Flexi Fare System for Trains

Updated 08.09.2016

Flexi Fare for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Trains


From 09.09.2016 onwards, most Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto train tickets will cost 30-40% more. This dramatic rise is because railways has introduced surge pricing on these trains for all classes except first class AC and executive chair car. 

Under the scheme, dubbed "flexi fares" by railways, base fares will increase 10% with every 10% of berth sold, subject to a ceiling for 1.5 times the base fare, for most classes except third AC for which the ceiling will be 1.4. This means a half-empty train will still see fares at one and a half times current levels. 

Back of the envelope calculations shows that at the 1.5X level, Rajdhani and Duronto tickets would cost about 42-43% more, while Shatabdi fare will rise 32-33%. Only the base fare will be subject to surge pricing, Other supplementary charges will continue to be levied separately, as they are now, and there is no change in them, a famous News Paper reported.

In Short : Surge Pricing Explained

  • Delhi - Mumbai  Rajadhani 2nd AC : 42%
  • Delhi - Bangalore Rajadhani 2nd AC : 40%
  • Delhi - Howrah  Duranto 2nd AC : 43%
  • Delhi - Chandigarh Shatabdi  : 32%

According to the Press release of Railway, Railway decided to introduce the flexi fare system for Rajdhani/Duronto and Shatabdi trains as per details given below:-


The Base Fare for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi class of trains will be on flexi fare system.


Base Fare to rise 50% on Even Half-Empty Trains
  • The base fares will increase by 10% with every 10% of berths sold subject to a prescribed ceiling limit as indicated in the table below. There will be no change in the existing fare for 1 AC and EC class of travel. In the tables given below ‘X’ stands for the present base fares.
Fare Structure for Rajdhani and Duronto category of Trains

Charges % of berths
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
2S
1X
1.1X
1.2X
1.3X
1.4X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
SL
1X
1.1X
1.2X
1.3X
1.4X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
3A
1X
1.1X
1.2X
1.3X
1.4X
1.4X
1.4X
1.4X
1.4X
1.4X
2A
1X
1.1X
1.2X
1.3X
1.4X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1A
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
X= Base Fare
Fare Structure for Shatabdi  category of Trains

Charges % of berths
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
10%
CC
1X
1.1X
1.2X
1.3X
1.4X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
1.5X
EC
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
1X
X= Base Fare





  • Other supplementary charges like reservation charges, Superfast charge, Catering charges, Service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied separately.
  • Vacant berths left at the time of charting would be offered for current booking. Tickets under current booking shall be sold at the last price sold for that class and other supplementary charges like reservation fee, super fast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full.
  • The information should also be displayed to the passenger during the booking in case the fare of lower class becomes higher than the higher class to exercise option to travel by the higher class.
  • The last price for every class of tickets for the particular train should be printed in the reservation chart for the purpose of charging of difference of fare in the train or charging the passengers of the train without ticket etc.,


The operation of various quotas available in these category of Trains shall be as under:
  • Tatkal Quota: The present limit of berths set aside for Tatkal quota in these trains shall be operated as per the existing guidelines.  However, no additional charges as “Tatkal charges” will be levied.  The berths assigned under the Tatkal quota shall be booked at the rate of 1.5 times of the base fare for all classes (2S, SL, 2A, 3A and CC) except 1AC and EC. Other supplementary charges like reservation fee, superfast charges, catering charges, service tax etc., as applicable shall be levied in full.
  • There shall be no Premium Tatkal Quota in these train services.


Concession: 
  • Normal concession as applicable for respective concessional ticket will be admissible on the base fare of the ticket at each stage as per the table above.


Refund Rules:  
  • There will be no change in the existing refund rules.


Other Charges
  • There shall be no change in charges for reservation fee, superfast surcharge etc. Such charges, wherever applicable, shall continue to be levied additionally as per existing instructions.


Service tax will continue to be levied as applicable as per instructions issued in this regard.
All other rules and conditions pertaining to the above category of trains shall be   continued without any change.

The changes in fares as above shall come into force w.e.f 09.09.2016.

The revised fares will not apply to tickets already issued in advance for journeys to commence on or after 09.09.2016.

In the case of tickets already issued at pre-revised rates, the difference of fare shall not be collected from the passengers.

These changes should be carried out in manual ticketing system and in PRS, UTS  etc.,

From 09.09.2016 onwards, most Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto train tickets will cost 30-40% more. This dramatic rise is because railways has introduced surge pricing on these trains for all classes except first class AC and executive chair car. Under the scheme, dubbed "flexi fares" by railways, base fares will increase 10% with every 10% of berth sold, subject to a ceiling for 1.5 times the base fare, for most classes except third AC for which the ceiling will be 1.4. This means a half-empty train will still see fares at one and a half times current levels.

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  1. I want to cancel my duranto ticket. Will I be refunded increased fare.

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