Child Fare Rules in Trains

Child Fare Rule in Trains
Child Fare Rule in Trains

Train Ticket Rules for Children

Indian Railway’s ✅ Child Fare Rules in Trains including booking of reserved tickets and unreserved tickets are following.

Child Fare Rules by Railway

Here is the Child Fare rule by Indian railway

Age of Child Class of TravelApplicable Fare
Reserved Accommodation
Child below 5 years of AgeBoth Reserved and UnreservedChildren under Five years of age shall be carried free and purchase of any ticket is not requiredHowever, if berth/seat shall be sough on voluntary basis for children of age below 5 years then ticket shall be issued as under:
1Full adult fare shall be charged
2Divyangjan (Children) as per Railway rule shall be eligible for concession on adult fare.
Children of age 5 years to below 12 yearsReserved accommodation (except sitting) if berth is soughtIn Case of children of age 5 years to under 12 years of age for whom full berth (in Reserved Class) is sought at the time of reservation, full adult fare for such children shall be charged.
If berth is not sought (NOSB) No seat/ berth option If no berth is opted for the children of age 5 years to under 12 years of age at the time of reservation in such cases only half of the applicable adult fare shall be charged and in this case minimum distance of charge shall not be applicable
Reserved sitting accommodationIn reserved sitting accommodation, full adult fare shall be applicable. “Child NOSB (No Seat Option) booking shall not be permitted in CC, EC, 2S, EA etc classes”
Unreserved Accommodation
Children of age 5 years to below 12 yearsUnreserved accommodationIn unreserved classes, for children of age 5 years to below 12 years of age, half of adult fare shall be applicable subject to minimum distance for charge
All Classes
Children 12 years and aboveAll ClassesPassengers of 12 years and above shall be charged full fare
Other Conditions
In case of NOSB tickets, tickets for unreserved class etc, for child where half of the adult fare is applicable the same shall be applicable on the basis fare. Other charges like super fast charge, catering charges, GST etc if applicable shall be levied in full.
Single child or group of children without adult attendant, shall be allowed only in case berths are opted with full fare. However, tickets for children will be issued with no berth option by linking the PNR of parents/ Guardians/ attendants subject to certain conditions.

Child Fare Rules by Railway ~ Commercial Circular & Press Release

Press Release 2022 ~ Free travel is allowed for children below 5 years, if no berth is booked

Commercial Circular 2020 : Child Fare Rules by Railway

Indian Railway announced various rules regarding child fare in trains, but on 06.03.2020 Railway released a circular regarding child fare, it’s a consolidated instruction on child fare rule in trains. Railway Circular regarding Chile Fare Rule attached.

Commercial Circular 2018 : Issue of Reserved Ticket for single child or group of children between the age of 5 years and below 12 years with no berth option

Commercial Circular 2017 : No berth option for Child passenger and minimum distance for charge in such cases

Commercial Circular 2015 : Revision in the Rule 211 of IRCA Coaching Tariff No. 26 Part I (Vol. I)- Fare for children 2015

Child Fare Rules for Un-Reserved Ticket Booking

  • Boys under 12 years of age are allowed in the ladies compartment with relatives or friends.
  • Fare for children of 5-12 years for unreserved tickets shall continue to be half of the adult fare subject to the minimum distance for charging. 
  • Children under five years of age will continue to be carried free (without berth).
                 
Child Fare Rule in Trains
Child Fare Rule in Trains

Issue of Reserved Ticket for Children with No Berth Option

Issue of Reserved Ticket for Single Child or Group of Children between the age of 5 years and below 12 years with no Berth Option

  • Full adult fare will be charged for children of age 5 years and under 12 years of age if for whom berth/seat (in reserved class) is sought at the time of reservation.
  • However, in case berth/seat is not sought for the children of age 5 years and under 12 years of age at the time of reservation,  then half of the adult fare shall continue to be charged subject to the minimum distance for charging.
  • Children under 5 years of age will be provided food in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains without any charge. Train Fare Details

Counter Tickets/e-tickets with no seat/berth option (NOSB) may be issued by linking it with PNR of parent/guardians/attendants subject to the following terms and conditions.

  • Child NOSB e-ticket can be booked through link provided in booked ticket history at parent PNR
  • Child NOSB PNR shall automatically be linked to parent PNR when booked.
  • Only one NOSB PNR shall be linked to parent PNR
  • Vikalp opted PNR shall not be allowed for child NOSB booking
  • Child NOSB PNR shall also not be allowed to opt for Vikalp
  • Number of NOSB berth shall be equal to or less than number of adults in a single PNR ticket (of the parent)
  • Child NOSB booking shall not be permitted in CC, EC, 2S, EA classes.
  • Child NOSB PNR can be cancelled independently and the refund rules for child NOSB would apply.
  • Parent linked PNR, if cancelled, child NOSB PNR shall also be cancelled.
  • If parent PNR is dropped, child PNR will automatically get cancelled along with parent PNR
  • Child NOSB PNR is not valid for travel without Parent PNR.
Child Fare Rule in Trains for Reserved Tickets
Child Fare Rule in Trains for Reserved Tickets

50% Concession for Students in 5-12 years age group

ONLY HALF of ADULT FARE Chargeable for CHILDREN between 5 – 12 years if Berth is not Opted at the time of RESERVATION

Northern Railway announced that, it is notified for the information of general public that Railways have decided , that in case , no berth is opted for the children of age of 5 years and under 12 years of age at the time of reservation , minimum distance for charge shall not be applicable.

In such cases, only half of the applicable adult fare shall be charged. In other cases, minimum distance for charge provision shall continue as earlier. The Indian Railways has already implemented this decision since 01.05.2017.

Child Ticket Fare in Trains
Child Ticket Fare in Trains

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