Shatabdi Express Trains in India

Shatabdi Express trains are a series of superfast short distance passenger trains operated by Indian Railways to connect Metro cities with other cities important for tourism, pilgrimage or business which do not involve night travel.

The word “Shatabdi” means centenary in Sanskrit, Hindi and several Indian languages. The first Shatabdi train was started in 1988 to commemorate the centenary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s Birthday (the First Prime Minister of India) by Madhav Rao Scindia, minister for railways. It operated from New Delhi to Gwalior, later extended to Jhansi Jn. railway station, then finally to Bhopal Junction. It is now known as the Bhopal Shatabdi Express.

Shatabdi Express trains are day-trains and they return to the station of origin the same day. The Shatabdis are among the fastest trains in India and the Indian Railways considers them as prestigious. The Shatabdi Express trains run over short to medium distances while the Rajdhani Expresses are long-distance trains connecting the nation’s capital New Delhi to capitals of states. Both series of trains have a regular speed of 100-130 kilometers per hour. The 2001 Bhopal Shatabdi Express, however, runs at a peak speed of 150 kilometers per hour in some stretches of its journey, which makes it the fastest train in India.

Service in Shatabdi Express Trains

Shatabdi Express trains offer fast connectivity with only a few intermediate stops. They are fully air-conditioned and of a much higher standard than most Indian trains.

Berths and seats in Shatabdi Express trains have to be reserved in advance before boarding the train. There is no unreserved accommodation in these trains, unlike most of the other trains in India. A few Shatabdis have a current booking system where tickets can be booked within a couple of hours before departure. Even these have seat numbers indicated on them, unlike the normal current booking system on other trains in India where no seat or coach numbers are indicated.

As Shatabdi Express are day-trains and return to the station of origin the same day, most of the coaches on the train have only air-conditioned seats (called AC Chair Car or CC) and not berths. All the Shatabdi Express trains have, however, one coach of first class air-conditioned seating. These coaches have wider leg room and offer better food compared to the normal Air conditioned seating (CC).

Facilities in Shatabdi Express Trains

Shatabdi Express travelers are provided with snacks, breakfast, meals, coffee or tea, a one-litre water bottle and a glass of canned juice. There is also facility available to make STD & ISD calls from these trains. This train has two classes of travel namely AC Chair Car & 1St Class AC Chair Car Seats. New on board entertainment systems have also been installed on some of these trains where the passengers can view movies and television serials directly via satellite. One of the first services to have this system is the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Shatabdi Express.

Cities Serviced by Shatabdi Express Trains

Most of the prominent cities of India are serviced by Shatabdi Express Trains, and they are – Pune Junction, Secunderabad Junction, Bhopal Junction, New Delhi Railway Station,

Lucknow NR, Kalka, Chennai Central, Mysore Junction, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad Junction, Amritsar Junction, Ajmer Junction, Dehradun, Howrah Junction, Ranchi,

Bangalore City Junction and Kanpur Central Station.

Shatabdi Trains in India

As of now there are 15 pairs of Shatabdi trains plying in various sections of Indian Railways. The comprehensive list is provided in the table underneath.

Shatabdi Express trains list and schedule

 

Train No Train Name Source Station Dept. Time Destination Arr. Time
0163 SC SHATABDI PUNE JN 06:00 SECUNDERABAD JN 14:30
0164 PUNE SHATABDI S SECUNDERABAD JN 15:20 PUNE JN 23:55
12001 NDLS SHATABDI E BHOPAL JN 14:40 NEW DELHI 22:30
12002 BHOPAL SHTBDI NEW DELHI 06:15 BHOPAL JN 14:05
12003 LKO SWRAN SHTBD LUCKNOW NR 15:35 NEW DELHI 22:05
12004 LKO SWRAN SHTBD NEW DELHI 06:15 LUCKNOW NR 12:30
12005 KALKA SHTBDI NEW DELHI 17:15 KALKA 21:20
12006 KALKA SHTBDI KALKA 06:15 NEW DELHI 10:25
12007 SHATABDI EXP CHENNAI CENTRAL 06:00 MYSORE JN 13:00
12008 SHATABDI EXP MYSORE JN 14:15 CHENNAI CENTRAL 21:25
12009 SHATABDI EXP MUMBAI CENTRAL 06:25 AHMEDABAD JN 13:10
12010 SHATABDI EXP AHMEDABAD JN 14:30 MUMBAI CENTRAL 21:35
12011 KALKA SHTBDI NEW DELHI 07:40 KALKA 11:45
12012 KALKA SHTBDI KALKA 17:45 NEW DELHI 21:55
12013 AMRITSAR SHTBDI NEW DELHI 16:30 AMRITSAR JN 22:35
12014 AMRITSAR SHTBDI AMRITSAR JN 05:00 NEW DELHI 11:15
12015 AJMER SHTBDI NEW DELHI 06:05 AJMER JN 12:40
12016 AJMER SHTBDI AJMER JN 15:50 NEW DELHI 22:40
12017 DEHRADUN SHTBDI NEW DELHI 06:50 DEHRADUN 12:40
12018 DEHRADUN SHTBDI DEHRADUN 17:00 NEW DELHI 22:45
12019 SHATABDI EXPRESS HOWRAH JN 06:05 RANCHI 13:10
12020 SHATABDI EXPRES RANCHI 13:45 HOWRAH JN 21:10
12027 SHATABDI EXP CHENNAI CENTRAL 17:30 BANGALORE CY JN 22:30
12028 SHATABDI EXP BANGALORE CY JN 06:00 CHENNAI CENTRAL 11:00
12029 SWARNA SHTBDI NEW DELHI 07:20 AMRITSAR JN 13:25
12030 SWARNA SHTBDI AMRITSAR JN 16:55 NEW DELHI 23:05
12031 AMRITSAR SHTBDI NEW DELHI 07:20 AMRITSAR JN 13:25
12032 AMRITSAR SHTBDI AMRITSAR JN 16:55 NEW DELHI 23:05
12033 CNB NDLS SHT KANPUR CENTRAL 06:00 NEW DELHI 11:10
12034 NDLS CNB SHT NEW DELHI 15:55 KANPUR CENTRAL 20:50
12037 NDLS LDH SHTBDI NEW DELHI 07:00 LUDHIANA JN 12:20
12038 LDH NDLS SHTBDI LUDHIANA JN 16:40 NEW DELHI 22:05
12039 KGM ANVT SHT KATHGODAM 15:45 ANAND VIHAR TRM 21:15
12040 ANVT KGM SHT ANAND VIHAR TRM 06:15 KATHGODAM 11:50

 

 


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