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Diwali Gift from Indian Railways: Flexi Fares to be slashed from Trains

Honorable Railway Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal, through his tweet, announced a breaking news for the Railway lovers. The news was a gift to the passengers choosing Railways as their preferred mode to commute. Indian Railways have decided to remove flexi fares in 15 premium trains to facilitate the seat availability in trains with high fare.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, on 31st Oct’18, tweeted – “As a gift to passengers this festive season, Railways has decided to reduce Flexi Fares from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare, and to completely remove Flexi Fares from trains with less than 50% occupancy.”

September 9, 2016 was the date when the Indian Railways launched flexi fares in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains with a view to escalate Railway revenue. But, with a decline in the occupancy after the fare increased by almost 50%, the Railways has decided to slash the Flexi fares, for increase in the number of bookings. To make the trains’ passenger friendly, an eight-member committee was formed to review the scheme.

The concessional Trains with Low Fare
The trains with less than 50% occupancy are taken into consideration to lowering the fare. The trains from which the flexi fares will be completely removed are Kalka-New Delhi express, Shatabdi trains, Howdah-Puri Rajdhani, and Chennai- Madhurai Duronto. The list of trains in which the flexi fares will be removed during off-season are Amritsar Shatabdi, Indore Duronto, Jaipur Duronto, Bilaspur Rajdhani, Kathgodam- Anand Vihar Rajdhani, Ranchi Rajdhani etc.

The reduction in Flexi-fares is going to benefit both the passengers and the Railways as passengers will get tickets in a cheap rate and railways can make revenue by increasing the occupancy rate by a greater number of bookings. However, Indian Railways will continue to charge Flexi fares in 101 trains in which the occupancy level is upto 75% and above.

This is a huge relief of the passengers who struggle for confirm tickets or find it expensive and out of the budget to travel in Shatabdi and Duronto trains. Now, with the removal and reduction of flexi fares, one can easily book tickets in the train of choice.

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Author: Rohit Choubey


Rohit is an avid blogger as well an eminent digital marketeer. He has immense passion towards food blogging. His hobbies include travelling, cooking and watching movies. He is the content analyst for RailMitra.

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Author: Rohit Choubey


Rohit is an avid blogger as well an eminent digital marketeer. He has immense passion towards food blogging. His hobbies include travelling, cooking and watching movies. He is the content analyst for RailMitra.