Garib Rath Trains

Garib Rath Express Train

The Garib Rath express train is one of the premier trains introduced by the Indian Railways in 2005 by Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. 

Garib Rath introduced to provide fully air-conditioned travel to those passengers who could not afford the expensive tickets of the fully air-conditioned Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.

The Garib Rath, whose name means “Poor Man’s Chariot“, was introduced with the facilities of being fully air-conditioned and running faster than most other super-fast express trains running presently.

The maximum speed of Garib Rath trains is 130 km/hr which is the same as Rajdhani’s top speed. However, in Garib Rath trains, passengers are not normally provided with blankets and pillow and they have to pay extra to get those.  

  • The maiden journey of the train started from Saharsa, Bihar to Amritsar, Punjab.
  • Critics and observers alike noted that the maiden journey was chosen between two commercially unimportant routes as many local Bihari people had migrated to Punjab and Yadav’s origination from Bihar led him to choose this route for political purposes.
  • Despite the criticism, the Garib Rath has received positive reviews, with the train capacity reaching near 100% in off-season timings
  • Garib Rath trains are also slated to have many amenities such as fridge, microwave oven.
  • They will have continuous running electronic display which will show distance remaining, next station name and expected time to reach there. The coaches will also be decorated with beautiful paintings of Indian heritage artwork.
  • The emergence of the Garib Rath has led to more connections between commercially important routes, where these trains run faster and make fewer stops, such as the Bandra – Hazrat Nizammudin Express compared to the August Kranti Rajdhani Express.  

Fare of Garib Rath Express Trains

Here is the updated Base fare of Garib Rath Express Trains

Fare of Garib Rath Express Trains
Fare of Garib Rath Express Trains (As per 2022 – 2023 release)

List of Garibrath Express Trains

There are 26 pairs of Garib Rath services operating on Indian Railways. These are very popular services as they facilitate AC travel at fares which are lower than the normal AC-3 tier fares.

List of Garibrath Express Trains
Train No.DestinationsInauguarted on
12203/04Saharsa Junction–Amritsar Junction5 Oct 2006
12113/14Pune–Nagpur19 Jan 2009
12187/88Jabalpur Junction–Mumbai CSMT20 Feb 2009
12201/02Lokmanya Tilak Terminus–Kochuveli1 Feb 2008
12207/08Kathgodam–Jammu Tawi8 Apr 2008
12209/10Kanpur Central – Kathgodam16 Sep 2008
12211/12Muzaffarpur Junction–Anand Vihar Terminal11 Feb 2009
12215/16Delhi Sarai Rohilla–Bandra Terminus7 Feb 2008
12257/58Yesvantpur Junction–Kochuveli24 Feb 2009
12359/60Kolkata–Patna Junction24 Jan 2008
12517/18Kolkata–Guwahati Junction30 Mar 2008
12535/36Lucknow Charbagh–Raipur Junction23 Feb 2008
12569/70Jaynagar–Anand Vihar Terminal29 Sep 2008
12593/94Lucknow Charbagh–Bhopal Junction19 Nov 2011
12611/12Chennai Central–Hazrat Nizamuddin21 Feb 2007
12735/36Secunderabad Junction–Yesvantpur Junction1 Feb 2008
12739/40Visakhapatnam–Secunderabad25 Oct 2008
12831/32Bokaro Steel City–Bhubaneswar8 Mar 2008
12877/78Ranchi Junction–New Delhi28 Jan 2009
12881/82Kolkata Shalimar–Puri6 Jan 2009
12909/10Bandra Terminus–Hazrat Nizamuddin24 Feb 2007
12983/84Ajmer Junction – Chandigarh14 Feb 2009
22405/06Bhagalpur Junction–Anand Vihar Terminal10 Feb 2011
22407/08Varanasi Junction–Anand Vihar Terminal3 Mar 2009
22409/10Gaya Junction–Anand Vihar Terminal3 July 2011
22883/84Puri–Yesvantpur Junction20 July 2012

RAC System in Garib Rath Express Trains

Indian Railway announced on 07.11.2022 that Railway has been decided that in the coaches having 9 berther bays, attached in Garib Rath Express trains, no RAC accommodation should be earmarked.

Provision of RAC system in Garib Rath Express Trains ~ 07.11.2022

Provision of RAC system in modified 3 AC/Sleeper Class coaches ~ 10.01.2008

Provision of RAC system in Garib Rath ~ 14.11.2006

Garib Rath Express :: Booking Option

South Central Railway announced that the passengers are request to compulsory select their Option for bedrolls while booking tickets  for Garib Rath Express Trains under the South Central Railway zones.

Garib Rath Ticket Booking option

For this passengers are requested to pay Rs.25/- as extra charges per Bedrolls while booking the ticket. Tickets booking through Internet and Reservation Counter avail this option. This option will be effective from January 17th, 2013.


  1. I forgot to add bedroll option while booking tickets. Can i book now?? Or will i surely get bedroll in train by paying cash?

    • You can purchase (rented) bedroll while travelling. But this is subject to availability of stock.
      You can also purchase your own bedroll online using IRCTC catering and tourism website / IRCTC outlets available on railway stations for more details on this available on 'Bedroll in Train Online Purchase topic'.


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