Vande Bharat Express, India’s Fastest Train Inaugurated By PM Modi; Here Are The Fare, Schedule Details
Vande Bharat is India's fastest train, and fully Make in India
India’s fastest train: Train18, now called Vande Bharat Express, has been officially inaugurated today. PM Modi flagged off this train from New Delhi Railway Station, bound for Varanasi.
Varanasi is also PM Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.
History Created: Vande Bharat Express Is Now Live
Vande Bharat Express, which was previously called Train18, is India’s fastest train. It will run at 180 kmph speed, a feat which no other train has been able to beat.
During commercial operations, the train will run at 160 kmph, between New Delhi and Varanasi as of now.
Food will be provided by high end brands like Nescafe, Chaayos, Pind Balluchi and Landmark Hotel, and passengers will get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, all inclusive of the ticket.
Vande Bharat/Train18 Schedule
As of now, the train will run between New Delhi and Varanasi 5 days a week. It will not run on Monday and Thursday.
Train bookings for this fastest train of India will commence from February 17th, 2019.
The train numebrs are 22435 (Varanasi-New Delhi) and 22436 (New Delhi-Varanasi), and will leave New Delhi at morning 6, and reach Varanasi at 2 PM.
While returning from Varanasi, the train will start at 3 PM, and reach New Delhi at 11 PM.
Vande Bharat Train Fares
The fare is no doubt expensive, compared to other premium trains like Shatabdi and Rajdhani.
Compared to AC Chair Car fare of Shatabdi Express, the fare is 1.4 times more, and compared to Executive Class of Shatabdi Express, the fare is 1.3 times more.
While going from New Delhi to Varanasi, a ticket on AC Chair car will cost Rs 1760, and while coming back from Varanasi to New Delhi, the fare will be Rs 1700.
For Executive Class, the fare from New Delhi to Varanasi will be Rs 3310, and while coming back from Varanasi to New Delhi, the price of Executive Class ticket will Rs 3260.
The train will have no concession for senior citizens or children. Only MP passes, MLA coupons and military warrants can avail concessions.
In order to stop stone pelting, and damage to the coaches, special frames have been installed.