Waiting Rooms in Railway Stations
Waiting rooms are available at major stations for use by genuine passengers. These can be used free of cost on production of journey tickets for a few hours till the connecting train arrives. Till departure train comes. This logic is somewhat similar to airports waiting systems. If the passenger wants to stay, Railway arranged Retiring Rooms in Railway Stations. For the passengers IRCTC opens world class Executive Lounge (private waiting Area) also at the Railway Stations.
Types of Waiting Rooms
There are 3 types of Waiting Rooms
- Lower Class Waiting Rooms – Non AC
- Ladies Waiting Rooms – Non AC
- Upper Class Waiting Rooms – AC
Lower class and ladies are non AC but upper class is AC. Upper class are for 3A/2A/1A/EC/CC passengers and non-AC rooms are for SL/2S passengers having confirmed or RAC tkt. There are toilet usually in most waiting rooms but no shower facility.
Waiting Rooms : Rules by Railway
Waiting Rooms are present at all major railway stations in India mostly on Platform no. 1 or on terminus side. They are for short term duration use and are free. They are for passengers waiting for departure (outbound trains) and not for arrival . They provide limited seating areas for passengers waiting to catch a train and so no reservations are allowed and seating is first come first served.
- According to rules it is 3 hours before departure or after arrival of your train.
- One should possess a valid ticket with PNR number.
- A entry needs to be made in the waiting room register.
- Passenger can only enter the respective waiting room for the class of travel.
- At destination station passengers are not allowed to spend time in Waiting Room.
- At intermediate station where you have to change the train, you can spend time in Waiting room till your train is arrived.
If the train is late and you are not getting the waiting room you can ask for help to railway police and stay in waiting room or station in permission of Railway Officer , in that time no restriction for time.
Waiting Rooms in Different Stations Details
Details of Waiting Rooms in different Railway Stations in India
Waiting Room : Patna Jn. Station
New waiting hall at Patna Jn. Station in 7500 Sqr ft area with over 300 persons seating capacity. Further 200 more seats can be added, 65″ – Digital screens with entertainment and train information 24×7, Madhubani Paintings, Centrally air conditioned hall, 100% Led lighting.
Waiting Room : Kalupur Stations
IRCTC lounge in Kalupur (Ahmedabad) railway station is available for ₹ 60 per hour. AC sitting, wi-fi, toilet, and charging port are available over there.
Waiting Room : New Delhi Railway Station
Two upper class AC waiting halls have been made available at New Delhi Railway Station, one each on Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate side. Passengers can avail the facility by paying a Nominal charge of ₹ 10/hr per person.
Vishakhapatnam Railway Station Gaming Zone For Passengers
First time in Indian Railways a gaming zone has been developed at PF No.1 of Vishakhapatnam Railway Station for waiting passengers and their children. This is an innovative initiative by Waltair Division.
Waiting Room : Trivandrum Central Station
AC Paid waiting room at Trivandrum Central with seating capacity of 48 passengers has been set up in association with Kudumbashree, an all women Self Help Group under Govt. of Kerala.A reasonable entry fee of ₹ 25/hour is charged.
Waiting Room : Kollam Station
At Kollam station the Waiting Room facility is manned by Kudumbashree and the hall has a seating capacity of 40. A mini library, TV, washrooms and a kids play zone are additional features of these AC waiting hall. A reasonable entry fee of ₹ 25/hour is charged.