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What’s the difference between Indian Railway AC Chair car, 2 Tier AC and 3 Tier AC compartments ?

Here’s the excerpt from Wikipedia

The First Class AC: This is the most expensive class, with fares which can be on par with airlines. Bedding is included with the fare in IR. This air conditioned coach is present only on popular routes between metropolitan cities and can carry 18 passengers. The coaches are carpeted, have sleeping accommodation and have privacy features like personal coupes.

AC-Two tier: Air conditioned coaches with sleeping berths, ample leg room, curtains and individual reading lamps. Berths are usually arranged in two tiers in bays of six, four across the width of the coach then the gangway then two berths longways, with curtains provided to give some privicy from those walking up and down. Bedding is included with the fare. A broad gauge coach can carry 48 passengers.

First Class: Same as 1AC, without the air conditioning. Such coaches are not very common.

AC Three tier: Air conditioned coaches with sleeping berths. Berths are usually arranged as in 2AC but with three tiers across the width and two longways as before giving eight bays of eight. They are slightly less well appointed, usually no reading lights or curtained off gangways. Bedding is included with fare. It carries 64 passengers in broad gauge.

Note :- Power plug points are provided on some AC coaches, depends on your luck. One important thing about the power provided is that its 110V AC and not the standard Indian AC voltage 230V AC. For laptops and mobile chargers its okay as most of the current adapters have SMPS that can tolerate input supplies from 100 to 260V AC.

AC Chair Car: An air-conditioned seater coach with a total of five seats in a row used for day travel between cities.

Executive Class Chair Car: An air-conditioned seater coach with a total of four seats in a row used for day travel between cities.

Sleeper Class: The sleeper class is the most common coach, and usually up to ten coaches could be attached. These are regular sleeping coaches with three berths vertically stacked. In broad gauge, it carries 72 passengers per coach.

Seater class: same as AC Chair car, but without the air-conditioning.

General: The cheapest accommodation, with seats made of pressed wood. A seat may not be guaranteed and tickets are issued usually two hours before the scheduled departure of the train. These coaches are usually heavily crowded.


Now what I wanted to note was AC 3tier is more expensive than AC Chair car but Indian Railway Catering and Tourism (IRCTC) doesn’t give any benefit for AC 3 Tier  travel  while using Shubh Yatra Card. BTW the card is the Frequent Traveler card provided with an initial charge. The only benefit apart from getting free tickets on reaching 500 points is that you don’t have to purchase platform tickets when you have the card. Its unfair in not giving points for AC 3 tier as the charges are higher than AC chair car. I wonder who gave such great ideas to Indian Railways


  • Amit
    Posted November 22, 2007 at 7:24 am | Permalink

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  • Dinesh Gurav
    Posted February 1, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I really apreciate this information. I was eager to know the exact difference among these Indian Railway Class. I got the same.

    In addition to that I also want a EXCEL file with which I can calculate the railway fare between two cities.

  • Sunil Patel
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I want to know How many seats are available in AC Chair coach

  • pratish
    Posted July 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    gr8 info….

  • R Balasundar
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I want to know what is the difference in suspension, vibration and comfort between differenct classes like FC, 2A and 3A

  • Balamurugan
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    it is useful message, thanks.

  • Udit Goel
    Posted August 15, 2008 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Hey Thanks a lot..
    was looking for power plug info for trains…

    now they shud provide it everywhere..
    thanks again..

  • Aman Deep
    Posted September 12, 2008 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I want to know about the gerenal seats status

  • Posted November 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the info

  • Sudhir
    Posted December 26, 2008 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Tell me loation of seat

  • Tarun Mahajan
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    That was a very useful piece of information. Thanks for your effort.

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    Posted January 19, 2009 at 9:47 am | Permalink

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  • M. Irfan
    Posted March 31, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info

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