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Shatabdi express trains in India are a little “higher class” than the most long-distance trains (example) and local passenger trains (example).

 

Shatabdi express train chair car class CC seats inside train. Is chair car okay? What's the difference with executive chair car EC. Backpacking India travel blog

 

These aren’t luxury trains, but they do give you a little extra comfort. 

There are different class tickets you can book, most notably the chair car class (CC) and executive chair car class (EC). 

These train classes both have AC.

 

Shatabdi express train chair car class CC seats inside train. Is chair car okay? What's the difference with executive chair car EC. Backpacking India travel blog

 

Is chair car fine?!

Honestly, having been on the train in both the regular chair car and the executive chair car, I really didn’t feel too much of a difference. 

I guess that there is a little less room in the regular chair car.

And since the tickets are slightly cheaper in CC, it probably gets more bookings. This might mean there’s a greater chance of full or close to full occupancy in CC compared to EC.

But this is something that probably won’t make too much of a difference when you’re on the train.

 

 

How about the food in the Shatabdi CC?

Shatabdi express train chair car class CC train. food menu. Backpacking India travel blog

 

Shatabdi trains come with food automatically with your ticket.

It does seem like CC gets food served after EC.

So this means waiting a little bit longer for food.

 

 

Now…

PHOTOS inside the Shatabdi CC train!

Shatabdi express train chair car CC seats inside AC train. Backpacking India travel blog

Shatabdi express train chair car CC seats inside AC train. Backpacking India travel blog



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Shatabdi express train chair car CC luggage storage. Backpacking India travel blog

Shatabdi express train chair car CC luggage storage. Backpacking India travel blog

Shatabdi express train chair car CC seats inside AC train. Backpacking India travel blog

Shatabdi express train chair car CC seats inside AC train. Backpacking India travel blog

Shatabdi express train chair car CC seats inside AC train. Backpacking India travel blog

Shatabdi express train chair car CC seats inside AC train. Backpacking India travel blog

 

And now you can see a little of what it’s like inside the Shatabdi EC executive class! (Really, you might not be able to tell much of a difference from these pictures!)

See the breakfast food I got in Shatabdi CC, too!

Or, have a look at “normal” trains in India, including what it’s like to take a train with a general class ticket and what it’s like to take a local passenger train

 

HAPPY TRAIN RIDE IN THE SHATABDI CHAIR CAR!

 

 

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