What you will pay over Rail Budget 2013: Air fare still costlier vs rail fare, but things may change
Bansal, who had hiked passenger fares across the board last month to net Rs 6,600 crore annually, on Tuesday said he does not want to pass on the impact of deregulation of diesel price and hike in electricity charges to passengers for the time being.
Though passengers would be shelling out more for train travel as the minister has marginally increased the supplementary charge for superfast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge, average rail fares will continue to be cheaper than flight charges.
However, if you choose to travel first class AC on most Rajdhani trains, the fare will be nearly R800-1,000 higher than the cheapest air fares available to the same destination.
At the same time, the difference between AC two-tier fares and air fares remains high despite the recent discounts offered by various airlines on domestic routes.
On the lucrative New Delhi-Mumbai route, one-way fares for AC first class after the increased charges was R3,920 while air fares on the same route was around R3,201. But AC two-tier fares are more affordable at R2,325.
The travel industry was pleased that there was no increase in railway passenger fares.
“We expected that after recent increase