The Indian Railways are favoured by many people who wish to make long distance journeys due to their affordability and comfort. The journey itself is an immersion into the culture, historical heritage and scenic beauty of India. The northern part of India accounts for a significant part of the 3 crore people travelling by train every day.
The train journey from Delhi to Patna offers the same and is also one of the busiest and popular railway lines in the country. The route from Delhi to Patna is covered by over 52 trains. Passengers can choose from between the 6 Rajdhani trains, 3 GaribRath trains, 24 Mail/Express trains, 2 AC Express trains, 3 SamparkKranti trains, 13 superfast trains and the one AC superfast train that are operated on this route.
The shortest route between the two cities is 982.97 kilometres with the route passing through Old Delhi, Tundla, Etawah, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mughal Sarai and Ara before reaching Patna. The Mahananda Express which leaves at 6:35am is the earliest train that runs on this route. The last train between New Delhi and Patna is the Brahmaputra Mail that leaves at 11.40pm.
The fastest train is the New Delhi Howrah Rajdhani Express (12306) which covers the distance of 998 km in 11 hours and 35 minutes. In sharp contrast, the UdyanAbhaToofan Express (13008) traverses the route in 23 hours and 35 minutes. For passengers, who are on time constraints, it is best to take the New Delhi Bhagalpur Weekly SF Express (12350), which reaches Patna Junction on time. It has had an average delay of 0 minutes.
The ticket fare on Delhi to Patna trains is generally Rs.740 in Chair Car (CC), Rs.460 in Sleeper (SL), Rs.3105 in First AC (1A), Rs.1810 in Second AC (2A), and Rs.855 in Third AC (3A) in the general quota. Tatkal ticket fare and premium tatkal fare for this route start from Rs.935 in Chair Car (CC), Rs.1170 in Third AC (3A), Rs.2335 in Second AC (2A), and Rs.595 in Sleeper (SL).
Delhi, the capital city of India, is also the second most populous city and well connected to all other regions of the nation. It is a city steeped in history and culture while also being a hub of industry and progress. There are 14 railway stations in Delhi – Delhi SaraiRohilla (DEE), Delhi Cantt (DEC), Delhi Shahdara (DSA), New Delhi (NDLS), Delhi H Nizamuddin (NZM),Delhi Kishanganj (DKZ), Delhi Azadpur (DAZ), Delhi Sadar Bazar (DSB), Adarsh Nagar Delhi (ANDI), SubziMandi (SZM), AnandViharTrm (ANVT), Old Delhi (DLI), Delhi Safdarjung (DSJ) and Delhi Mg (DE).
Patna, the capital of Bihar, was the birthplace of various kingdoms that played a huge role in shaping India as well as religions like Buddhism and Jainism. It is one of the holiest places in Sikhism. The city has various attractions owing to its history and sees a large number of tourists every year. There are five railway stations in Patna – Patna Jn (PNBE), Patliputra (PPTA), Rajendra Nagar Bihar (RJPB), Patna Saheb (PNC) and Danapur (DNR).