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So you’re backpacking around South India, and you’re going from…

 

Madurai…

 

Madurai to Alleppey Kerala bus. best things to do in Madurai. Backpacking South India

 

…to…

 

Alleppey!

 

Madurai to Alleppey Kerala bus. best things to do in Alleppey Kerala backwaters. Backpacking South India

 

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey by taking an overnight bus (in part)

aka how to get to Kerala!

 

The quick list:

 

If that seems a bit complicated…

First, it’s really not!

Second, the even quicker list to make it seem more simple!

 

You are going:

  • Madurai to Cochin overnight sleeper bus
  • Cochin to Alleppey local bus

 

 

Buy your bus ticket to Cochin

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey bus to Kerala. best way. How to buy book bus tickets for Madurai to Cochin. Backpacking South India

 

Arrive at bus departure point in Madurai

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey bus to Kerala. best way. Madurai to Cochin bus. Near Mattuthavani bus station, omni bus stand, pick-up point. Backpacking South India

 

Get on the bus to Cochin

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey bus to Kerala. best way. Madurai to Cochin bus. Near Muttuthavani bus station, omni bus stand, departure timing pick-up point. Backpacking South India

 

Enjoy the bus ride! (And SLEEP!)

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Get off the bus at Ernakulam drop-off point

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Get a rickshaw to main Ernakulam bus station

Madurai to Alleppey bus. Best way. Rickshaw to Ernakulam bus station, Cochin. Backpacking South India travel blog

 

Get on a bus to Alleppey

Madurai to Alleppey bus. Best way. Cochin to Alleppey bus at Ernakulam bus station. Backpacking South India travel blog

 

Get off the bus at Alleppey bus station

Madurai to Alleppey bus. Best way. Cochin to Alleppey bus, arrival timing at Alleppey bus station. Backpacking South India travel blog

 

Get a rickshaw to your Alleppey Beach hostel!

Madurai to Alleppey bus. Best way. Rickshaw to Alleppey Beach hostel budget accommodation for backpackers. Backpacking South India travel blog

For budget accommodation, go for a rooftop stay to wake up with ocean views!

 

Visit Alleppey and the Kerala backwaters!

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey bus to Kerala. best way. visit best things to do in Alleppey Kerala backwaters. Backpacking South India

Take your pick with the best things to do in Alleppey in one day that includes the Kerala backwaters: canoe, kayaking, or ferry!

 

 

How long does the bus journey take to get to Alleppey?

So just to give you an idea of what the bus timings were like for me:

  • 9:00pm – Depart Madurai bus stop
  • 5:30am – Arrive Ernakulam bus stop
  • 5:35am – Arrive Ernakulam bus station
  • 6:00am – Depart Ernakulam bus station (Main Cochin bus station)
  • 7:40am – Arrive Alleppey bus station! 

 

So to get from Madurai to Cochin was around 8.5 hours.

And then to get from Cochin to Alleppey was a little over 1.5 hours.

So total time on bus was around 10 hours, and the journey from the start of the first bus to the end of the last bus took  10.5 hours. 

 

 

How much does this bus journey cost?

I paid 840 rupees (US$12) for my Madurai to Cochin bus ticket. (AC sleeper bus.)

Then I paid 122 rupees (US$2) for my Cochin to Alleppey bus ticket. (AC local bus.)

So in total, it was 962 rupees (US$14) to get from Madurai to Alleppey.

 

 

Direct bus from Madurai to Alleppey?

I generally don’t mind taking overnight buses in India.

But one of the main reasons I don’t mind it is because I can generally get some sleep.

And the way I am able to get sleep is if it’s a sleeper bus!

 

Well, at the time I was looking, the only direct bus that’s available from Madurai to Alleppey seemed to be a regular seated bus.

If you don’t mind being in a seated position all night, and getting to Alleppey directly is more important to you, then you might just consider getting the overnight bus from Madurai to Alleppey.

 

But I wasn’t interested in that.

So I did what seemed like the next best thing for how to get from Madurai to Alleppey:

  • Overnight sleeper bus from Madurai to Cochin
  • Local bus from Cochin to Alleppey

 

 

Is there a Madurai to Alleppey train?

Madurai to Alleppey bus or train - Madurai train station for Madurai to Kerala train. Backpacking South India

 

There is a train that goes from Madurai to Alleppey.

But with a scheduled arrival timing of 2am (and possibly later with delays), I find this train timing to not be good at all.

And then there’s the thing where with a possible 10+ hour train ride, you will probably want to reserve your seat to make sure you have room. 

That will likely require booking your train ticket well in advance. 

 

But if you don’t mind roughing it (i.e. no reservation in advance and possibly on a crowded train with no seat)…

And you don’t mind showing up in the middle of the night…

And you are certain your accommodation will accept you at an odd time…

Then you may even just consider this train to Alleppey an option.

You can opt for general class which means you’ll just buy your train ticket at the Madurai train station right before you board the train. 

With this option though, a seat (and comfort!) isn’t guaranteed!

I don’t mind taking generally class during the day for shorter journeys, but if I’m traveling at night and on a long train ride, I would much prefer to have my own seat!

And so for me, train was out as an option for getting from Madurai to Alleppey! 

 

 

So…

When you’re headed to Alleppey from Madurai by bus…

 

How to buy tickets for bus to Cochin

In short, I booked my Madurai to Cochin bus ticket through redbus.

It’s also possible to buy bus tickets through a travel agency when you’re in Madurai.

You’ll find a ton of private bus company offices at the Omni bus stand in Madurai, near the Mattuthavani bus station which is a major bus terminal in Madurai.

 

Booking redbus tickets

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. redbus. Backpacking South India

 

If your search comes up empty, you might have to select another “Cochin” option.

When I was buying my bus ticket, I had to be sure my destination was just “Cochin” instead of “Cochin/Ernakulam.” There were no buses listed for the destination Cochin/Ernakulam. 

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai to Ernakulam bus. How to buy bus tickets to Kerala. redbus. Backpacking South India

 

So once you put in your departure and arrival points, you’ll get a list of bus options.

This may include both government bus options, as well as private bus companies.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. private bus company or government local bus timings. Backpacking South India

 

Since I was going for a sleeper seat, government bus wasn’t an option for this bus journey for me, so I was looking at the private bus options.

I generally don’t pay attention to a specific bus company or the reviews, and I’ll mostly just go for the seat type as a determining factor. (Many of the bad reviews seem to be “bus was late.”)

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. private bus timings. Backpacking South India

 

So you can click on each option to see what seats are available here too.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. available seats, sold out. Backpacking South India

 

This is where you’ll also select your seat.

You’ll find that some buses have “double” sleeper seats and “single” sleeper seats. (That’s the “2+1” you’ll see when looking at your bus options.)

 

Single sleeper seat

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. overnight sleeper bus, single. 2+1. Backpacking South India

 

Double sleeper seat

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. overnight sleeper bus, double. 2+1. Backpacking South India

 

So this means that if you’re traveling alone, you probably want to book the sleeper seat to avoid having to sleep next to a stranger.

 

You can also choose between lower berth and upper berth.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. lower or upper seats. Backpacking South India

 

I try to go for lower and towards the front as much as possible, as I feel the bus ride will be less bumpy this way.

 

Once you select your seat, you’ll be prompted to choose a boarding point in Madurai.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. bus timings, Madurai pick-up locations. Omni bus stand, near Mattuthavani bus station. Backpacking South India

 

The best way to know which location is closest to you is really just to use Google Maps to try to figure it out.

In the case of this bus from Madurai, it could also be easiest to board the bus at the starting location, even if another pick-up location is closer to you. 

I boarded at the first point, called the Omni bus stand that is located near the Mattuthavani bus terminal. The Mattuthavani bus station is is one of the main bus stations in Madurai.

This ended up being a little further from my hostel than another location I could have chosen (like the Periyar bus stand), but I still felt good about choosing to board at the Omni bus stand since it seemed like there’d be a good chance that there was a company bus office here. 

 

Then you’ll be prompted to choose a drop-off location in Cochin.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. bus timings, Cochin arrival locations, drop-off points. for Ernakulam bus station, for Ernakulam train station, for Fort Kochi. Backpacking South India

 

With your final destination being Alleppey, you’ll want to get off at Ernakulam, since you want to go to the Ernakulam bus station to catch your bus to Alleppey. 

 

And then, once you’ve selected your drop-off point, you’ll fill out your info!

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. pay for ticket. Backpacking South India

 

I was able to put in my US number (although they didn’t send any notifications to it).

I was also able to pay using my US credit card. 

When I used redbus to book another ticket a few weeks prior, it did require a second attempt, as the first attempt was declined by my credit card company as potentially suspicious behavior.

So if your foreign credit card doesn’t work, check your text messages and email to see if this is the case.

 

Then, once the booking went through, I received 2 emails.

 

One was from redbus…

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. redbus mobile ticket email. Backpacking South India

 

And then another one seemed to be specifically for the bus company I booked with. (SPS Travels)

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. How to buy bus tickets. SPS travels mobile ticket email. Backpacking South India

 

All you’ll need is these emails on your phone to board the bus. You don’t need a printout. 

I took a screenshot of both emails for easy access later on. 

 

 

Arrive at bus departure point in Madurai

SPS Travels booking office

So the bus company I went through was SPS Travels.

They have an office in Madurai at the Omni bus stand, and that’s where my boarding point was.

Again, this was near the Mattuthavani bus station, a major bus terminal in Madurai.

The Omni bus stand seems to be a major bus terminal for private bus companies.

 

I took a rickshaw to get there, and the driver seemed to immediately know Mattuthavani, as well as where the private bus companies depart from. 

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Rickshaw to Mattuthavani bus station. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Rickshaw to Madurai omni bus stand near Mattuthavani bus station. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Rickshaw to Madurai omni bus stand near Mattuthavani bus station. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand street. Backpacking South India

 

Once you turn onto the street with all the private buses, there’s a row of buses on one side, and a row of shops or offices for the different bus companies on the other side.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, private bus company office shops. Backpacking South India

 

In the booking e-mail, it said that the departure point was “shop number 15” at the Omni bus stand.

So once on the street, it was a matter of looking for #15!

There are numbers located right on the signs.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, private bus company office shops. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, private bus company office shops. Backpacking South India

 

So once I got to shop number 15, I went inside the SPS Travels office to confirm the bus and that I was in the right spot.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, mattuthavani, SPS travels office shop. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, mattuthavani, SPS travels office shop. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, mattuthavani, SPS travels office shop. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, mattuthavani, SPS travels office shop. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand, mattuthavani, SPS travels office shop. Backpacking South India

 

Then, I waited until it was time to get on the bus. 

There’s a little waiting area inside, but it’s likely cooler outside.

There are a number of chairs, although it might be difficult to find an open spot.

You can also buy snacks and water for your bus ride at this bus stand. 

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand waiting area, mattuthavani. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand waiting area, mattuthavani. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand waiting area, mattuthavani. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand waiting area, food, snacks, water, mattuthavani. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand waiting area, food, snacks, water, mattuthavani. Backpacking South India

 

And there’s also a toilet at the Omni bus stand.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Madurai omni bus stand toilet, mattuthavani. Backpacking South India

 

 

Is Madurai safe at night?

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus. Is Madurai safe at night? omni bus stand, mattuthavani. Backpacking South India

 

At the time I was leaving, around 9pm to 10pm, and in the area I was, it was very lively with tons of people around.

This included men, women, children, and families. 

So for traveling at this time in the evening, I really don’t think there’s much of a concern in terms of night safety. 

 

 

Get on the bus to Cochin

Once it’s around 10-15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, you might want to go back into the office to see if it’s time to get on the bus yet.

I did so, and then I was pointed directly across from the office, where I could get on the bus.

 

So once it’s time…

Get on the bus!

 

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How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus to Kerala. Madurai bus departure timings - getting on the bus. sps travels. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus to Kerala. Madurai bus departure timings - getting on the bus. sps travels. Backpacking South India

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus driver seat. Backpacking South India

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeper bus interior. Backpacking South India

 

You can find your seat number on the bus ticket, and then look for the corresponding seat number on the bus.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus seat number reserved ticket. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus seat number reserved ticket. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus seat number reserved ticket. Backpacking South India

 

 

Luggage storage

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus luggage storage for suitcase. Backpacking South India

 

I couldn’t fit my suitcase under the seat like my overnight bus to Madurai, so I left it in the aisle. I wasn’t the only one doing this so I felt okay about it!

Some buses have a luggage storage compartment under the bus, and I’m not sure if this bus did or not.

I was also traveling with a backpack, which came with me to my seat. (Always keep your valuables nearby!) 

 

 

AC control

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus with AC. Backpacking South India

 

On this bus, you could control whether the air blows on you, in case you get a bit cold or hot.

 

 

Outlet for charger

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin bus with power outlet charger, light. Backpacking South India

 

Sleeper buses also generally have an outlet for you to charge your phone or other devices. 

But… this one didn’t seem to work for me.

I have successfully used the outlet on other buses though.

 

 

And then once the bus has departed Madurai…

 

Try to SLEEP!

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeping on bus. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. sleeping on bus. Backpacking South India

 

 

Rest area

The bus stopped once at a rest area that I noticed during this bus ride. 

During this rest time, you can buy some water and small snacks, and you can also use the bathroom.

This stop was at a little road-side area, at around 2:45am.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. route map location of rest area break roadside for food snacks. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. rest area break roadside for food snacks. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. rest area break roadside for food snacks. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. rest area break roadside for food snacks. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. First, Madurai to Cochin overnight bus. rest area break roadside for food snacks. Backpacking South India

 

This was around a 15 minute stop. 

The toilet was okay.

 

 

Get off the bus at Ernakulam drop-off point

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Arrival to Ernakulam Cochin. Backpacking South India

 

Since there are several stops in Cochin, you can ask the driver or other bus worker to know when your stop is. 

 

 

Get a rickshaw to main Ernakulam bus station

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Rickshaw to Ernakulam bus station, Cochin. Backpacking South India

 

Once I got off the bus in Ernakulam, I was immediately approached by a rickshaw driver.

And from there, I got a ride to the Ernakulam bus station. 

You can say that you want to get a bus to Alleppey to confirm that you’ll be taken to the main bus station.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Rickshaw to Ernakulam bus station, Cochin. Backpacking South India

 

Once you arrive at the Ernakulam bus station, you can head to the “station master office” to ask about when the next bus to Alleppey will depart.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey bus. Ernakulam bus station master. Backpacking South India

 

I decided to go for a little extra comfort and asked about the AC bus to Alleppey. I think the AC bus was the next departing bus to Alleppey anyway!

You can also ask about the non-AC bus timing, and you can expect that it will be a little cheaper. 

 

And then, you can wait for the bus to come!

You can buy food and snacks at the bus station.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey bus. Ernakulam bus station food and snacks. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey bus. Ernakulam bus station food and snacks. Backpacking South India

 

 

Is Cochin safe in the early morning?

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Is Cochin safe at night and early morning? Ernakulam bus station. Backpacking South India

 

 

At the time I was around the Ernakulam bus station, around 5am to 6am, there were quite a few people around.

So for traveling at this time in the morning, I really don’t think there’s much of a concern in terms of night safety. 

 

 

And then, once it’s time…

 

Get on the bus to Alleppey!

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey local bus. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey local AC bus seats interior. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey local AC bus seats interior. Backpacking South India

 

There’s not really a lot of space for luggage, but you can manage!

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey bus luggage storage, suitcase. Backpacking South India

 

There ended up being other bags placed around my suitcase too.

 

Since this is a local bus, you’ll pay for the bus ticket once you’re on the bus.

There will be a guy who will come around, and you can tell him you’re going to Alleppey so you can pay the appropriate amount.

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey bus. Buy local bus tickets. Backpacking South India

 

It is possible to reserve a seat number ahead of time. 

I don’t exactly know how to do this, and I don’t really think it’s all that necessary, but it’s something to be aware of so you understand in case someone tells you that you are in their seat.

I have been on this type of bus from Cochin to Alleppey twice, and I don’t think it’s much of an issue to not reserve.

 

 

Get off the bus at Alleppey bus station!

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Arrival timing Alleppey bus station. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Next, Cochin to Alleppey bus. Arrival timing Alleppey bus station. Backpacking South India

 

 

Get a rickshaw to your Alleppey Beach hostel!

You might have to walk a bit down the street to find a rickshaw. 

You can look around once you’re on the street for the direction that looks promising. 😉

This will probably be to the left. 

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Arrival timing Alleppey bus station. Backpacking South India

To the right

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Rickshaw from Alleppey bus station. Backpacking South India

To the left

 

For budget accommodation, have a look at backpacker hostels in Alleppey or a rooftop stay to wake up with ocean views!

 

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Rickshaw from Alleppey bus station to Alleppey Beach hostel for budget accommodation places to stay. Backpacking South India

How to get from Madurai to Alleppey. Rickshaw from Alleppey bus station to Alleppey Beach hostel for budget accommodation places to stay. Backpacking South India

 

 

Visit Alleppey and the Kerala backwaters!

Madurai to Alleppey. Things to do in Kerala backwaters. Backpacking South India

 

Have a look at doing some activities that include the Kerala backwaters!

 

Canoe backwaters village tour

Madurai to Alleppey. Things to do in Alleppey Kerala backwaters - canoe tour. Backpacking South India

 

Kayaking backwaters sunset tour

Madurai to Alleppey. Things to do in Alleppey Kerala backwaters - kayaking tour. Backpacking South India

 

Local ferry boat ride

Madurai to Alleppey. Things to do in Alleppey Kerala backwaters - ferry boat ride. Backpacking South India

 

And then have a look at more of some of the best things to do in Alleppey!

 

Madurai to Alleppey. Things to do in Alleppey Kerala backwaters. Backpacking South India

 

Madurai to Alleppey bus. Best way to get to Alleppey, public transportation, bus or train. Backpacking South India travel blog

 

 

HAPPY MADURAI TO ALLEPPEY BUS RIDE!

 

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How to book India train tickets online as a foreigner
If you don't want to go through the complicated process of setting up an IRCTC Indian railways account as a foreigner...
Then the most convenient way to buy train tickets online is through this booking website. I've used it, and it's super simple! You buy the ticket, and then show the electronic version on your phone once you're on the train. Compared to buying directly through an Indian ticket booking website (IRCTC account required) or directly at the train station in India, there is a small convenience fee, as well as a less flexible cancellation policy, though!

India tourist visa tip!
Access to India as a foreigner seems to be getting friendlier! There's an e-visa now and this visa fee is far less than it was before. See the current cost of an e-visa by selecting your country. That's a partner website to make the evisa application process less stressful - it's possible to apply on your own too. See about your options on how to get an e-visa for India.

Travel insurance for India - just in case!
You get travel insurance hoping that you'll never have to use it. But if you do end up needing to use it, chances are that you will be VERY happy that you did get it! See how to figure out the cost of travel insurance for India.

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