How to Travel in a Public Transport in India

Travelling by public transport in India can be very difficult if you're not used to it. You would be really fortunate to get a seat reservation in an Indian train if you try 15-20 days before your journey. For some trains, 200% seats get reserved the day '90 days' window opens up for advance booking and you end up getting a wait-list status. Similar is the condition of bus services. This article will help you simplify your travel by public transport service in India.


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    Plan your travel. India is a vast country with many big metropolitan cities. Decide your destination and look for the shortest way to reach it.
    • If you are travelling to a different city/ state, it is advisable to use the train (railway) service. India has one of the largest railway networks in the world, connecting around 7,500 stations throughout the country.
    • An alternative to railways is the bus service. Buses are slower modes of transport, but connect various small parts of India which aren't covered by the railways, yet.
      • Bus services are provided most of the state's governments. Private services are available too.
    • If you are travelling intra-city (within a city), try opting for the local railway services. Local railways are the backbones of various Indian metropolitan cities (including, but not limited to: Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai).
      • Getting on local trains can be difficult, especially during peak hours. Hundreds of thousands of people use these services everyday.
      • Use local-bus services. Services from BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) and similar agencies make the transportation within a city much easier.
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    Co-operate with fellow-passengers. Public transport will be crowded and you'll, usually (during office timings), not find a place to sit. Understand that this is a pain many other people are going through too.
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    Carry essential items. Long distant transport services like trains and buses occasionally get delayed. Carry the items necessary for your trip.
    • If you are travelling with children, carry adequate amount of food and water. Keep in mind that you just want to carry adequate, not a lot!
    • Carry tissues and hand sanitizer. Do not expect the services to be very clean and tidy. Learn to adjust.
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    Do not carry a lot of valuables. Carrying additional valuables will only tempt people to steal it. Carry only those which is required for the journey.

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