Trains are the most affordable and convenient mode of transport for Indian passengers for long-distance travelling. Some of the longest train routes in India run from the southern to the northern part of the country. Kerala Express is one such long-distance train of Indian Railways which runs from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to New Delhi. This train is highly popular among Keralites and south Indian passengers who want to travel to New Delhi.
In fact, it is so popular that a famous Indian cricket player, Sreesanth, is nicknamed ‘Kerala Express’.
Let’s see some interesting facts about Kerala Express and why it is the number one choice for passengers travelling from South India to New Delhi.
Kerala Express – An Overview
Kerala Express is a superfast train of Indian Railways that runs daily between Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to New Delhi. Currently, it is the longest daily-run superfast train of India. The Kerala Express train runs as 12625 from Thiruvananthapuram to New Delhi and during its return journey, it runs as 12626. Earlier, this train ran with ICF coaches but with effect from 4 November 2018, it runs with new and efficient LHB coaches.
Classes: 2A, 3A, SL
Service Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Duration: 50 hrs 30 mins
Average Speed: 60 km/hr
History of Kerala Express
The first Kerala Express train ran in 1976. At that time, it used to run as a split train named Kerala – Karnataka (KK) Express. It ran between New Delhi, Trivandrum, and Bangalore having bifurcation in Jolarpettai Junction.
Later on in 1983, Kerala Express started running as a separate train. Initially, it was run as a non-daily express train and had a similar time slot with Andhra Pradesh Express, Karnataka Express and Tamil Nadu Express. Later on when it was converted into a daily train, Kerala Express got its own time schedule to follow.
Today, this train generates high revenue for Indian Railways as thousands of passengers travel through this train daily.
Kerala Express Train Route and Schedule
Kerala train number 12625 is a daily train running between Trivandrum and New Delhi. The total distance between these cities is 3035 km. Kerala superfast express leaves Trivandrum at 11:15 on day 1 and reaches New Delhi at 13:45 on day 3. The train takes 50 hrs 30 mins to reach from its source to the destination.
The Kerala Express 12625 route has some important stations including Kollam Junction, Ernakulam Junction, Coimbatore Junction, Tirupati, Vijayawada Junction, Nagpur Junction, Gwalior Junction, Jhansi Junction, and Agra Cantonment on its journey. The complete Kerala Express route map can be understood from the picture below:
12625 Kerala Express Train Time Table:
|TRIVANDRUM CNTL||TVC||Source||0 min||11:15||1||0|
|VARKALA SIVAGIRI||VAK||11:49||1 min||11:50||1||41|
|KOLLAM JN||QLN||12:20||5 min||12:25||1||65|
|KAYANKULAM JN||KYJ||12:58||2 min||13:00||1||106|
|ERNAKULAM TOWN||ERN||15:45||5 min||15:50||1||223|
|PALAKKAD JN||PGT||18:42||3 min||18:45||1||372|
|COIMBATORE JN||CBE||19:55||5 min||20:00||1||426|
|ERODE JN||ED||21:50||10 min||22:00||1||527|
|SALEM JN||SA||22:55||5 min||23:00||1||589|
|KATPADI JN||KPD||02:00||2 min||02:02||2||793|
|RENIGUNTA JN||RU||04:10||10 min||04:20||2||907|
|GUDUR JN||GDR||05:43||2 min||05:45||2||990|
|VIJAYAWADA JN||BZA||09:55||15 min||10:10||2||1283|
|ITARSI JN||ET||01:00||10 min||01:10||3||2241|
|BHOPAL JN||BPL||02:55||5 min||03:00||3||2339|
|BINA JN||BINA||04:55||5 min||05:00||3||2478|
|JHANSI JN||JHS||06:55||10 min||07:05||3||2630|
|AGRA CANTT||AGC||10:20||5 min||10:25||3||2846|
|MATHURA JN||MTJ||11:10||2 min||11:12||3||2900|
|H NIZAMUDDIN||NZM||13:21||2 min||13:23||3||3033|
|NEW DELHI||NDLS||13:45||0 min||Destination||3||3040|
12626 Kerala Express Train Time Table
|NEW DELHI||NDLS||Source||0 min||11:25||1||0|
|MATHURA JN||MTJ||13:18||2 min||13:20||1||141|
|AGRA CANTT||AGC||14:05||5 min||14:10||1||195|
|JHANSI JN||JHS||17:40||10 min||17:50||1||410|
|BINA JN||BINA||19:50||5 min||19:55||1||563|
|BHOPAL JN||BPL||21:50||5 min||21:55||1||701|
|ITARSI JN||ET||23:45||10 min||23:55||1||793|
|VIJAYAWADA JN||BZA||14:45||10 min||14:55||2||1751|
|GUDUR JN||GDR||18:59||6 min||19:05||2||2044|
|RENIGUNTA JN||RU||20:30||5 min||20:35||2||2127|
|KATPADI JN||KPD||23:10||2 min||23:12||2||2241|
|SALEM JN||SA||02:10||5 min||02:15||3||2445|
|ERODE JN||ED||03:10||5 min||03:15||3||2507|
|COIMBATORE JN||CBE||05:00||5 min||05:05||3||2608|
|PALAKKAD JN||PGT||06:22||3 min||06:25||3||2662|
|ERNAKULAM TOWN||ERN||09:20||5 min||09:25||3||2811|
|KAYANKULAM JN||KYJ||12:13||2 min||12:15||3||2928|
|KOLLAM JN||QLN||13:10||5 min||13:15||3||2969|
|VARKALA SIVAGIRI||VAK||13:34||1 min||13:35||3||2992|
|TRIVANDRUM PETT||TVP||14:09||1 min||14:10||3||3031|
|TRIVANDRUM CNTL||TVC||15:15||0 min||Destination||3||3033|
Kerala Express Fare Structure
Regular Ticket (12 and above)
|Sleeper||AC 3-tier||AC 2-tier|
Child Ticket (5 – 11)
|Sleeper||AC 3-tier||AC 2-tier|
Sr. Citizen Female (58 and above)
|Sleeper||AC 3-tier||AC 2-tier|
Sr. Citizen Male (60 and above)
|Sleeper||AC 3-tier||AC 2-tier|
Interesting Facts About Kerala Express
- Longest Hauled Engine: Kerala Express has set a record for being the longest hauled electric engine train between the source (Thiruvananthapuram) and destination (New Delhi).
- King of Overtakes: Rail enthusiasts have given Kerala Express a nickname ‘King of Overtakes’. It is no surprise that this train is given this name because it overtakes every train in its route, except Rajdhanis and Shatabdis.
- Longest Daily Superfast Train: 12625/12626 Kerala Express train is the longest daily running superfast train in India. It is a pride for all Keralites and hugely popular among passengers travelling from South Indian cities to New Delhi.
- Number of Coaches: Typically, Kerala Express runs with 22 coaches in total including SLRs, AC II-tier, AC III-tier, sleeper class and general unreserved ones.
- Change of Train Number: When it was first started, Kerala Express used to run with train number 125/126. It was changed to 2625/2626 once the 4 digit numbering system had been adopted by the Indian Railways in 1989. Kerala Express train number was once again changed to 12625/12626 in December 2010 when Indian Railways adopted the 5-digit number system.
Food Options in 12625/12626 Kerala Express
Although there is a pantry car attached to Kerala Express, it is not advisable to eat pantry car foods. Enjoy a scrumptious assortment of Veg Thali, Non-Veg Thali, Jain Food, Chinese and local delicacies during your journey on Kerala Express. Passengers can avail food delivery in trains to get fresh restaurant-style food directly at their seat. You can order food on a train journey using any one of these:
- RailRestro app or website
- RailMitra app or website
- IRCTC e-catering website or Food on Track app
Kerala Express Seat Availability
If you are looking for Kerala Express seat availability and ticket booking options, then you can use RailMitra’s seat availability feature. It tells you the exact number of available and booked seats in different classes of Kerala Express.
If you have booked a ticket in Kerala Express but got a waitlisted ticket, then don’t worry. Use RailMitra’s PNR status feature which will not only tell you about the current waiting status of your ticket but also predict the chances of confirmation of your ticket. Now that you know the Kerala Express 12626 PNR Status, you can relax and enjoy your journey.
12625/12626 Kerala Express Running Status
Passengers travelling from New Delhi to Kerala must check Kerala Express running status. It will help you plan your journey in a better way and also avoid any unnecessary rush. Live running status of Kerala Express will help you track the exact location of the train and ensure that you don’t miss the train.
Apart from that, if you are already travelling in Kerala Express and want to know the exact location of the train, you can do so by using Kerala Express 12626 running status.
Kerala Express Coach Position
Generally, Kerala Express runs with a total of 22 coaches. There are 8 AC coaches (6 3-tier AC and 2 2-tier AC), 2 General coaches, 9 sleeper coaches and a pantry car.
Second Tier AC Coach (2A)
Are you planning to travel in Trivandrum – New Delhi Kerala Express and have you booked a 2-Tier AC coach ticket? Are you looking for the information related to AC 2-Tier coach of Kerala Express? If yes, you can do so by simply checking out the seat map of the respective coach. There are a total of 2 AC 2-Tier coaches in Kerala Express.
In AC 2-Tier coach of Kerala Express, there are upper berth, side upper berth, lower berth and side lower berth. There are a total of 46 berths available in the second tier AC coach of Kerala Express.
Third Tier AC Coach (3A)
There are a total of 6 AC 3-Tier coaches in Kerala Express. In AC 3-Tier coach of Kerala Express, there are upper berth, side upper berth, lower berth, side lower berth, and middle berth. There are a total of 72 berths available in the second tier AC coach of Kerala Express.
Sleeper Coach (SL)
Are you looking for Sleeper coaches in Kerala Express? Are you planning to travel in Kerala Express? Have you booked a ticket in a Sleeper coach of Kerala Express? If yes, you should know that there are a total of 9 Sleeper coaches (from S1 to S9) in Kerala Express. There are lower berth, side lower berth, middle berth, upper berth, and a side upper berth in Sleeper coaches of Kerala Express.
Unreserved Second Class (GN)
Are you planning to travel in an Unreserved Second Class Compartment (GN) coach of the Kerala Express? You should know that there are only 2 unreserved coaches in Kerala Express. Amongst the 22 coaches available in total, rakes with number 2 and 21 belong to unreserved second class compartment coaches.
Apart from these, there is a Pantry car available with rake number 12. You can buy snacks or drinks from the pantry car. But if you are looking for food on the train, then don’t rely on pantry car foods. Always order fresh and delicious food from RailMitra.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most frequently asked questions about Kerala Express running time, train schedule, and other details.
1. Why is the Kerala Express late today?
If you are also travelling in Kerala Express but you hear the announcement that the train is late today, you must have thought why Kerala Express is late today. You should know that there are many factors because of which a train gets delayed. During winters, long-distance trains like Kerala Express often run late because of fog and bad weather conditions. Apart from that, due to some unforeseen circumstances like construction work, accident, etc, Kerala Express can be late.
2. What is the train schedule of 12626 Kerala Express?
Kerala Express departs from New Delhi at 11:25 on day 1 and reaches Trivandrum Central at 15:15 on the third day.
3. How to spot your train – Kerala Express?
If you are looking for the live running status of a train, then you can use RailMitra’s ‘spot your train’ feature to check live status of Kerala Express.
4. How to check 12625 train live map?
You can check the live running status along with the Kerala Express live map using RailMitra’s ‘live status’ feature.
5. What is the time taken by Kerala Express to reach from New Delhi to Trivandrum Central?
12626 KERALA EXPRESS takes 51 Hours 50 Minutes approx to reach from New Delhi to Trivandrum Central.
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