How many vande Bharat trains are there in India now? All details here

The Vande Bharat Express trains have been the talking point in recent months. So, what is so great about these trains and how do they promise to make your experience of train travel better?

Vande Bharat Express
The Vande Bharat Express is equipped with a range of features that enhance passenger safety, comfort, and convenience

In an ongoing effort to modernise the Indian Railways, Vande Bharat trains are being introduced.

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So, what is so great about these trains and how do they promise to make your experience of train travel better? Here are some cool things about the Vande Bharat Express.

What makes these trains special?

These trains boast various safety features, such as the Kavach system, which aims to prevent accidents, including collisions. Additionally, all classes of the Vande Bharat Express have reclining seats. Executive Coaches have the extra-special 180-degree rotating seats.

The Vande Bharat Express is equipped with a range of features that enhance passenger comfort and convenience, such as automatic doors, a GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, onboard hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment, and comfortable seating.

The Vande Bharat Express has been tested at a speed of 180 kmph, although it currently operates at a maximum speed of 160 kmph. The train aims to offer passengers a completely new travel experience, emphasizing speed, safety, and service as its key features and hallmarks.

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Vande Bharat Express routes

Varanasi – New Delhi (22435) / New Delhi – Varanasi (22436) 

Inaugurated on February 18, 2019, this was the first Vande Bharat Express train to enter service. The train connects national capital New Delhi to the sacred city of Varanasi  in Uttar Pradesh and covers the distance in 8 hours. The trains halts at Thyagraj and Kanpur and runs five days a week. Monday and Thursday are the exceptions.

New Delhi – SMVD KATRA (22439) / SMVD KATRA – New Delhi (22440)  

Traversing the route from Delhi to Katra in Jammu and Kashmir in 8 hours, this second Vande Bharat Express was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 3, 2019. With stops at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana, and Jammu Tawi, the train runs six days a week, with the exception of Tuesday.

Mumbai Central – Gandhinagar CAP (20901) / Gandhinagar CAP – Mumbai Central (20902) 

The third Vande Bharat Express 2.0 train began service on September 30, 2022, running the route from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, to Mumbai, Maharashtra, in under six hours, faster than the previous seven to eight hours of other trains. It is known for its speed, quietness, and smoothness. The train runs six days a week (barring Sundays).

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New Delhi – Amb Andaura (22447) / Amb Andaura – New Delhi (22448) 

Started on October 13, 2002, this fourth Vande Bharat Express Train covers New Delhi to Andaura, Himachal Pradesh, in 5 hours and 15 minutes. It travels through Chandigarh, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh, operating six days a week.

Chennai – Mysuru (20608)/ Mysuru – Chennai (20607)

With stops at Katpadi and Bengaluru, this train traverses a distance of 479 km between Chennai and Mysuru in 6 and a half hours and vice versa. Except for Wednesday, the train runs on all other days.

Bilaspur Junction – Nagpur Junction (20825) / Nagpur – Bilaspur Junction (20826) 

Launched on December 11, 2022, this sixth Vande Bharat Express train travels from Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) to Nagpur (Maharashtra) in 5 and a half hours. Except Saturday, the trains runs on all other days. Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, and Gondia are the four halts this trains makes.

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Howrah – New Jalpaiguri (22301) / New Jalpaiguri Junction – Howrah (22302) 

The seventh Vande Bharat Train takes 7 hours and 30 minutes to cover the distance between New Jalpaiguri and Howrah  and vice versa. Inaugurated on December 30, this trains runs on all days except Wednesday.

Visakhapatnam – Secunderabad (20833) / Secunderabad – Visakhapatnam (20834)

The eighth train of the series was launched on January 15. With stops at Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, and Vijayawada stations in Andhra Pradesh and at Khammam, Warangal, and Secunderabad stations in Telangana, this train takes eight-and-a-half hours to cover its route from Vizag to Secuderabad.

Mumbai — Solapur (22225/22226)/ Solapur — Mumbai 

The Mumbai-Solapur Vande Bharat Express will cover the 455 km distance between Mumbai and the textile city in 6 hours and 30 minutes, a saving of nearly one hour in current timings.

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Mumbai — Shirdi (22223/22224) / Shirdi — Mumbai

The Mumbai-Sainagar Shirdi Vande Bharat Express will take 5 hours and 25 minutes to cover the 343 km distance to the temple town.

Delhi — Bhopal (20172/20173) / Bhopal — Delhi

This new Vande Bharat Express route reduces travel time by 30 minutes, covering 700 km in 7 hours and 45 minutes. The train runs six days a week, excluding Saturdays, with a departure time of 5:55 am from Bhopal and arrival at 1:45 pm in Delhi.

Secunderabad — Tirupati (20701) / Tirupati — Secunderabad

The newly launched Vande Bharat train is expected to significantly shorten the travel time between Secunderabad in Telangana and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh by approximately three and a half hours, providing considerable relief to pilgrims traveling between these two destinations. The train will take 8 hours and 30 minutes to cover the distance.

Chennai — Coimbatore (20643) / Coimbatore — Chennai

Southern Railway has planned to operate the high-speed Vande Bharat express train between the two cities on all days except Wednesdays. The train would ply at a speed of 130 kmph reaching the destination on both sides in about 5.50 hours thereby saving 1.20 hours journey time compared to express trains.

Ajmer Jn. — Delhi (20977/20978) / Delhi — Ajmer

This Vande Bharat Express in Rajasthan operates between Ajmer and Delhi Cantt railway stations, with stops at Jaipur, Alwar, and Gurgaon. The Vande Bharat Express in Rajasthan will complete the journey between Delhi Cantonment and Ajmer in 5 hours and 15 minutes, making it the fastest option for this route. The Shatabdi Express, in comparison, takes approximately 6 hours and 15 minutes to cover the same distance.

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Thiruvanthapuram – Kasargod (20634/20633) / Kasargod – Thiruvanthapuram

The Kasaragod – Thiruvananthapuram Vande Bharat Express is India’s 15th Vande Bharat Express train, providing connectivity between Kasaragod and the state capital Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. This Vande Bharat Express covers a distance of 586 taking approximately 8 hours to traverse the distance.

Puri – Howrah (22895/22896) / Howrah – Puri

The 22895/22896 Howrah – Puri Vande Bharat Express is India’s 16th Vande Bharat Express train, linking the states of West Bengal and Odisha. It is the second Vande Bharat express train in West Bengal and the first in Odisha, offering semi-high speed services. The train takes 6 hours and 40 minutes to cover a distance of 502 kilometres.

New Delhi – Dehradun (22457/22458) / Dehradun – New Delhi

The train operates daily, except on Wednesdays, and covers a distance of 302 km between Anand Vihar in Delhi and Dehradun in Uttarakhand in approximately four hours and 45 minutes.

Guwahati – New Jalpaiguri (22227/22228) / New Jalpaiguri – Guwahati

The Guwahati-NJP Vande Bharat Express marks the debut of the Vande Bharat Express in Assam and the Northeast region of India. The train operates between Guwahati in Assam and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal. It is expected to complete the journey from Guwahati to New Jalpaiguri in approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes. The Guwahati-NJP Vande Bharat Express operates six days a week, with the exception of Tuesdays.

(With agency inputs)