Train Station in Mumbai
VT Train Station in Mumbai

This guide will give you some tips on train travel in India.

Most people traveling through India take at least one train while they’re there. It’s a shame not to, as India’s trains are such an integral part of the country’s identity.

When traveling by train in India, make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your train’s scheduled departure time so that you have plenty of time to find your platform and carriage number.

Avoid the numerous touts at Indian train stations that try to offer you rickshaw rides, hotel offers, train tickets, and other dubious things.

Don’t give anyone your ticket, even if they seem to be asking for help with theirs.

Keep in mind that most trains in India run late, so make sure to leave yourself plenty of time if you book a connecting train or flight in your destination city.

Below are some helpful links with more tips for train travel in India.

Booking Trains in India

India Train Wait List Procedures

Booking Problems for India Trains

Classes of Seats on Trains in India

Train Platform and Carriage Numbers in India

India Train Seasonal Time Changes