Bangalore Shirdi  / Sainagar Garib Rath Express train

The Garib Rath express train is one of the premier trains introduced by the Indian Railways in 2005 to provide fully air-conditioned travel to those passengers who could not afford the expensive tickets of the fully air-conditioned coaches as in Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.

Therefore, the Garib Rath, whose name means “Poor Man’s Chariot”, was introduced with the facilities of being fully air-conditioned and running faster than most other super-fast express trains running presently.

The maximum speed of Garib Rath trains is 130 km/hr which is the same as Rajdhani’s top speed. However, in Garib Rath trains, passengers are not normally provided with blankets and pillow and they have to pay extra to get those. Garib Rath trains are also slated to have many amenities such as fridge, microwave oven, tv, cooler, fan, toaster. They have continuous running electronic display which will show distance remaining, next station name and expected time to reach there. The coaches are also decorated with beautiful paintings of Indian heritage artwork. The emergence of the Garib Rath has led to more connections between commercially important routes, where these trains run faster and make fewer stops.

Bangalore Shirdi / Sainagar Bangalore / Yeswantpur Garib Rath Express train stops at Yelhanka, Dodballapur, Hindupur, Dharmavaram, Anantapur, Guntakal, Bellary, Toranagallu, Hospet, Koppal, Gadag, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Solapur, Daund, Ahmednagar, Belapur, and Puntamba on both sides of its journey.

This train has all compartments comprising of AC 3 Tier Class of Journey. The Comprehensive details such as train name, their numbers, and days of run and other related information are provided underneath in the table.

Bangalore Shirdi Garib Rath Express Train
Details Yeswantpur Sainagar Garib Rath Express Shirdi Bangalore Garib Rath Express
Train Number 0685 0686
Days of Run Only on Tuesday Only on Wednesday
Originating station Bangalore Yeswantpur Shirdi Sainagar
Departure Time 0730 Hrs 1820 Hrs
Destination Station Shirdi Sainagar Bangalore Yeswantpur
Arrival time 0800 Hrs 2000 Hrs
Time taken 24 Hrs and 30 Minutes 25 Hrs and 40 Minutes
Distance covered 1169 kilometers 1152 kilometers
Average Running Speed 47.72 Kilometers per hour 45.18 Kilometers per hour
Fare AC 3 Tier Rs 622 Rs 622

Yeswantpur Junction Railway Station

Station Code YPR

General Enquiry 131

Reservation Enquiry 132

It may please be noted that if you are calling these numbers from outside of Yeswantpur / Bangaluru then prefix it with the STD Code of Yeswantpur / Bangaluru which is 080. For example if you are calling 131 then please dial it as 080131.

Yeswantpur Junction Railway Station is served by the South Western Railways. Nanded-Bangalore Express, Hampi Express, Rani Chennamma Express, Basava Express and Yeswantpur-Howrah Express touch this station. The railway department has provided computerized reservation facility. The main station next to Yeswantpur is Bangalore City Junction Railway Station. Just 10 km from Yeswantpur is Bangalore. Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport.

Amenities at Yeswantpur railway station

  • Waiting rooms
  • Retiring rooms
  • Computerized reservation offices
  • Tourist information centers
  • Medical and general shops,
  • Refreshment / snacks room
  • Book stalls and STD /PCO booths.
  • Wheel Chairs and Stretchers.
  • Internet Browsing Hubs.

Distances of major landmarks in Bangalore from Yeswantpur junction railway station

Many landmark locations of Bangalore like Hotel Grand Ashok is 13 kilometers, Taj West End 12 kilometers, MG Road 16 kilometers, Vidhan Soudha (The State legislative assembly building) 13 kilometers, Bangalore International Airport 40 kilometers, Jayanagar 17 kilometers, and Malleswaram Market is 14 kilometers from this station.

Shirdi Sainagar Railway Station

Station Code SNSI

General Enquiry 131

Reservation Enquiry 132

Train Arrival & Dep 133

It may please be noted that if you are calling these numbers from outside of Shirdi then prefix it with the STD Code of Shirdi, which is 02423. For example if you are calling 131 then please dial it as 02423131.

Until the mid 2009, there was no railway station at Shirdi town. One had to either reach Manmad or Kopergaon by train or then take a bus to Shirdi from there two railway stations. Manmad is 58 Kms. from Shirdi and Kopergaon is 16 Kms. from Shirdi town. Shirdi Railway Station was inaugurated in the year 2009. The name of the railway station is “Sainagar Shirdi” railway station. There are trains from major cities of India to Shirdi railway station.

Amenities at Shirdi Sainagar Railway station

  • Waiting rooms
  • Retiring rooms
  • Computerized reservation office
  • Tea stalls
  • Refreshment room both vegetarian and non vegetarian
  • Book stalls
  • STD / PCO booth

Places of Tourist Interest in and around Shirdi

After visiting the Saibaba temple you can also visit tourist places, which are near the Shirdi temple. You can get the travel facilities outside the temple.

Shani Shingnapur

A temple devoted to Lord Shani is located here at Shani Shingnapur. Shani Shingnapur is an important Shrine for Lord Shani. There is a stone pillar, which is supposed to embody the image of lord Shani, which is worshipped with deep respect and reverence.

It is located halfway between Shirdi and Aurangabad. Shani Singnapur is located at a distance of 75 kms from Shirdi (roughly 1.5 hrs journey). One can take buses, jeeps or private cabs from Shirdi to visit this place. Bus package tour from Mumbai to Shirdi also covers this place.

Tryambakeshwar Temple

A temple devoted to Lord Shiva is located here. Tryambakeshwar is one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at a distance of 100 kms from Shirdi at Nasik on the Shirdi Mumbai road. Devotees coming from Mumbai in private vehicles generally stop here before proceeding towards Shirdi

Ajanta & Ellora Caves

It is located at the distance of 144 kilometers from Shirdi. The 29 Ajanta caves were hidden deep in the Sahyadari hills. The caves were discovered in the beginning of the 19th century. The caves mainly display the story of Buddhism.

The 34 Ellora caves are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill. These caves represent the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

Content updated in January 2020

1 comment to Bangalore Shirdi Garib Rath Express


    Shirdi is a pilgrimage centre with SAIBABA’s shrine. Shirdi should be well connected by rail & road to the major towns of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Orissa, Delhi and many states to enable the comfort of the devotees. To clear the extra rush of the shani bhagawan devotees bound to shanishignapur by travelling by cars making costly expenditures travelling by cars, a new railway line should be introduced to shani shignapur without any inconvenience. A new university called sainath university should be established in Shirdi providing, all courses in Shirdi Degree, Engineering, Medicines etc. for the rural infrastructure in Shirdi. The town shall have facilities like water, food, education, employment, road, rail, market, etc., which is more needed for the town. Shirdi should be made as an administrative corner in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

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