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Bookings start for first commercial run of Vande Bharat Express on Feb 17

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Bookings have started for the first commercial run of the Vande Bharat Express, billed as India's fastest train, on February 17 between and Varanasi, railways said Thursday.

Tickets can be bought over the counter or booked on

Train 18, which was recently renamed as Vande Bharat Express by Piyush Goyal, became the country's fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-route.

However, speed restrictions on the route will mean that the new train set can hit a maximum speed of 130 kmph.

The train will leave the national capital at 6 am and reach at 2 pm. On the same day, it will leave at 3pm and reach at 11 pm. will operate for five days in a week, except on Monday and Thursday.

From to Varanasi, an air-conditioned will cost Rs 1,760 and the class fare will be Rs 3,310, while in the return journey, a will cost Rs 1,700 and that of a seat in the class Rs 3,260. Both fares are inclusive of catering charges.

The are 1.4 times the base price of Shatabdi trains running the same distance and that of the class 1.3 times of a first class air-conditioned ticket in the premium train.

is a all air-conditioned luxury train and will take around eight hours to travel between Delhi and Varanasi, halting at only two stations - and

The tatkal quota would be five per cent of the total accommodation for the respective classes on the Vande Bharat Express, and no concessions or a different fare for a child passenger are being offered, the railways said.

"However, passes of MPs, coupons of MLAs, other coupons, military/para military warrants and others having fully reimbursable fare to railways shall be allowed. Booking shall be allowed only on duty passes for railway servants.

"No other railway passes like privilege, complimentary, post retirement complimentary passes shall be permissible in this train," a railway order said.

The ticket fares between Delhi and will be Rs 1,090 in the chair car (CC) class and Rs 2,105 in the executive class (EC) for a distance of 447 km, it said.

Between Delhi and (642 km), the ticket price for CC class will be Rs 1,395 and Rs 2,750 for the class, and (195 km), the price for CC will be Rs 595 and for Rs 1,170, the order said.

The price of ticket between Kanpur and Varanasi (319 km) will be Rs 1,020 and Rs 1,815 for CC and classes respectively. The train will have differently priced meals as well, it said.

Tickets include meal charges.Passengers travelling from to Varanasi in the executive class will be charged Rs 399 for morning tea, breakfast and lunch, and travellers in the chair car Rs 344 for the same.

Those travelling from to Kanpur and will be charged Rs 155 and Rs 122 for executive and CC classes, respectively. From Varanasi to New Delhi, passengers Rs 349 in the executive class and Rs 288 in chair car, according to the order.

Passengers cannot opt out of meals. But those travelling from Allahabad to Varanasi and on the return journey Varanasi to Allahabad can opt out of meals, saving Rs 222 on CC tickets and Rs 244 on EC tickets by opting out of the meals provided by the IRCTC.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 15:55 IST