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Train Travel

We are revisiting Trivandrum/Kovalam in january and would like to make a trip up to Cochin by train - I have found the train website a bit tricky to navigate as it keeps stating there are no direct trains but doesn't suggest any alternate route.

Does anyone anything about the train system? Where to change, how much, how to book online etc?

Any help will be gratefully received.

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1. Re: Train Travel

Hi Deptford,

Try Cleartrip.com its very simple and easy.

Regards

Peter

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You can use www.erail.com to know about different trains between stations.

As mentioned above www.cleartrip.com is very user friendly site.

deepak

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Hi

We travelled from Kottayam to Triv by train. We wanted to book in advance but gave up, very difficult aas you stated. So instead we just turned up at the station told ticket guy where we wanted to go, paid and went to appropriate platform.

It was a free for all, as the train wwew boarded came in from Mumbai, and we wanted a good/reasonable class carriage with A/C what we actually got was last class carriage NO A/C but you know what .... we had such a laugh with everyone we were travelling with it didnt matter and also kind Keralan people actually gave up their seats for us.

If you dont mind hot hustle and bustle witha few crawlies for a few hours all for 60p go for it. I loved the experience

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Hi,

To book ticket online, please visit the website www.irctc.co.in (run by Indian Railways). Note that you need to search for Eranakulam instead of Cochin. Both the places are same, but is known as Cochin widely outside India. Trivandrum Central station code is TVC and Eranakulam Junction station code is ERS.

I would recommend Jan Shatabdi express for a comfortable and hassle free journey. There are two such trains one leaving at 6:00AM (via Alleppy reaching Eranakulam by 9:15AM) and another one at 2:20PM (via Kottayam reaching Eranakulam by 6:10PM; Note that this one passes through Eranakulam Town station (station code: ERN) and will not go to Eranakulam South station.

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5. Re: Train Travel

Hi deptford,

There are many trains at different times running between Trivandrim and Ernakulam (cochin)

Using your debit card or credit you can purchase the e-ticket and take the print of it, while traveling you must show one Identity card with photo in original (as you have passport that is enough)

At www.irctc.co.in to register for foreigners they ask for indian registered phone number if you do not have the indian number consult for the same with your travel operator/hotel whether to use their number and decide.

with regards,

Alen_10

Edited: 07 December 2011, 06:49
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Thanks for your replie and advice - I'm not sure yet whether to go the organised route and book ahead or just turn up and get on a train! The latter may win, sounds like fun.

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7. Re: Train Travel

Hi

You can try with www.makemytrip.com as well. or you can board any of the day trains. Jan Shatabdi trains are very good, fast and convenient.

Regards

Sam

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