Train travel has become costly for the common man due to high fares on premium trains during the festive season. As a result, flying from Jaipur to Bangalore has become a more affordable option than taking the train. Currently, there is an express train service operating between Jaipur and Yeshwanthpur Junction, providing travelers with this convenient option. Within the Northern Railways, several trains such as Jaipur-Udaipur City, Jaipur-Hyderabad, and Jaipur-Sikar continue to operate as special trains. These services were initiated during the COVID-19 period, and their operational duration is being extended. The fares for these trains have also seen an increase of up to 30 percent.
As per the railway fare list, the individual cost for a Second AC coach on a train journey from Jaipur to Bangalore has surpassed Rs 11,000. The fare for Third AC is Rs 7,855, and for a Sleeper coach, it amounts to Rs 3,120. Meanwhile, opting for a flight from Jaipur to Bangalore proves to be relatively more economical. The airfare ranges from Rs 6,500 to 7,183, excluding any taxes or additional fees.
In the current booking, the fare for this train is only between Rs 8,000-10,000. As a result, the train tends to be relatively empty even during the festive season. Additionally, there are no special facilities on this train, which is beneficial for passengers in terms of cost.
The travel time from Jaipur to Bangalore on this train is 42 hours and 20 minutes, while the Jaipur-Mysore Express covers the same distance in 41 hours and 20 minutes, completing the journey one hour faster. Despite similar amenities on both trains, the fare for Jaipur-Mysore Express is three times higher than that of Facility Express. For Jaipur-Mysore, the Second AC costs Rs 3200, Sleeper class is Rs 850, and Third AC is Rs 2205. In contrast, the Sleeper class fare in Express is only Rs 3120.
Regarding this matter, railway officials have indicated that only a limited number of luxury express trains are in operation nationwide. These trains primarily run on the busiest routes, and their fares are relatively more than the normal rates. In this situation, only those with a greater necessity can manage to travel on these trains. As a result, the majority of tickets for these trains are accessible in the confirmed or AC class categories.
Source: Rajasthan Patrika