The tickets for Vande Bharat Express or Train 18, India's fastest train, can be booked now. The train will embark on its maiden journey on February 17 between Delhi and Varanasi. The ticket prices have already been revealed. The chair car ticket will cost Rs 1,760 and the executive class fare will be Rs 3,310. The prices of the ticket are inclusive of catering charges.
The Vande Bharat Express can move at 180 km per hour, but it will only run at 130 km per hour due to speed restrictions. The Vande Bharat Express will start its journey at 6 am from Delhi and will reach Varanasi at at 2 pm.
To reserve seats in the train, customers can log on to irctc.co.in. Tickets can also be booked directly from windows at stations.
The train 18 is fully air conditioned. It will complete the journey in just 8 hours. It will stop at only two stations-- Kanpur and Prayagraj.
Meals on Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 will not be optional for passengers, unlike in premium trains such as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto express, where they can choose not to avail catering services, officials said. However, passengers travelling the last leg on the route of the train - Prayagraj to Varanasi - will have the choice of opting out of the meals in advance while booking their tickets.
Train 18, developed indigenously by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), will make its first journey between New Delhi and Varanasi, via Kanpur and Prayagraj. The train is a self-propelled on electric traction like metro trains, and will start replacing the existing train fleet of the Shatabdi Express.
With inputs from PTI