The railway ministry on September 7 announced that starting September 9, most Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto train tickets will see a hike in price by nearly 30-40%.
The new costs will come under a new scheme dubbed “Flexi fares”.
The cost surge is in stark contrast of Railways current system, under this Trains will witness an increase in base fares by 10% for every 10% of berths being sold on these trains, subject to a cap of 1.5 times the base fare.
This new price scheme will thus result in cost of a berth in a half-empty train being one-and-a-half times the current fare.
This new cost change won’t apply to tickets which have already been issued for 9th September or later.
It must be noted that the decision to leave out 1st AC and the executive chair class was due to the fact that Railways stand to lose these passengers to airlines if they increase the cost further.