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AC 3 Economy Class: Will it Redefine Train Travel in India?

The Indian Railway has introduced the first AC 3 tier Economy Class for North Central Railway Zone to provide a convenient traveling experience to the passengers. The Train Number 02403 Prayagraj-Jaipur (Daily) Special Express with AC 3 tier economy coach is termed as the most affordable AC train. With an 8% lower fare than the regular AC 3 tier class, these trains are expected to redefine the travel experience of Indian railways passengers.


In this regard, Railway Board has announced the addition of more AC 3 tier coaches on seven other trains to redefine train travel in India. This new move of Indian Railways will be a game-changer as it will offer a better traveling experience to the common population who cannot afford to pay a high price for traveling in AC coaches. Browse for more information on preview and features of the conventional first AC 3 tier Economy.


These 7 trains will be equipped with AC 3 tier Economy Coach with top-notch amenities. 



AC-3 Tier Economy Coaches – Made for Common People of India


A segment of people in India always wished to travel in AC class trains, but they could not afford to pay the existing fare. However, the ticket fare of the AC-3 economy class is 8 % cheaper than the existing AC coach ticket.


Looking at trends of AC ticket sales in the year 2015 onwards, Indian Railways believes in grabbing this segment of the population as their potential customer for AC 3 economy class. Earlier, this segment preferred the Sleeper class for traveling via Indian Railways trains.


Enjoy the Comfort of AC at the Price of Economy Class Ticket


Travelers who used to buy sleeper class tickets for train journeys can now avail the AC coach ride at the same fare. The fare of the AC 3 economy class is set based on the kilometers covered by the train. However, the ticket price for Children in the AC-3 economy class is the same as that of the AC class, and the provision for cancellation and refund rule will be similar to that of the AC coach tickets.


AC 3 Economy Class Base Fare List



Price                                                Km


400                                                 300 km


500                                                 491-500 km


908                                                 741-750 km


1102                                               991-1000 km


1431                                               1476 -1500 km



The cheapest ticket up to 300 km is Rs 440, while the most expensive fare, up to 5000 km, is Rs 4,951. The economical AC 3 is expected to increase the revenue of Indian Railways.




Special Provision for Divyangjan Under Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan


Under ‘Sugyam Bharat Abhiyan’, the AC 3 economy coaches are designed for disabled people. Consequently, disabled-friendly lavatories and seats are allocated in each compartment. Also, there is a wheelchair arrangement for disabled passengers for easy entry and exit to the coach. In addition to this, seat numbers and instructions have been provided in Braille script for the convenience of Divyanjan passengers.


According to news sources, the new AC 3 economy coach will be provided with larger doors and toiletries to ensure a more comfortable journey for disabled passengers.



Foot-operated Basins fitted to AC3 Economy Coach to Prevent Contamination


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hands-free washing basins are available in each coach to prevent touching the knob every time. The Passengers have to press the pedal with the foot to get water and cleaning soap from the various dispensers.


Here are Some additional features of AC 3 Economy Class




  • The new AC 3 tier economic coach is capable of carrying 83 passengers in comparison with the conventional AC 3 coach, which carries 72 passengers.
  • The theme color of each coach is “Beige” (Pale Sandy color) that will replace the old navy blue theme.
  • The new economy class AC coaches have more headspace between the lower and middle berth to avoid head injury.
  • Improvised ladders to access the top and middle berth easily.
  • In each coach, an information system is mounted to display the en-route information, train running status, and other information to passengers.
  • Folding dining tables, reading lamps, and luminous berth numbers are included in every berth.
  • A smoke detector is also provided in each coach for safety reasons.


800 AC 3 Coaches To Be Manufactured by the Year 2022


Under the plan, Indian Railways are aiming to manufacture 800 AC 3 economy coaches. The coaches will be manufactured at Modern Coach Factory, Integral Coach Factory, and Rail Coach Factory of Indian Railways at various locations. According to official railway sources, all AC 3 economy coaches are anticipated to be in service by the year 2022.


Gareeb Rath will be upgraded to AC 3 tier Train Coaches


According to Indian Railways plans, all convention ICF layout coaches will be replaced with superior LHB coaches over a few years from now. In this regard, the antique coaches of Gareeb Rath will be converted to economic 3 AC coaches, which are accessible at a lower rate.


Gareeb Rath train was launched under the reign of former Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav. The introduction of this train was the first move towards providing a comfortable air-conditioned journey to passengers at an economical rate.



What Is the Difference between the AC 3 Tier and AC 3 Tier Economy Class?


The major difference between the new economy AC 3 coach and the old AC 3 tier coach is fare, interior, amenities and facilities, and berths. The conventional AC 3 tier is made on an ICF platform, whereas the AC 3 economy coach is designed on an LHB platform.


As far as the fare is involved, the new economy AC 3 tier ticket is 8 times cheaper than the standard AC 3 tier ticket. Additionally, the new coach has 11 more berths compared to the traditional AC 3 tier coach.


Why Indian Railways Introduced 3 AC Economy Class Despite Having Conventional AC 3 Coaches?


Indian Railway has decided to upgrade convention AC class with the AC 3 economy class to shift sleeping class passengers to a more affordable air-conditioned train. Consequently, the much-touted economy class will enhance the passenger’s experience with several improved features at a very low fare. The move will also bring a massive boost to Indian Railways revenue.


How will AC 3 Economy Class Redefine Train Travel in India?


The AC 3 economy class in Indian Railways is a milestone concerning pocket-friendly traveling experience for aam aadmi. With fare slightly more than sleeper class and lower than conventional AC 3 class, the objective of the railway is to move sleeper class passengers to a comfortable AC class with luxurious facilities. The train is being touted as the exceptional and most low-budget train around the globe. Thus, new measures in Indian Railways will surely redefine train travel in India.


Indian Railways are rolling out numerous new initiatives. In this sequence, planning is made to introduce more new trains with superior facilities and a station redevelopment program.


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Author: Sanjay Kumar

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