangladesh.
Phone No. 008802-834401 
Fax No. 008802-818429
M/s M.K. Bobby Naidoo Travel Agency, 
P.O.Box 2878 , Durban 
South Africa 4001. 
Phone No. 002731-3094712 / 3094710 / 3094711 
Fax 002731-3093628
Indian Airlines, 
Airlines House, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, New Delhi - 110 001 , India.
Phone – 009111-5665946 
Fax 009111-3295946
 
These  overseas offices of Indian Airlines  are authorized to sell  INDRAIL Passes
 
KUWAIT 

House  Of  Kuwait 
Al-Hilalliah Building 
Alboor Street, P.O. Box 594,  Safat 13006, State Of  Kuwait 
FAX : (965) 2455441

BAHRAIN 

Dadabhai Travels 
A  division of  Dadabhai Trading & Contracting P.O. Box 387, Manama 
Bahrain 
FAX : 21091

QATAR 

Trans-Orient Travels & Tourism 
P.O. Box 363, Airport  Road, Doha, Qatar 
FAX : (0974) 321099  

MYNAMAR

Bandoola International Ltd.. 
No. 299, 80, Sunpal Street ,
Yangon, Mynamar 
FAX : 95-1 281277 

THAILAND

S.S. Travel  Service 
10/12-13 S.S. Building 
Convent Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand 
FAX (00662)2367186

SRI LANKA

Indian Airlines Office, 
Colombo, Sri Lanka

FAX : 452307

SINGAPORE 

Indian Airlines Office
Singapore

FAX: 22211113

NEPAL 

Indian Airlines Office
Kathmandu, Nepal

FAX : 419649 

 

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International Tourist BureauI

The International Tourist Bureau at New Delhi railway station is open to International tourists intending to travel by rail in India. It is open between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all days except Sunday. The bureau provides assistance to foreign tourists and NRI's regarding bookings, reservations, itinerary planning and other inquiries . There are  staff available at the bureau who speak some commonly used foreign languages.

Computerized reservation facilities for instant booking, reservation, fax, telex, ISD and STD are arranged by the bureau along with confirmed reservations for foreign tourists through a foreign tourist quota in all classes and trains.

The bureau arranges accommodation, retiring rooms and Rail Yatri Niwas bookings and also bedrolls in trains on demand.

Links

Official Indian Railways websites for the latest information pertaining to train travel to Goa.

bulletIndian Railways Reservation Online has status, schedules, fares, train numbers, station codes, passenger service rules, and more. 
bullet Searchable Indian Railways Timetable at the Indian Railways official website.
bulletThe official Central Railway's website has status, train schedules, etc.
bulletThe official Western Railway's website has  status, train schedules , including the super express trains, the Rajdhani  and Shatabdi.
bulletThe official Southern Railway's website has  status, train schedules, changes, etc.
bulletThe official Konkan Railway's website has information on train schedule changes etc.
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Other official Indian Railways websites for travel elsewhere in India   

bulletThe official Northern Railway website
bulletThe official South-Central Railway website
bulletThe official South-Eastern Railway  (Nagpur division) website
bulletThe official East Central Railway,  (Hajipur division) website
bulletThe official West Central Railway,  (Jabalpur division) website 
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