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Feb 13 (00:23) Vande Bharat Express: Speed, ticket prices, route, timings, meals and more (www.cntraveller.in)
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The state-of-the-art Train 18 will run as Vande Bharat Express starting this weekend. Here’s what you need to know
Train 18, India’s first fully made-in-India train, is set to roll. India’s fastest train yet will be officially sent on its way as Vande Bharat Express by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 February. Why is this such a big deal? Because it’s all set to break a few records and make a smashing statement. Read on:
What’s the top speed of Train 18?
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18 will be India’s fastest train. It has recorded a top speed of 180 km/hr during test runs. However, on commercial runs, it will hit a maximum speed of 160 km/hr, which is the maximum that India’s railway tracks can safely handle. Regarded as the successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express (the third fastest train in the country), Train 18 will cut travel time by 15%.
Vande Bharat Express: Schedule and timing
On its first deployment, it will run as the Vande Bharat Express covering a distance of 752km from Delhi to Varanasi in 8 hours.
It will leave New Delhi Railway Station at 6am and arrive at its destination at 2pm.
On its way back, Vande Bharat Express will leave Varanasi at 3pm and reach Delhi by 11pm.
There will be only two stops along the way: Kanpur and Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad).
Vande Bharat Express: Ticket fares and seating classes
The Vande Bharat Express will have two categories of coaches: Executive Class and Chair Car. Fares will vary depending on which direction you are travelling in. The earlier fares for a New Delhi-Varanasi journey were priced between Rs1,850 (Chair Car) to Rs3,520 (Executive Class). However, the fares have now been reduced marginally. The revised fares are:
New Delhi to Varanasi: Rs1,760 (Chair Car); Rs3,310 (Executive Class)
Varanasi-New Delhi: Rs 1,700 (Chair Car);Rs 3,260 (Executive Class)
Delhi-Kanpur :Rs 1,090 (Chair Car); Rs 2,105 (Executive Class)
Delhi-Prayagraj: Rs 1,395 (Chair Car); Rs 2,750 (Executive Class)
Kanpur-Prayagraj: Rs 595 (Chair Car); Rs 1,170 (Executive Class)
Kanpur-Varanasi: Rs 1,020 (Chair Car); Rs 1,815 (Executive Class)
Food on the Vande Bharat Express
Meal plans on the Vande Bharat Express vary based on how far you are travelling. Passengers will not be able to opt out of these planned meals. Only those travelling on the first or last leg of the journey will have that option. Here’s how the meals are priced:
New Delhi-Varanasi: Rs 344 (Chair car); Rs 399 (Executive class)
Varanasi- New Delhi: Rs 288 (Chair car); Rs 349 (Executive class)
New Delhi-Kanpur and Prayagraj: Rs 122 (Chair car); Rs 155 (Executive class)
Train 18: Amenities and conveniences
The Vande Bharat Express will have several amenities that bring it at par with some of the best commuter trains in the world. Train 18 is designed to have Wi-Fi, LED screens for infotainment, GPS-based tracking, modular toilets with bio-vacuum flushes, disabled-friendly toilets, interconnected rotational seats (Executive Class), automatic doors between compartments and a mini-pantry with state-of-the-art equipment.
Train 18: the story behind the name
From concept to prototype, Train 18 was built at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory in a record time of 18 months, hence the name. For commercial operations, Indian Railways invited suggestions from the people for a name: Vande Bharat Express was picked as the winner.
Train 18: Photos
They’re calling it state-of-the-art and certainly looks the part. Here are some photos of the spanking new Train 18:
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