Vande Bharat Express collects Rs 2.7 crore in ticket revenue from Kerala within 6 days

Vande Bharat Express Kerala
When the rakes for Kerala's first Vande Bharat Express reached Ernakulam Town (also known as Ernakulam North, code: ERN) Railway Station on April 14. Photo: Manorama/Robert Vinod

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's first Vande Bharat Express collected Rs 2.7 crore in the first six days of operation.

Until May 7 -- the Railways started its commercial run on April 28 -- 27,000 passengers have boarded the services between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod.

The service received 31,412 bookings and data shows that passengers prefer to travel in the executive class of the 1,128-seat train.

Railways said that all tickets till May 14 had been booked. The trip from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram earned the most – Rs 1.17 crore. The Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod trip garnered Rs 1.10 crore.

The tariff for travel from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod in the chair car is Rs 1,590 and in the executive class Rs 2,880.

There is no dynamic pricing in Vande Bharat trains. However, there is a fare difference between locations in the to and fro journey as catering charges differ during day and night on the train. There will be only tea and dinner on the return trip (i.e. Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram).

The fare will also change based on the time of the travel. While booking tickets there is a tick box to opt out of food. The ticket charge will be less if you do not opt for food.

Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram ticket collection

April 28: Rs 19.5 lakh

April 29: Rs 20.30 lakh

April 30: Rs 20.50 lakh

May 1: Rs 20.1 lakh

May 2: Rs 18.2 lakh

May 3: Rs 18 lakh

The average daily collection from Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod was Rs 18 lakh.

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