Indian railways are one of the complex railways systems around the globe. It takes lots of knowledge to finally understand every bit of information written on the ticket you get after booking one. Indian railways have different seats according to the passenger. You can have your seats according to your comfort level and budget. Let’s take a look on different types of seats and their symbols.
First Class (Air conditioned) (AC1 or First AC)
These seats are for the elite passengers. The berth has a door, which you can lock down. It has four beddings, convertible to seats, windows that re slightly tinted. It comes with an attendant, who makes your beddings and you can call him/her whenever any problem occurs. Charging points and reading lights are available.
AC 2 Tier (2 AC)
This tier have additional space for luggage, and suitable for the passengers, who don’t want to spend more money, but want comfort somewhat like first AC. This tier doesn’t have lockable doors, and an attendant. But the bedding is available. The AC is average and can fluctuate during the journey.
AC 3 Tier (3 AC)
The seating changes to 3 persons per side, and two persons on the other side. The bedding is available in overnight trains. There is no privacy like the above two berths. It is usually crowded as it is the cheapest AC berth available. Common charging points and lightings are available.
The arrangement is same like third AC but minus the air conditioning system. It is the most used berth in railways and most people travel through it. They’re reliable yet, you have to manage some things. You have to bring your own beddings. The berths are crowded, due to local people using them for small system, irrespective of reservation system. This berth is for regular person.
Ac Chair Car (CC)
Berths are present only in short journey, usually covered under a day. The seating is just like an airplane, with space for the luggage at top. The toilets are clean and basic. Overall, it is a coach for regular or weekly passengers who travel short distances.
Non Ac Chair car (SS)
Similar to AC chair, but minus the AC. It is for regular travelers and students. But if no option is available, you can comfort yourself in it for small journeys.
The most common coaches are used for the unreserved journeys. They are the most crowded coaches, and only made for local people, or some hardcore travelers. The seats aren’t comfortable, as they’re not made for long journeys. You can sit wherever you want. Choose wisely before booking an unreserved ticket.
These are various berths and coaches types available in Indian railways. You can get any of them, unless they’re available or you have money to buy them. Wish you a happy journey.