Plan your travel early to get discounts on train tickets

Just like air travellers, railway passengers planning their journey in advance can now get discounts. A proposal in this regard has been submitted by a fare review committee, which is under consideration of the Railway Board.

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In a report submitted to the Ministry of Railways earlier this week, the committee has suggested graded discounts depending on the number of vacant seats in a train.

The move would be similar to airlines, which offer heavy discounts to those passengers who book their tickets months in advance. The officials said that depending on the number of vacant seats available at the time of booking, the committee has recommended discounts from 20% to 50%.

Also, the panel has proposed discounts for tickets booked after charts have been prepared. It has said that discounts can be offered in slots from 2 days to 2 hours before the departure of the train.

According to the panel recommendations, those passengers opting for lower berths will have to pay more, just like the air travellers who pay more for front-row seats.

However, senior citizens, pregnant women, and people with disabilities could be allotted the seats free of charge.

The committee has also suggested that fares should be increased for those trains which reach the destinations at “convenient” times such as early morning.

Also, it recommended that instead of having a flat fare, the prices should be increased during the festive seasons, and reduced during lean months.