Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai Ticket price, Route & Timings

Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai Ticket price is Rs 948 for CC and Rs 1860 for EC class. List is updated in this post, the lowest fare on the VB Express on this route is between Rs 495 (CC) between Katapadi and Chennai, while the highest fare listed is from Mysuru to Chennai (EC) at Rs 2,485.

Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning flagged off south India’s first Vande Bharat (VB) Express train from KSR Bengaluru City railway station to Chennai Central. The train will connect Mysuru, Bengaluru and Chennai. The train departed from KSR Bengaluru around 10.10 am from Platform 7.

PM Modi flags off Vande Bharat Express from Bengaluru to Chennai recently

VB Express services for the public will commence Saturday and it will run six days a week, barring Wednesdays. The SWR said the train will have stoppages in Katpadi and Bengaluru. The railways also released a price list indicating the fares on the route

The Vande Bharat Express train, with 14 chair cars and two executive chair cars, will have automatic doors, a GPS-based audiovisual passenger information system and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai

About Vande Bharat: The Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, is a semi-high-speed, electric multiple-unit train operated by Indian Railways. It was designed and manufactured by the government-owned Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.

On 27 January 2019, the train service was renamed the Vande Bharat Express to honour the fact that the train was manufactured entirely in India for covering distances of 500kms to 750kms. It was designed with the vision of low-cost maintenance and cost optimization in mind. It began operations on 15 February 2019.

Ticket Price of Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai

As per the price list released by the railways, the lowest fare on the VB Express on this route is between Rs 495 (CC) between Katapadi and Chennai, while the highest fare listed is from Mysuru to Chennai (EC) at Rs 2,485.

Latest Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai Ticket price

Including catering, the fare from Mysuru to Bengaluru has been priced at Rs 720 for a chair car (CC) and Rs 1,215 for executive chair car (EC); while from Bengaluru to Mysuru, it is Rs 515 and Rs 985 for CC and EC, respectively.

From Chennai to Mysuru, the rates will be Rs 1,200 for CC and Rs 2,295 for EC; while from Mysuru to Chennai, it will be Rs 1,365 and Rs 2,485 for CC and EC, respectively, including catering.

Route of Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai

Timings of Vande Bharat Express Bangalore to Chennai

The South Western Railway (SWR) said reservations for the train have begun and the public can book tickets. The VB train (20607) will leave Chennai Central at 5.50 am, reach Bengaluru at 10.20 am, and is expected to arrive in Mysuru at 12.20 pm (total travel time: 6 hours 30 minutes). On its return journey, 20608 VB Express will leave Mysuru at 1.05 pm, reach KSR Bengaluru City at 2.55 pm and arrive in Chennai at 7.30 pm (total travel time: 6 hours 35 minutes).

The train, with 14 chair cars and two executive chair cars, will have automatic doors, a GPS-based audiovisual passenger information system, Wi-Fi hotspot, and will be 20 minutes faster than Shatabdi Express. Like Shatabdi Express, VB Express will not have dynamic pricing. It will run at a speed of 75-77 kmph due to speed restrictions and curves, and will be the slowest VB Express in the country.

Also Read How to book Vande Bharat Train Tickets online

Review of Journey via Vande Bharat Bangalore to Chennai

Decided to go for the Executive Chair car on the Vande Bharat, though it is twice the cost and nearly as expensive as a flight to Bengaluru.

It has been a couple of months since the Chennai – Mysuru Vande Bharat express was launched, finally got my chance to ride this train to Bengaluru. I generally try to take newly launched super fast trains very soon after they get flagged off, to get that “fresh” experience of the train. Did the Chennai – Madurai Tejas express on Day 2, but various other priorities prevented me from trying out the Vande Bharat earlier.

The white and blue colour palette of the train gives it an arresting appearance during both night and daytime. The exteriors had been well washed and maintained really cleanly, I could not find any dirty areas or stains. The train has been in operation for 3 months, on a daily basis travelling 1000 kilometres, yet did not show any wear and tear, I am sure it is getting the top priority in terms of upkeep and maintenance. Also fortunately, the aam junta in these southern states don’t pelt stones at the Vande Bharat, even if it represents a shining achievement of the ruling Central Government!

Fortunately, the two Executive Chair car coaches were located in the middle of the train, which meant it would not be too close to the engine. In many trains, the topmost class coach (e.g. AC First Class H1 coach) is located almost right next to the engine, after say one sitting coach, making it very noisy during the journey, with all the honking from the engine going on. There were approximately seven regular Chair car coaches on either side of the EC1&2 coaches.

On a recent journey on the Tejas express, I felt the regular Chair car was a bit cramped. As one gets on in age, subconsciously one seeks more comfort. Decided to go for the Executive Chair car on the Vande Bharat, though it is twice the cost and nearly as expensive as a flight to Bengaluru. Also, it would be a good chance to check out the seating and comfort features of this flagship class.

All in all, the journey to Bengaluru was very comfortable and quick, and I would prefer this to fly any day.

Have a Safe Journey 🙂

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